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Save the date June 19, 2018for the Institute's 13th. Click here for information on tickets and sponsorships.

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Star Ledger: In fair housing, residential integration is key - and it's up to you

March 07, 2018

Senior Counsel and Director of the Economic Mobility Initiative writes for the Star Ledger:

From 1970 to 2015, the homeownership rate among black people actually declined from 41.8 to 41.2 percent, while it increased less than 1 percent among Latinos (44.4 to 45.3 percent). Meanwhile, the homeownership rate of white people increased from 66.1 to 71.1 percent. These disparities are the primary driver of the racial wealth gap, which has nearly tripled in the past 25 years. To put this in perspective, the median net worth of black and Latino families is $11,000 and $14,000, respectively, compared with the $134,000 median wealth of white families.

Upcoming Events

Fri, Mar 23, 2018
09:00 AM

10 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, United States The Heldrich Hotel
New Brunswick, NJ

Progress 2018: Building a More Just and Fair New Jersey

At the New Jersey Policy Perspective conference, Progress 2018, Institute President and CEO Ryan Haygood will be a panelist on Work, Wages & Justice: Boosting Low-Paid & Working-Class Famil...

Wed, Mar 28, 2018
12:30 PM

Webinar: Campaign Lessons from Closing Youth Prisons

Mark your calendars for 3/28 for the Youth First Initiative webinar with the Institute's Retha Onitiri, manager of the 150 Years Is Enough Campaign! Register here:

Thu, Apr 05, 2018
07:00 PM

401 N Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034, United States Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill
Cherry Hill, NJ

Community Conversation: We Are 1844 No More

Please join us for a conversation on restoring the right to vote to people with criminal convictions and learn how you can become involved in the #1844NoMore campaign.

Fri, Apr 13, 2018
10:30 AM

Hyatt Regency Chicago

Equity Summit 2018

Institute President and CEO Ryan Haygood will speak at the Equity Summit 2018, hosted by PolicyLink, in Chicago on April 13. For more information on the Equity Summit, please click here. 

Given the significant challenges we face, we have only two options: to embrace chaos or embrace community. We choose community. Join us as we work to bend our neighborhoods toward the beloved community.


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