Addressing the Housing Crisis in New York and Beyond: Two Part Webinar Series

Hosted by Neighborhood Funders Group, Engage New York, and the Neighborhoods First Fund

Part 1 - The Urgency of Now: What Funders Need to Know About the Housing Crisis
July 22 (11am-12pm PT /2pm-3pm ET)


Part 2 - Sustainable Housing Solutions: Effective Interventions and Long-term Strategies
August 12 (11am-12pm PT /2pm-3pm ET)

 

An estimated 30-40 million people in America are at risk of evictions. Analysts predict the United States is facing an unprecedented housing crisis with over 20 percent of renter households behind on rent and hundreds of thousands of evictions filed. While renters struggle to make ends meet, private equity funds have stockpiled over 300 billion dollars to buy distressed properties, which will exacerbate the crisis even further. Philanthropy has not shifted nearly enough resources to match the urgency of the crisis. 

As the country struggles to come to grips with the ongoing killings of Black people and the Covid 19 health crisis, it is critical that funders understand housing as a health and racial justice issue. Communities of color have led successful campaigns to protect renters and other efforts to expand tenant rights and power are ongoing. These victories include making it easier for rent debtors to access assistance and requirements for landlords to proactively help tenants. Much more support is needed for these victories to be implemented and expanded, and without such support, opportunities to expand housing security and create wealth may be lost.

Join NFG, Engage New York, and the Neighborhoods First Fund for a two-part webinar series to discuss the state of housing advocacy and organizing campaigns and hear from movement leaders, housing scholars, and journalists about their work and what they need from funders. 

The first webinar, The Urgency of Now: What Funders Need to Know About the Housing Crisis, will brief funders on the urgency of the crisis and what short term victories have been won. Come to learn who is helped and who is left out of short-term relief, and how local campaigns in New York are engaging in budgetary process to win immediate assistance for renters. The second webinar, Sustainable Housing Solutions: Effective Interventions and Long-term Strategies, will share high-level forward thinking strategies to combat evictions through the creation and expansion of pro-renter institutions.

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Part 1 - The Urgency of Now: What Funders Need to Know About the Housing Crisis

July 22 (11am-12pm PT /2pm-3pm ET)

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Part 2 - Sustainable Housing Solutions: Effective Interventions and Long-term Strategies

August 12 (11am-12pm PT /2pm-3pm ET)

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Whether your organization has many investments in housing, or you are still working out how housing affects your foundations priorities, we invite you to join this dynamic webinar series and explore opportunities to learn from, lift up, and support innovative and equity-promoting work to address the crisis.
 
Who is this webinar series for? If you are a foundation leader (staff or board member) currently funding housing, racial or economic justice you are encouraged to attend. Please direct questions to Faron McLurkin, Vice President of Programs, Neighborhood Funders Group or Lisa Fasolo Frishman, Project Director, Engage New York. 


 

About the Democratizing Development Program: NFG’s Democratizing Development Program (DDP) brings together place-based and national funders to provide learning, analysis, and mutual support around organizing the field of philanthropy and genuinely partnering with communities to support sustainable development and community power building strategies. Our funders catalyze change through collaboration with community stakeholders, addressing systems of inequity to create long-lasting benefits for low-income individuals and communities of color in neighborhoods. Learn more about the Democratizing Development Program here.

About Engage New York: Engage New York is a network of grantmakers who fund in New York and seek to align and leverage a range of community change strategies to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities throughout the state. By coming together, we aim to break down silos and build lasting and meaningful change on issues shaping the quality of life for New Yorkers including good jobs, affordable and accessible housing, transportation, voting rights, quality public education, affordable and accessible health care, and equality under the law for all peoples including the vast and diverse immigrant communities across New York State. Learn more about Engage New York here

About Neighborhoods First Fund: The Neighborhoods First Fund for Community-Based Planning (NFF) is a donor collaborative founded in 2015 to promote equitable, inclusive, and accountable development in New York City. We believe that the communities experiencing the impacts of structural racism and inequality, including displacement, housing precarity, and homelessness, need to lead in designing and implementing alternative systems. To do this, they need resources to engage community members, to build and wield power and to hold government accountable. NFF prioritizes support to organizations authentically rooted in disenfranchised communities and led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Learn more about Neighborhoods First Fund here. 

 

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