Webinar: Solutions to Escalating Housing Challenges during COVID-19



UnidosUS, Centro Campesino, and the Jorge M. Pérez FIU Metropolitan Join Together to Host a National Webinar on the Growing Local and National Affordable Housing Challenges in the COVID Economy On Thursday, October 8, 2020 UnidosUS, Centro Campesino and the Jorge M. Pérez FIU Metropolitan will present newly released reports and policy direction on the growing affordable housing needs facing the nation and South Florida as a result of the economic and community impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

UnidosUS, formerly National Council of La Raza, is the largest Latino nonprofit advocacy organization in the United States. UnidosUS works with nearly 300 grassroots organizations in 37 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico to help strengthen the Latino community around the United States. The affiliates work on a wide range of issues that impact their local communities, from health care to education to immigration across the country.

Agatha So, Senior Policy Analyst [she, her, hers], will present the latest issue brief from UnidosUS illustrating a vivid and painful picture of Latino renters’ fragility in the current economic crisis, as well as the factors that contribute to their vulnerability to immediate danger of eviction in the midst of a public health crisis. The brief outlines a framework of recommendations for federal and local policymakers to mitigate the devastating immediate and long-term impact of the pandemic on Latino renters.

Centro Campesino will present their recent Affordable Housing Needs Assessment of South Miami-Dade and Northern Monroe Counties. The presentation will include specific policy recommendations to address the immediate and long-term needs of low-income renters and owners in the COVID economy. John Martinez, Executive Director of Centro Campesino will be joined by Dr. Ned Murray, AICP Associate Director of the Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center who served as principal investigator on the planning study.

Facilitating and joining in on the webinar will be Mercedes Marquez, former Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the Obama Administration. Mercedes also served as Senior Counsel to the Secretary; Deputy General Counsel for Civil Rights and Fair Housing, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the Clinton Administration, and, most recently, Deputy Mayor for Housing and General Manager of the Housing Department, City of Los Angeles.

Register for the Webinar at go.fiu.edu/housingwebinar. Participation is free, but registration is limited.