Family Finances

Building Housing Security During COVID-19 and Beyond

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Tue Jan 12, 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
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Housing was once the most common way most families built wealth in America, but today, it is a primary driver of financial insecurity for millions of people.

Before COVID-19, over 100 million people across the United States were struggling to afford housing. The pandemic exacerbated people’s housing short-term housing challenges – putting almost 40 million people at risk of eviction by the end of 2020 and even more on a trajectory toward long-term financial insecurity.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Housing leaders across the country have the tools and knowledge necessary to expand access to stable, safe, affordable housing in their communities. Everyone has a role to play, and the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program has compiled, for the first time, a guidebook of solutions for all housing stakeholders, from policymakers and community residents to business leaders, financial institutions, and philanthropy – prioritizing examples that have worked from communities around the country.

Join us on January 12th, 2021 at 1 p.m. EST for a presentation of the solutions and a discussion of what we do next.

Attendees will benefit from the discussion which features:

  • The macro-economic trends and policy environment which have resulted in widespread housing unaffordability in communities across America
  • The role that investing in housing and equitable housing policies can play in economic recovery – locally and nationally
  • The elements of successful multi-sector housing reform initiatives, as evidenced by models around the country

Those who register will receive a link to the forthcoming paper “Strong Foundations: Housing Security Solutions Framework,” which compiles solutions from around the country and helps helps leaders prioritize which housing problems to address and identify the solutions that can solve them and ensure that people’s housing provides the foundation of their financial well-being. Financial security starts with affordable, stable housing.

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