Lessons Learned from COVID-19: Solutions to America’s Housing Crisis

When:  Jul 12, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (ET)

Lessons Learned from COVID-19: Solutions to America’s Housing Crisis

1 LU/HSW | free

Overview:
National Low Income Housing Coalition President and CEO Diane Yentel will share insights into how the pandemic exacerbated America’s housing crisis, accelerated racial inequities, and exposed significant gaps in our nation’s housing safety net. Long-term, structural reform, including universal housing assistance, is needed to help better prepare for the next crisis and to help end homelessness and housing poverty once and for all.

Learning outcomes:
  • Understand the underlying cause of America’s housing crisis and who is most severely impacted
  • Understand the impacts of the pandemic on housing insecurity and homelessness
  • Understand the significant gaps in federal housing protections and safety net systems
  • Understand the structural reforms needed at the federal level
  • Understand how universal housing assistance would help end homelessness and housing poverty
Panelist:
Diane is the President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a membership organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Diane is a veteran affordable housing policy expert and advocate with nearly two decades of work on affordable housing and community development issues. Before rejoining NLIHC (where she previously worked as a policy analyst), Diane was Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Enterprise Community Partners, where she led federal, state, and local policy, research, and advocacy programs. Prior to Enterprise, Diane was the director of the Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she managed a team overseeing the development and implementation of nationwide public housing policies, procedures, and guidelines. She also worked to advance affordable housing policies with Oxfam America and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and served for 3 years as a community development Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. Diane is frequently cited in media outlets, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico, Mother Jones, NPR, and The Guardian. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Housing Conference, and the Coalition on Human Needs, and has a master’s in social work from the University of Texas at Austin.

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