For many, the events of 2020 have spurred a long-needed national awakening on issues of inequity, injustice and systemic racism.  One need look no further than the history of American housing policy to see systemic racism in action.

The next Atlanta Regional Housing Forum will feature an overview of discriminatory housing policy through the years, as told by the Segregated by Design video, based on Richard Rothstein’s book, The Color of Law. Our presenters will share how national policies highlighted in the video impacted Atlanta and the region.

How did decades of policy, attitudes, and actions create overcrowded neighborhoods, cripple transportation policy, and diminish public infrastructure? How do actions taken during Reconstruction continue to shape our city and region today?

How did these policies impact economic opportunity for communities of color? At the core of the wealth gap between Black and White households is wealth created through homeownership and passed on to the next generation. Black families were denied equal access to these homeownership opportunities decade after decade – resulting in a homeownership gap of 30% and 10% of the average wealth of White families.

Forum presenters will dive deep in the history of housing policy while also examining current day concerns related to Decatur’s Legacy Park, and the evolving history of Avondale Estates.

Make plans now to join us for the next Atlanta Regional Housing Forum, a virtual event to be held on Wednesday, December 9 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Details and registration at

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