[ONLINE] - COVID-19 Equitable Relief & Recovery Session 2

An Urban America Forward & New America Local Webinar Series

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Please join us August 24 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET for the second webinar in this series: “Preventing Housing Insecurity: COVID-19, Rent, and Mortgage Relief.” Quality affordable housing was out of reach for many families prior to the pandemic. The economic impact of the COVID-19 has unleashed a disproportionate housing crisis on Black, Brown and low-income families. This panel will discuss tools such as rental assistance, eviction moratoria and diversion programs, the capacity of homelessness response systems in the face of COVID-19, and ways to ensure federal, state and local funding streams for housing assistance are actualized.


  • Alaina Beverly, Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs, University of Chicago
  • Molly Martin, Director, New America Indianapolis


  • Charles Rutheiser, Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Breonne DeDecker, Program Director at Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative (New Orleans)
  • Tisha Edwards, Executive Director, Office of Children & Family Success - City of Baltimore
  • Warren Hanson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
  • Terri Lee, Chief Housing Officer, City of Atlanta
  • Marisa Novara, Commissioner, Department of Housing - City of Chicago

Reflections From:

  • Dr. Breanca Merritt, Founding Director, Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy

The Urban America Forward: Equitable Relief & Recovery webinar series highlights practices and partners who are prioritizing racial equity in their response to the pandemic in eight U.S. cities. We will discuss the work of equitable relief, lessons learned, and models for collaboration with leaders from Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Washington D.C.

Webinars are open to all local innovators and community development practitioners to enable the sharing of insights across cities. The series will be made available on the New America COVID-19 YouTube playlist, the Urban America Forward website, and syndicated by The Indianapolis Recorder, one of America's oldest Black newspapers.

Launched in 2015 by the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, the Urban America Forward program convenes non-profit, private, public and philanthropic sector leaders, as well as urban researchers and social scientists who are committed to furthering equity in urban America.

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New America Local is a geographically distributed team at New America, created in 2015 to work with local communities on issues of racial and economic equity. We build better feedback loops between lived experience and policy design, providing a national platform for local problem solvers.

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization with 90 affiliates serving 300 communities, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than two million people nationwide.

The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, New America Indianapolis, and The National Urban League are honored to host this important and timely conversation with the generous support of our partners:

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