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The Black Homeownership Gap Is Worse. Here’s What’s Being Done.


“We know that people who own homes have more wealth, but many of today’s Black homebuyers are first-generation buyers and this is because of laws that discriminated against their parents and grandparents. So to people who think this assistance is unfair, we understand that it wasn’t your fault that these laws were made. But if we don’t do something about what happened in the past, that is our fault.” – David M. Dworkin

Industry Reacts to HUD Deputy Secretary Confirmation


“David M. Dworkin President and CEO National Housing Conference (NHC) in March announced support for Todman, calling the former National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) CEO the ‘perfect combination of experience to one of the nation’s most important positions in housing.'”

The Wrong Way to Build Black Wealth


“For advocates like David Dworkin, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference, the choice between boldness and incrementalism is clear. A proponent of Waters’ proposal, he acknowledges the potential controversy over its structure but argues the need for an upfront debate about racial equity. ‘It’ll definitely be difficult for some people to understand, but this is a difficult conversation that we need to have,’ he said.”

Fight looms over down payment aid to close racial wealth gap


“We are simply providing first-generation homebuyers, largely people of color, what white, first-time homebuyers have been receiving for years in the form of the ‘Daddy Down Payment’ loan — family assistance that is almost never repaid.” – David M. Dworkin

Housing groups organize against NIMBYs


“When properly used, said David Dworkin, president of the National Housing Conference, a Washington D.C. advocacy group, ‘CDBG grants are a really important way in closing big gaps in financing for housing. They are supposed to contribute to adding capacity to affordable housing developers.'”

DOJ will appeal judge’s ruling overturning ban on evictions


“I’m concerned that state and local governments may be tempted to add policy overlays onto what is emergency rental assistance, or haircuts on landlords that create disincentives to actually solving the problem. added. We need to move the money as quickly and efficiently as possible.” – David M. Dworkin

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