Racial Equity and Housing

The second in a series of housing forums presented by the Amherst Affordable Housing Advocacy Coalition will be held on Tuesday, April 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Panelists will discuss a number of topics:

  1. History of fair housing in Massachusetts and the US
  2. Exclusion of Black Persons from Amherst Housing
    • Evidence from archival research
    • Evidence from oral history
  3. Assuring access to affordable housing
  4. Increasing housing diversity to increase population diversity
  5. Beyond affordable housing: normalizing opportunities for access to Amherst housing for persons of color
  6. Advocating for change at the state level.

Speaking will be

  • Whitney Demetrius, CHAPA
  • Michele Miller and Matthew Andrews, Reparations for Amherst
  • Demetria Shabazz and Isolda Ortega, Racial Equity Task Force of Amherst
  • Keith Fairey, Wayfinders
  • Jane Loechler, Valley Community Development
  • Kathleen Anderson, NCOBRA
  • Francine Rodriguez, Family Outreach of Amherst, and
  • John Hornik, Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust.

The program is cosponsored by the Amherst Municipal Housing Trust and the League of Women Voters of Amherst.

Go to bit.ly/racialequityandhousing to join on Zoom.