Monday, April 15, 2019
from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

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Virginia Commonwealth University Student Commons
907 Floyd Avenue
2nd Floor
Richmond, VA 23220

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Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Fulton Bank


Silver Sponsors


Dominion Energy

Brass Sponsors

Virginia Community Development Corporation


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I'm traveling from out of town, where should I stay?
Thanks for making the trip to Richmond! There are a variety of hotels in the area, just a short ride to the summit venue.

Graduate Hotels
301 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23220

Delta Hotels by Marriott
555 E. Canal Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Hampton Inn & Suites 
700 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219

What is included in my registration fee?
Continental breakfast, boxed lunch, parking, conference materials, and of course, the provided workshops!

Is there a cancellation fee if I find out I am no longer able to attend?
We can offer a full refund until March 29. After that, we will have to charge a $30 penalty if you cancel. If you prefer, you can donate your spot to a nonprofit or student that cannot afford to attend.

Do you have scholarships available?
We have some scholarships available for communiy members who are otherwise unable to cover their conference registration. Please email Summit@HOMEofVA.org if you would like to learn more.

I’m a student. Can I attend?
Students are more than welcome to attend. To inquire about student volunteer opportunities offered in exchange for the registration fee, please email Summit@HOMEofVA.org

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Confronting Barriers: 
Empowering Communities for Housing Equality

Virginia's Fair Housing Summit

Join Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia and VCU's Wilder School at the second Fair Housing Summit for a chance for housing professionals, planners, advocates, students, and local government officials to come together and learn from national and local experts about our duty to overcome a legacy of historic, systemic discrimination and ensure housing equality for all. Come learn about tools & strategies to fend off gentrification, the philanthropic role in equitable community investment, transportation equity, understanding LGBTQ+ individuals & allyship, environmental justice, reasonable modifications & accommodations for people with disabilities, implicit bias, evictions, and source of income discrimination.

Keynote Speakers

Lisa Rice

Lisa Rice is the President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), the nation’s only national civil rights agency solely dedicated to eliminating all forms of housing discrimination. NFHA is also the trade association for over 200 member organizations across the country that work to eliminate barriers in the housing markets and expand equal housing and lending opportunities. NFHA provides a range of programs to affirmatively further fair housing including community development, neighborhood stabilization, training, education, outreach, advocacy, consulting and enforcement initiatives.

Ms. Rice is a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Board of Directors, JPMorgan Chase Consumer Advisory Council, Mortgage Bankers Association's Consumer Advisory Council, Freddie Mac Affordable Housing Advisory Council, Urban Institute’s Mortgage Servicing Collaborative, Quicken Loans Advisory Committee, and America’s Homeowner Alliance Advisory Board.

Workshop Topics 

Community-based Assessments of Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience

Explore the interaction and intersection between housing policy, environmental disparity, and climate resilience. Examples of recent work in Richmond and New York will serve as case studies to better understand how communities are impacted by environmental issues and effective strategies they can implement to overcome negative impacts. 

with Jeremy Hoffman, The Science Museum of Virginia, and Aurash Khwarzad, Upper Manhattan Project

Community Engagement
Community engagement enables a deeper understanding of community members experiences within the spaces they occupy. Both the processes and outcomes of this engagement have the ability to shape the various systems that work to ensure that individuals and families have access to opportunity. Working to make a collective impact within these systems in order to help the most vulnerable requires a thoughtful and intentional public engagement.  

National data has shined a light on an eviction crisis in Virginia that some have said was “hidden in plain sight” for years. Five of Virginia’s largest cities, and three of its mid-sized cities, have some of the highest eviction rates in the country. This session will provide background on the underlying cause of the eviction epidemic and case studies of how various communities are working to ensure rental housing stability.

with Kathryn Howell, Virginia Commonwealth University, Elora Lee Raymond, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Lavar Edmonds, Princeton University

Gentrification is the processes in which higher income or higher status people relocate to, or invest in, low income, urban neighborhoods; neighborhoods that have been historically disinvested. This session will discuss the underlying causes of gentrification - historic, systemic housing discrimination and racial wealth inequality and its impacts beyond displacement. We will also provide community based and public policy solutions to ensure neighborhoods remain affordable, socially intact, vibrant, healthy, and diverse.

