Affordable Housing & the American Dream

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For many Americans, particularly African Americans and Hispanics, the process of buying a home presents more than the usual challenges. Studies show that the rates of minority homeownership continue to lag behind those of their white counterparts. Lower incomes, higher mortgage rates, student debt and a lack of access to credit are just a few of the obstacles that exist on their journey to own a home.

What can be done to combat the racial inequities that continue to pervade the home buying process? What policies can be put in place to help ensure that every American can have an equal opportunity of owning a home, long considered a central pillar of the American dream?

During National Homeownership Month, The Hill gathered key administration and congressional leaders, housing experts and advocacy groups for a solutions-focused discussion on closing the nation’s growing homeownership gap.


  • Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Co-Chair, Congressional Public Housing Caucus
  • Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), Co-Chair, Congressional Public Housing Caucus


  • Andre Perry, David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
  • Antoine Thompson, Executive Director, National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB)
  • Jim Tobin, Executive Vice President, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • Walda Yon, Chief Housing Officer, Latino Economic Development Center
  • Michael DeVito, Executive Vice President & Head of Home Lending, Wells Fargo & Company (Sponsor Perspective)
  • Gary Acosta, Co-Founder & CEO, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (Sponsor Perspective)


  • Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 


  • Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill
  • Rafael BernalStaff Writer, The Hill
  • Brittany Grant, Director of Business Development, The Hill (Executive Host)


Tuesday, June 11, 2019
8:00 AM | Guest Arrival & Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM | Program Begins
10:00 AM | Program Concludes


The Newseum
Knight Broadcast Studio
3rd Floor 
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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