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Facing the Affordable Housing Crisis: A Three-Part Series

November 21, January 16 & January 30

5:00-6:00 p.m. Cash Bar  |  6:00-8:00 Presentation

Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge, 2nd Floor

Affordable housing has become a crisis in our county and nationwide. Government policies, market forces, and changing demographics have combined to keep affordable housing out of reach for many of our fellow citizens.

In this enlightening, three-part series, experts and community representatives will explore the history of affordable housing and how government policies affected residents of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County—especially people of color (November 21); the esidents of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County—especially people of color (November 21); the challenges to be overcome (January 16); and proposed solutions for a brighter future (January 30).

Session 1:
AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND RACE

Thursday, November 21

  • Kathleen Koch, Executive Director for Arundel Community Development Services, Inc., will present an introduction to affordable housing.

  • Screening of the documentary Owned:  A Tale of Two Americas. This film examines the dark history of the U.S. housing economy and exposes a foundational story that few Americans understand as their own.

  • Janice Hayes Williams, a local historian and director of the Anne Arundel County Office of Community Engagement and Constituent Services (CECS), will lead a discussion on how federal housing  policies in the post-World War II era impacted Annapolis and Anne Arundel County and why we continue to face affordable housing issues today.

 

Session 2:
AFFORDABLE HOUSING: UNDERLYING ISSUES
Thursday, January 16 

Lawrence Lanahan, a Baltimore journalist who has done in-depth, award-winning reporting on racism and housing issues for NPR, will discuss the impact of NIMBY (not in my backyard) attitudes and the challenges that community activists and politicians must address to implement affordable housing solutions. Community representatives will provide testimonials on

  • The lack of affordable housing in our area

  • Illegal activity such as landlords refusing vouchers or requiring forms for creditworthiness

Session 3:
AFFORDABLE HOUSING: NEXT STEPS
Thursday, January 30

Speakers will outline promising steps for making home ownership a reality and affordable housing available for all citizens in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County—including pending city and state legislation and public-private partnerships.

 

Speakers to be announced.

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