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Tuesday, March 12 • 9:30am - 11:00am
With our powers combined: Integrating housing and workforce development agreements

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For decades, community development and workforce development practitioners worked in separate silos to create community benefits that would alleviate poverty and provide living wages to local residents. Community development practitioners often focused on getting banks to make investments in affordable housing, while labor organizers and workforce development practitioners focused on making sure large development projects resulted in local hires and local job training. Both groups have evolved their version of a Community Benefit Agreement in recent years. Now, a number of progressive cities and organizations have been developing one comprehensive community benefit agreement that covers investments in both workforce development and housing. In this session, hear from cutting-edge practitioners negotiating these agreements and learn about the benefits possible for communities that follow suit.


Elisabeth Risch

Assistant Director, Metro St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council
Elisabeth Risch is the Assistant Director at the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council (EHOC). In this role, she oversees fair housing education and outreach, coordinates policy and advocacy efforts, and conducts research on systemic fair housing issues in the... Read More →


Ben Beach

Legal Director, The Partnership for Working Families

Jawanza Malone

Executive Director, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization

Linda Campbell

Equitable Detroit

Tuesday March 12, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
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