Addressing Vacant Properties in the Unique Market Conditions of Black Middle Neighborhoods 
Date & Time
Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Lori Gay Deborah Moore Nedra Fears

Black middle neighborhoods hold a rich cultural history of early Black achievement, success, and family and social networks. Largely formed out of the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s, Black middle neighborhoods were places where residents could finally invest in long-term assets. But over the decades, these neighborhoods faced challenges that went beyond that of their white counterparts: damaging racist policies, appraisal bias, slow recovery from the devastating foreclosure crisis, declining market demand, heirs’ property issues, and more. Join our panel of Black middle neighborhood practitioners to learn more about the unique and often hidden challenges they face. Leaders will share the strategies they use to prevent vacant properties from occurring and how they address those that exist, as well as how they are working to reinvent and strengthen these neighborhoods’ appeal to Black middle households – all while maintaining and growing opportunities for Black households to grow wealth through home and business ownership. 

Session Type
Breakout Session