Opportunity Everywhere: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing to Transform Communities.
As soon as 2017, communities and states across the country must have plans in place to affirmatively further fair housing and equalize access to opportunity. HUD is also creating new sources of data and other resources to create and implement these plans. Every jurisdiction receiving HUD funding must create a plan, but these plans are only as good as the community input that goes into them. Join us to learn more about this tool to shape diverse and equitable communities. This multi-state conference will host leaders from a variety of legal, housing and community based organizations to explore the ruling, implications and possible applications.
The Keynote speaker will be Betsy Julian, Founder & Senior Counsel, Inclusive Communities Project. Elizabeth (Betsy) Julian is president of the Dallas-based Inclusive Communities Project. From 1993 to 1996, she worked as Deputy General Counsel for Civil Rights & Litigation, later as Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Her pre-HUD experience includes 20 years of practice of poverty and civil rights law in Texas, where she represented primarily low-income clients in cases involving housing discrimination, voting rights, municipal services discrimination and indigent health care. From 1988-90 she was executive director of Legal Services of North Texas, and helped found the Texas Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Ms. Julian is one of the primary architects of ICP's legal challenge to the state of Texas' allocations of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, which was decided in ICP's favor in June 2015 by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The conference is sponsored by the Open Communities Alliance and the UConn School of Law. Open Communities Alliance is a new Connecticut-based civil rights organization that promotes access to opportunity for all people through education, organizing, advocacy, research, and partnerships. The Alliance works to build an urban-suburban interracial coalition to support policies that lead to housing choice.
Conference: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Reception: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.