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Symposium on Housing Justice and Gentrification

When: 5/26/2011
From 3:30 until 5:30 PM
Where: 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW
Building 41, Room A03
Washington, District of Columbia  20008
United States
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Date: May 26, 2011  
Place: 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC                 
Building-41, Room-A03  
Time: 3:30 – 5:30  
Speaker: Lester Cuffee, JD  
Group: Cooperative Speaker’s Symposium 
Sponsored by:  The Kirkman Library and Center for Cooperatives, Cooperative Extension Service, under the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES)  
Contacts: Calvin Lewis, Ph.D. (202) 274-7163; Carolyn Haye, J.D. (202) 274-6961

The purpose and vision for this symposium is to define the problem, in the context of economic, social and political indicators, and identify potential solutions to help mitigate this phenomenon as it affects residents of the District.

This phenomenon is visible, the symptoms which led to it are well-documented, and this issue has become a serious concern in a number of other large U.S. cities i.e., New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, as well as others.  

Lester Cuffie, J.D., is the Executive Director of DC Coalition for Housing Justice, a DC-based think tank committed to develop a strategy to reduce the downside of Gentrification as it relates to cooperative housing justice. It involves the major aspects, i.e., affordable housing, full employment and District policy toward protecting our neighborhoods.

The following issues will be examined:

  • Can gentrification be mitigated?
  • What can government do to save affordable housing in the District?
  • What can the First Source law do to assist in expanding employment for DC residents?
  • Should additional housing programs be enacted to protect a strong African American presence?
  • What is the impact of gentrification on housing cooperatives in the District of Columbia?                                                                                                

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