As the housing wage continues to rise in our state and the nation, many low-income families that are working to make ends meet are at risk of falling into homelessness. Many of these families are people of color seeking housing assistance through the homeless response system. Even if families do not become literally homeless, the lack of affordable housing has negative consequences for households and communities.
To create an effective system, we need to strategically target interventions that prevent families from becoming homeless and address systemic housing inequities, practices, and their effect on communities of color. This IForum will explore the interconnection between racial equity and homelessness and emerging prevention strategies to address family homelessness.
- Amber Elliott, Housing Director, Community Solutions
- Catherine (Katie) Burton, Program Coordinator, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
- Marybeth (Beth) Shinn, Professor, Department of Human and Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University
- Werner Oyandel, Commission on Equity and Opportunity
- Nancy A. Hronek, Staff Attorney, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc.
- Mirtha Santana, Vice President, Empowerment, RiseBoro Community Partnership
- Liany Arroyo, Director of Department of Health and Human Services, City of Hartford
- Shanta Wiley, Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau
More speakers/panelists to be confirmed.
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