with Ben Teresa, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Stacey Sutton, University of Illinois at Chicago

The Lens We Wear: Discovering Opportunities in Bias
This interactive session will guide participants in developing a deeper understanding of how their own identities help to construct and inform their biases. Through a variety of activities, participants will be challenged to distinguish and make connections between social structures and their personal identities in order to better understand one's place, agency, and access in our world.

sponsored by the Virginia Fair Housing Office

LGBTQ+ Community
This interactive training focuses on working with the LGBTQ+ community.  Participants learn basic understanding of LGBTQ+ identities, housing information, as well as best practices for supporting LGBTQ+ persons in the community. 

with Lacette Cross, Director of Volunteers & Outreach, SideBySide 

Mobilizing Civic Infrastructure Through Urban Greening
This session will examine how urban greening initiatives can promote the built environment and serve as a vehicle to build community and increase local civic capacity. Speakers will discuss the importance of cross-sector partnerships, philanthropy and resident leadership in creating community-based and culturally relevant greenspaces. 

with Duron Chavis, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and Meghan Gough, Virginia Commonwealth University

Philanthropy's Role in Advancing Racial Equity
The philanthropic community can play an integral role in advancing racial equality. This session will focus on the various ways in which philanthropic organizations can invest in their communities to overcome historic disinvestment, create wealth generating opportunities, and work to close the racial wealth gap.

 with Michael Smith, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, and Fred G. Karnas, Senior Fellow, The Kresge Foundation, and Tamara Copeland, Washington Regional Association of Grant Makers

Reasonable Accommodations and Fair Housing Rights for Persons with Disabilities
This session will provide insight into the extra protections for persons with disabilities awarded under the state and federal fair housing laws: reasonable accommodations, modifications, and design and construction accessibility standards. The presentation will illustrate the difficulties present in finding accessible housing for individuals with disabilities and what housing discrimination might look like at various stages in the rental process. Goals of the presentation are for consumers to be empowered by knowing their rights. 

 with Kelly Hickok,Community Services Manager, Resources for Independent Living and Beth Argent, Accessibility Advocate, Housing Opportunties Made Equal of Virginia 

Source of Income Discrimination
In searching for a place to live, many households face discrimination by landlords who are unwilling to rent to housing choice voucher holders. As a result, many states and localities have adopted laws prohibiting housing discrimination based on source of income. This session will provide multiple perspectives on the issue in Virginia, from the data, to difficulties in finding quality housing, to the legislative push to enact protections.

with Alex Guzman, Director of Fair Housing, Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, and Noire Turton

Transportation Equity
Accessible, affordable transportation is a critical community asset. Low-income residents disproportionately rely upon public transportation to access jobs, educational opportunities, and health care. This session will discuss the critical role that transit access plays in social and racial equality, provide analysis of existing systems, and discuss best practices.

 with Ross Catrow, RVA Rapid Transit, Fabrizio Fazulo, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis - Virginia Commonwealth University, and Alex Baca, Greater Greater Washington


Community-based Assessments of Vulnerabilities and
Building Resilience

About Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia: HOME is Virginia’s premier fair housing and housing counseling organization, offering a variety of programs and services designed to ensure equal access to housing for all Virginians. HOME was founded in 1971 to fight discrimination in housing access, and continues to engage in advocacy, research, and policy efforts to champion housing access in Virginia. Many of HOME's victories are well known, setting U.S. Supreme Court precedent and providing national impact. HOME is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and a HUD-approved housing counseling agency. Learn more at HOMEofVA.org

About Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs: VCU is an urban public research university offering more than 200 degrees. Named after the nation’s first black elected governor, Virginia’s first black lieutenant governor, and a former state senator, the Wilder School became an independent school at VCU in 2013. The Wilder School embodies the values of independent thought and public service championed by their namesake, with a vision of being the premier resource for public policy expertise and social justice in public safety, governance and economic and community development. Learn more at Wilder.VCU.edu