Housing, Civil Rights, Consumer Experts to Discuss Reforming the Housing-Finance System to Promote Broad Access and Affordability


Washington, D.C. – June 3, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — At an event on Wednesday, June 5, the Center for American Progress 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 addresses how our housing-finance system can be reformed to ensure that all Americans can access sustainable, affordable housing. The paper will also address how can we meet the credit needs of historically underserved populations and geographies, and the role the secondary market plays in addressing these challenges.

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, former U.S. Representative (D-NC)

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

Featured panelists:
Janis Bowdler, Economic Policy Director, National Council of La Raza
Ed Brady, President, Brady Homes; Member, Bipartisan Housing Commission
James Carr, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; 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; Executive Director, UNC Center for Community Capital

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
12:00 p.m. ET – 1:45 p.m. ET
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

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

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