9:30 – 10:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 – 10:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Lisa Rice, National Fair Housing Alliance

Angela Bretz, SVP, Chief Diversity & Talent Acquisition Officer, Nationwide

10:15 – 11:00

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.

11:00 – 12:00

Equitable Homeownership: Challenges & Opportunities

Moderator: Adam Troy, CEO, 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 – 1:00


Guest Speaker, Andrew Ginther, Mayor, City of Columbus

1:00 – 1:30

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 – 2:30

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 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 – 3:00

Closing Remarks