Our Region, Race + Real Estate

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Join us for a conversation about real estate and racial justice in the Washington, DC region and beyond.  From housing affordability, discrimination and fair housing, and declining ownership rates among BIPOC buyers, there are systemic issues that need to be addressed.  Public, private partnerships and collaborations are part of the solution.  The panel moderator will be lisa wise (’20), founder of birdSEED, a housing justice foundation. She will be joined by Harrison Beacher, immediate past president of GCAAR and member of DC Strike Force for Affordable Housing (DC); Laurie Benner, Vice President, National Fair Housing Alliance (MD/National); and Ben Mindes, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

This conversation is among the most important facing our region.

About 34 percent of Black D.C. residents own their homes — a decrease from 46 percent in 2005, according to American Community Survey data cited in the report. Meanwhile, White homeownership in the city increased from 47 percent to 49 percent between 1990 and 2019. To bring justice and racial equity to our region, we need to rely on intentional partnerships, many of which emerge and grow with conversations like this one.

DC Economic Partnership
1495 F St NW, Washington, DC

4-4:30pm: Registration and Networking 
4:30-5:30pm:  Program
5:30-6:00pm: Networking

This event honors David Harrington (’15) who was a long time business leader and advocate for Prince George’s County and a beloved member of the Leadership Greater Washington Community.  The Class of 2015, together with the class of 2022, is raising $10,000 to fund a grant in David’s honor. A first-time BIPOC homebuyer in Prince George’s County will be awarded that amount at closing, no strings attached. The grant will be administered by the birdSEED foundation and will be made in Spring of 2022.