Cancel Rent, Reclaim our Homes: Bold Strategies to Advance Equitable Housing Response and Recovery from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has set in motion an unprecedented economic downturn. It has also exposed the deep failings of our housing system. Even before the pandemic, over 40 million US households were spending more than they could afford on housing, and half a million people were unhoused. Less than one percent of housing is both affordable and accessible to people living with disabilities. Women of color suffer the highest eviction rates and cost burden, and Black and Indigenous people face the highest rates of homelessness.

PolicyLink and our partners have recently launched a new initiative, Our Homes, Our Health, to advance a housing response and recovery plan that centers racial equity and transforms our unjust housing system. Learn how a state and local policy agenda to cancel rent and mortgages and reclaim our homes can stabilize our communities and expand affordable housing, and hear from policymakers and organizers from around the country who are moving campaigns forward.

This webinar is sponsored by PolicyLink, with the Center for Popular Democracy, Partnership for Working Families, People’s Action, the Right to the City Alliance, the Alliance for Housing Justice, and the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Featured Speakers:
- Julie Pautsch, LCBH
- Representative Delia Ramirez
- Oakland Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas
- Seema Agnani, National CAPACD
- Andrew Fahlstrom, Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia
- Roberto Rodriguez, Organize Florida
- Michael McAfee, President and CEO, PolicyLink
- Chris Schildt, PolicyLink
- Chione Flegal, PolicyLink (moderator)