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How Policy Can Help Tenants Purchase Their Homes

June 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Zoom

Webinar title “Remaking The Economy: How Policy Can Help Tenants Purchase Their Homes" in black text against beige banner. Below, from left, are black and white headshots of the speakers: Steve Dubb, a man wearing a light color collared jacket and wavy hair; Elin Zurbrigg, a woman wearing a dark colored blazer and short hair with a side bang; Tram Hoang, a woman wearing a light colored crew neck sweater and long straight hair; Roshan Abraham, a man wearing a dark color jacket and short hair; José García, a man with a dark color crew neck t-shirt and short hair; and Miriam Axel-Lute, a woman wearing a dark color crew neck top, glasses, and mid-length wavy hair .

In a growing number of cities across the United States, housing advocates are getting laws passed that give tenants the ability to purchase, either directly or through a nonprofit, their own apartments. Increasingly, these policies are emerging as a powerful anti-displacement strategy. But these policies are hard won, and not always easy to implement. Even in cities where tenants have established this ability in law often have to stave off efforts to dial back these legislative gains.

In this 90-minute webinar, cosponsored and co-moderated by NonProfit Quarterly and Shelterforce, a panel of folks who have been reporting on, fighting for, and using these policies will offer their perspectives on this powerful tool.

The moderators for this webinar are NPQ economic justice senior editor Steve Dubb and Shelterforce editor in chief Miriam Axel-Lute. Miriam has been an analyst of housing justice and community development issues for over 25 years. Steve has worked with cooperatives and nonprofits for over two decades and has been both a student and practitioner in the field of community economic development.

Speakers include:

  • Roshan Abraham, a journalist who has written widely on housing issues both for Next City and Shelterforce. He is based in the Queens borough of New York City.
  • José García, an associate director of preservation at the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) in San Francisco.
  • Tram Hoang, a senior associate at PolicyLink, where she focuses on housing policy work. She also led a successful rent stabilization campaign in St. Paul, MN in 2021.
  • Elin Zurbrigg, a co-executive director of Mi Casa, a housing advocacy and community development nonprofit based in Washington, DC.