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Housing Justice on Detroit's Eastside: ECN Housing Summit

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Southeastern High School

3030 Fairview Street

Detroit, MI 48214

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Eastside Community Network (ECN) will host its 3rd Annual Eastside Summit on Saturday, April 28 at Southeastern High School, 3030 Fairview, Detroit, 48215. Headlined by Dr. June Manning Thomas, who will serve as the Keynote Speaker, as well as many local luminaries from within social justice, real estate, community development, finance, and related industries, we will focus on Housing Justice on Detroit's Eastside. Special guest, Senator Debbie Stabenow, will join us in the afternoon. The free event will run from 8:00AM to 4:00 PM and will include breakfast and lunch.

Housing on Detroit's Eastside, as in communities across America, was greatly influenced by racist policies and practices at every level of government, industry, and real estate development. The Fair Housing Act (1968) and, later, the Community Reinvestment Act (1977), were adopted to increase housing justice, affordability and equal access.

During this summit, we will examine the effects of predatory lending, tax foreclosures, water shut-offs, bankruptcy, emergency management, local and federal housing policy, and other recent occurrences on housing justice 50 years after the act. We will explore current resources and programs, discuss proposed reforms and engage with the local community to better understand where we are and where we go from here.

Dr. June Manning Thomas, serves as Centennial Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan. She is also the co-editor of Urban Planning and the African American Community and author of the seminal look at race and urban planning, Redevelopment and Race: Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit, among many other publications.

Seven workshop panels will be offered ranging from foreclosure prevention, to housing investment; from land contract legal issues to housing finance resources; and much more. Local experts from the City, community development corporations, technical assistance providers, banks, CDFI’s --among others -- will comprise the panels. Dr. Augustin Arbulu from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Arthur Jemison from the City of Detroit Housing & Revitalization Department, Chase Cantrell from Building Community Value, Robin Boyle from Wayne State University, Tom Goddeeris from Detroit Future City, Laura Grannemann from Quicken Loans, Ted Phillips from United Community Housing Coalition, and Joel Kurth from the Center for Michigan / Bridge Magazine will join other many experts as moderators and presenters.

In addition, a Resource Fair will provide a wide assortment of housing-related programs, resources and supports.

To register, contact Mary E. Madigan, Events & Community Relations Manager, at 313-331-3714 or at mmadigan@ecn-detroit.org.

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