At the December Housing Forum, we were reminded that the Atlanta region is segregated with a history of racist housing policies and practices. As we learned from a mapping presentation from Mike Carnathan of the Atlanta Regional Commission, this isn’t ancient history — “segregation’s role in the systems of metro Atlanta lead us today to the lowest rate of upward mobility in the nation, the highest rate of suburbanization of poverty, and a central city that has the highest income inequality in the nation.”

What’s next? How can we make it right? What can we do about it as a region?

In a conversation with Robin Rue Simmons, Alderman with the City of Evanston, IL, we will examine the City’s work in local reparative housing justice. Evanston passed the nation’s first funded local reparation policy for Black residents to correct housing injustices of the past and build toward a less segregated community.

We’ll ask Prentiss Dantzler, Assistant Professor at the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University, about the playbook for reimagining and rebuilding a less segregated community. Prentiss’ work lies at the nexus of urban poverty and inequality, housing policy, race and ethnic relations, and community development practice.

To give us a sense of the latest metro affordable housing needs, Mike Carnathan with Atlanta Regional Commission will also unveil its new Regional Housing Demand study.

Join us for the first Forum of 2021 as Forum founder and moderator Bill Bolling will also share the latest updates regarding the eviction crisis and more.

REGISTER NOW for the Wednesday, February 3, 2021 Housing Forum here.


Schedule Change: Given the unprecedented number of issues related to affordable housing, our 2021 Housing Forum schedule is moving from four quarterly to six bi-monthly events. Mark your calendars for these dates: February 3, April 7, June 2, August 4, October 6, December 1

Continue the Conversation: Another change in 2021, we will be piloting a small group discussion after each forum event. Additional details on how you can engage and participate in these discussions forthcoming.

How to Watch the Forum: Unless otherwise noted, all 2021 Forums will take place virtually, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. We will continue to broadcast the forum live on YouTubeFacebook, and Twitter.

Your Thoughts on our 2021 Topics? Please take a moment to answer this one-question survey. Share your thoughts about topics we are considering for 2021.

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