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2021 Forum Housing+Covid-19

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Addressing the Pandemic’s Impact on American Homeowners and Tenants


Virtual Forum ~ November 5, 2021 ~ 9am-12:30pm


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Matthew Desmond & Dr. Makada Henry-Nickie


Forum Summary

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated housing access and affordability issues faced by households across the nation. Even as economic conditions have slightly improved, more than 1.5 million homeowners—mostly low-income or of color—are more than 90 days behind on mortgage payments. As of early July, there were still nearly 6.5 million renter households behind on rent*, putting them at risk of eviction. Families and households of color are even more vulnerable and likely to struggle with making housing payments.

The impacts of the pandemic are likely to last well into the future, necessitating substantial policy changes and financial assistance to address household needs. While mortgage forbearance, rental assistance, and housing support programs have provided households with much-needed relief, additional and extended programs are critical to ensure that we do not leave the most vulnerable households behind. In addition, it is essential that we build back an inclusive economy that ensures that households have access to stable employment and small business support, equitable access to healthcare, ample educational and workforce development opportunities, and adequate transportation and transit access.

This virtual forum will bring together panelists from across Texas and the United States to discuss strategies that localities can adopt to ensure an equitable housing and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and set the stage for long-term affordability and stability.

* National Low Income Housing Coalition

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Forum Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors

City of Austin Housing & Planning

Housing Authority of the City of Austin


Gold Sponsors

Austin Board of Realtors


Foundation Communities

Momark Development

St. David’s Foundation

Wells Fargo


Silver Sponsors

Austin Habitat for Humanity

Structure Development


Bronze Sponsors

Austin Chamber of Commerce

Austin ECHO

Austin Women in Housing

DMA Companies

Equidad ATX

Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation


Supporting Individuals

Parisa Fatehi-Weeks

Frances Ferguson

Nora Linares-Moeller

Cile Montgomery