Forging a New Housing Policy: Opportunity in the Wake of Crisis

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The National Center for Suburban Studies and the Department of Sociology present a one-day symposium

Forging a New Housing Policy:
Opportunity in the Wake of Crisis


Sponsored by the Rauch Foundation

Homes for sale in Des Moines, Iowa
Homes for sale in Des Moines, Iowa. Courtesy of the National Training and Information Center's Foreclosure Photo Project,

The collapse of the private mortgage market has devastated communities across the United States, particularly communities of color. Public debate has focused on rescuing delinquent homeowners and bolstering the financial sector, but there has been less discussion of the crisis as a moment of change. Hofstra University's National Center for Suburban Studies and Department of Sociology organized a one-day conference that considered new approaches to housing policy and new opportunities for community organizing. The conference featured panels that linked an analysis of the crisis to concrete paths to action, and provided a venue for sharing insights and strategies. We invited organizers, advocates, academics, and policymakers to this one-day symposium that considered the present opportunities for the transformation of housing policy.

Keynote Speaker:
Chester Hartman
Director of Research, Poverty and Race Research Action Council
Co-Editor, A Right to Housing: Foundation of a New Social Agenda

Luncheon Speaker:
James H. Carr
Chief Operating Officer, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Former Senior Vice President, Financial Planning, Innovation, and Research, Fannie Mae Foundation (1996-2007)
Co-Editor, Segregation: The Rising Costs for America

8:00-9:00 Reception / Registration
9:00-10:30 Welcome Address by Chester Hartman
10:45-12:15 Panel 1: The Evolving Crisis in Context
  • Michael Stone, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Aracely Panameño, Center for Responsible Lending
  • Jeff Crump, University of Minnesota
  • Josiah Madar, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, New York University Law School
12:15-1:45 Lunch Address by James Carr
1:45-3:15  Panel 2: Fertile Ground for Innovation?
  • Elvin Wyly, University of British Columbia
  • James Mumm, National Training and Information Center
  • Mary O’Hara, Burlington Associates / ROC USA Network
  • Anthony Flint, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
3:30-5:00 Panel 3: New Strategies for Policy and Organizing
  • Brenda Torpy, Champlain Housing Trust
  • Steven Meacham, City Life / Vida Urbana, Boston
  • Mike Howells, C3 / Hands Off Iberville, New Orleans
  • Nellie Hester Bailey, Harlem Tenants Union