COVID-19 Equitable Relief & Recovery

While no community has been spared by the current public health crisis, COVID-19 has taken a disproportionate toll on the physical and economic well-being of African-American and Latino communities in America’s cities. The Urban America Forward: COVID-19 Equitable Relief & Recovery webinar series highlights partners and practices in eight U.S. cities that prioritize racial equity in COVID-19 relief and response. We will discuss the work of equitable relief, lessons learned, and models for collaboration with leaders from Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Washington D.C.

Webinars are open to all local innovators and community development practitioners to enable the sharing of insights across cities. The series will be made available on the New America COVID-19 YouTube playlist, the Urban America Forward website, and syndicated by The Indianapolis Recorder, one of America’s oldest Black newspapers.

Launched in 2015 by the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, the Urban America Forward program convenes non-profit, private, public and philanthropic sector leaders, as well as urban researchers and social scientists who are committed to furthering equity in urban America.

New America Local is a geographically distributed team at New America, created in 2015 to work with local communities on issues of racial and economic equity. We build better feedback loops between lived experience and policy design, providing a national platform for local problem solvers.

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization with 90 affiliates serving 300 communities, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than two million people nationwide.

The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement and New America Local are honored to host this important and timely conversation with the generous support of our partners:

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The Series
Episodes

How Practitioners are Preventing COVID-19 from Expanding the Racial Wealth Gap

One of the greatest challenges of the pandemic is ensuring basic economic stability while also preserving opportunities for business and home ownership. The current policy climate challenges cities to respond to emergency needs while designing longer term reforms to create a more inclusive economy. “How Practitioners are Preventing COVID-19 from Expanding the Racial Wealth Gap” discussed small business supports (including recent experience with The Paycheck Protection Program); equitable lending programs; financial support for low-income and essential workers; and offered recommendations for federal action.

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Moderator: Alaina Beverly, Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs, University of Chicago

Framing Remarks: Marc Morial, President and CEO, The National Urban League

Preventing Housing Insecurity: COVID-19, Rent, and Mortgage Relief

Quality affordable housing was out of reach for many families prior to the pandemic. The economic impact of COVID-19 has unleashed a disproportionate housing crisis on Black, Brown and low-income families.  “Preventing Housing Insecurity: COVID-19, Rent, and Mortgage Relief,” discussed tools such as rental assistance, eviction moratoria and diversion programs, the capacity of homelessness response systems in the face of COVID-19, and ways to ensure federal, state and local funding streams for housing assistance are actualized.

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Moderator: Charles Rutheiser, Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Framing Remarks: Nancy Johnson, President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Atlanta

Public-Private Partnerships: Investing in Lives and Livelihoods

Across the country philanthropy, financial institutions, and municipal leaders have marshalled and deployed resources to bridge financial gaps and lessen financial hardship on critical community business and institutions in some of our hardest hit communities.

In our third webinar, Public-Private Partnerships: Investing in Lives and Livelihoods, we discussed lessons, promising practices, and models of collaboration.

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Moderator: Alaina Beverly, Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs, University of Chicago

Framing Remarks: Karen Freeman-Wilson President and CEO, Chicago Urban League

What will urban America look like after COVID-19?

Economists predict that COVID-19 will change the demography and economic geography of cities. How do we respond to cities that are experiencing a mass exodus of companies and professionals, potentially compromising their diversity, their tax base, and the availability of essential services from transit to public safety?

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Moderator: Alaina Beverly, Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs, University of Chicago

Framing Remarks: Michael Pagano Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago