The Housing & Health Symposium brings together housing, community development, health, financial services, and public service experts along with community representatives and residents to discuss solutions for increasing housing and health security for Franklin County residents with an emphasis on the Linden neighborhood.
Using the One Linden Plan as a catalyst, participants will learn about a range of solutions for removing barriers and increasing access to housing and health opportunities.
As this year marks the 55th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, participants will also discuss how to use an important provision in the Act – Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing – to advance equity and ensure Linden is a healthy, viable, resilient, well-resourced community where people can thrive.
TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2023 │ 9:30am – 3:00pm
Linden Community Center
1350 Briarwood Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
9:30 – 10:00am | Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:00 – 10:15am | Welcome and Opening Remarks
Lisa Rice, National Fair Housing Alliance
Angela Bretz, SVP, Chief Diversity & Talent Acquisition Officer, Nationwide
10:15 – 11:00am | One Linden Plan Overview and Homebuyer Discussion
Carla Williams Scott, Director of Neighborhoods, City of Columbus
Jasmine Ayers, Linden Area Commissioner
The audience will gain a birds-eye view of the on-the-ground realities of expanding housing opportunities in a historically redlined community. Director Scott and Commissioner Ayers will provide an overview of the housing-related issues and goals outlined in the Linden plan. They will also discuss residents’ practical experiences with the home purchase process in what many are calling a “difficult” market.
11:00am – 12:00pm | Equitable Homeownership: Challenges & Opportunities
Moderator: Adam Troy, CEO, Community of Caring Development Foundation
Qiana Jones, Realtor® and Realtist™, Just Listed Real Estate
Sam Sheets, Strategy Executive, Community & Affordable Lending, JPMChase
Netta Whitman, Director of Housing Advisory Services, Homeport
In this panel, we’ll continue the discussion about challenges in homeownership and hold up solutions and best practices for practitioners in the real estate, lending, and insurance industries to best serve prospective homebuyers. Solutions will be tied back to the key goals of the Linden community.
12:00 – 1:00pm | Luncheon
Guest Speaker, Andrew Ginther, Mayor, City of Columbus
1:00 – 1:30pm | Fireside Chat
Where You Live Matters: The Intersection Between Health and Housing
Lisa Rice, President and CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance
Dr. Sidney Childs, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
Kenneth Wilson, Franklin County Administrator
1:30 – 2:30pm | Exploring the Promise of Equity for the Linden Community
Moderator: Jim McCarthy, President and CEO, Miami Valley Fair Housing
Nick Jones, Vice President, Community Wellness, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Tyneisha Harden, EDAP Director, Affordable Housing Trust
Keryna Johnson, Director, CONVERGENCE, Columbus
Stephanie Hightower, CEO, Columbus Urban League
With heightened scrutiny on racial equity, communities have a unique opportunity to blend two important assessment and planning processes to eliminate barriers that preclude people from advancing and adopt policies, programs, and services to improve people’s lives. Federal law requires communities receiving federal funding for housing or community development to comply with the Fair Housing Act’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing provision which requires jurisdictions and housing authorities to assess barriers to fair housing and solutions for overcoming them. Fair housing planning contemplates the need for equitable access to housing, health amenities, economic opportunities, and more. Panelists will discuss strategies that align with the goals of community planning processes such as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, Community Health Needs Assessments, and other community and regional planning efforts that can advance fair housing, health, and well-being in the Linden neighborhood.
2:30 – 3:00pm | Closing Remarks