Past Webinars

How Immigrant and Refugee Housing Can Rebuild Neighborhoods

Legacy cities across the Midwest are looking to immigrants and refugees as catalysts for energizing urban neighborhoods that have lost population and seen disinvestment. Hear from RISE in St. Louis as they tackle their second affordable housing project initiated, in part, to connect with immigrants and refugees as potential tenants, as well as from Global Detroit in its efforts to facilitate immigrant purchase, rehab, and occupancy of vacant housing from the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

Last October, the Welcoming Economies Global Network joined with the Fiscal Policy Institute to document the housing market that immigrants and refugees comprise in 23 Rust Belt cities. Collectively, the research revealed that while immigrants make up 11% of the population (and are often the only growing segment of the population in these cities), they comprise 13% of the current households renting who could afford new housing.

This webinar explored innovative approaches for pursuing the opportunities that immigrants and refugees bring to housing and neighborhood revitalization.

Featured Speakers

  • Raquel Garcia, Director of Partnerships and Community Outreach, Global Detroit
  • Mark Stroker, Director of Partnerships and Community Outreach, RISE (Rise Community Development) – St. Louis