How Can the Housing Finance System Promote Broad Access and Affordability?

How can we reform our housing-finance system so that all Americans can access sustainable, affordable housing? How can we meet the credit needs of historically underserved populations and geographies? What role does the secondary market—which buys mortgages, packages them into securities, and sells them to investors—play in addressing these challenges? How can structural reforms support these core principles?

At this event, CAP and the National Council of La Raza, joined by a broad range of housing, civil rights, and consumer groups, will release a white paper that tackles these difficult questions. Following the presentation of the paper, a distinguished panel will comment on the recommendations and discuss their own views on how the housing finance system can address questions of access and affordability.

Featured speaker:
Brad Miller, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; former U.S. Representative (D-NC)

Paper presentation:
Julia Gordon, Director, Housing Finance & Policy, Center for American Progress

Featured panelists:
Janis Bowdler, Economic Policy Director, National Council of La Raza
Ed Brady, President, Brady Homes and Member, Bipartisan Housing Commission
James Carr, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress and Distinguished Scholar, the Opportunity Agenda
Phillip Swagel, Professor in International Economic Policy, Maryland School of Public Policy

Moderated by:

Janneke Ratcliffe, Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress and Executive Director, UNC Center for Community Capital


Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Additional information

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.