The severe and worsening inequality in the United States means that access to opportunity is often dependent on where a person lives. Yet due to a lack of available affordable housing and deeply rooted patterns of residential segregation, where people live depends in large part on their income, race, and ethnicity. Policies that promote residential mobility while also reinvesting in racially segregated and high-poverty neighborhoods are crucial for reducing inequality and promoting healthy communities.
The Center for American Progress is pleased to present a discussion of affordable and fair housing with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. An expert panel will further explore these issues, with a particular focus on how to preserve affordable rental housing while also revitalizing neighborhoods, as well as strategies to address the rental affordability crisis that are outlined in a report the Center will release on December 16.
Secretary Julián Castro, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
Michael Bodaken, President, National Housing Trust
David Bowers, Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
George A. Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Bread for the City
Barbara Sard, Vice President for Housing Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Sarah Edelman, Director, Housing Policy, Center for American Progress