The Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) will begin its spring series on Thursday, January 28, at 12:30 p.m. with the virtual roundtable discussion on “Community-Based Approaches to Creating Sustainable Affordable Housing.” Panelists will discuss housing cooperatives, community land trusts, and shared equity housing models as viable alternative approaches to creating sustainable affordable housing and building community wealth. In this virtual roundtable, our panelists will share their insights on the processes of creating affordable housing collectives, and discuss the role of public policy, community organizing, and housing advocacy in the quest for fair housing.

Panelists include: 

  • Edward Garcia, a lead community organizer and involved with community development at the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition and member of the Northwest Bronx Community Land Trust.
  • Judy Meima, who works with tenant groups and cooperatives as an independent consultant. She previously worked at the D.C. nonprofit Mi Casa Inc. and served as the manager of the organization’s TOPA program. In a recently published article in Shelterforce, she shares lessons from 20 years of enabling tenants to buy their buildings.
  • Ruoniu (Vince) Wang is research manager at Grounded Solutions where he focuses on evaluating affordable housing policies and programs, geography of inequality, and residential mobility. He has recently co-authored a report with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy that presents the most comprehensive study of shared equity housing programs conducted to date.
  • Stephanie Rivera, Esq., is a member of the nascent East New York Community Land Trust Initiative.

This event is moderated by Dr. Natasha Fletcher, Associate Director of CURE. 

Registration is required at Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.