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In recent days, our homes have become our offices, our schools, our social clubs, our places of worship, and our safe havens. But for many rural communities, meeting the demand for quality, affordable housing remains a challenge. Meanwhile, as our nation confronts a history of racial inequities and injustices, housing policy carries a significant role.

To explore these topics and more, we brought together a panel that includes experts on homeownership and rental housing, community development, rural data, and rural poverty for a livestream conversation. Our panel met at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 9 to talk about rural housing challenges and opportunities that have emerged in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This conversation was the first in a two-part series on rural housing, co-presented by the Daily Yonder in partnership with the Rural Assembly and the Housing Assistance Council. Note, the Rural Assembly is a program of the nonprofit Center for Rural Strategies, which also publishes the Daily Yonder.

Part two of this livestream conversation on rural housing will premiere on Tuesday, June 16 at 2 p.m. and will again be available on the Daily Yonder’s YouTube channel.

All the details about the series are listed below.

Event Details

Our two-part housing livestream will be available on the Daily Yonder’s YouTube channel, with each part premiering shortly after 2 p.m. Eastern Time, on Tuesday June 9 and 16. For those who miss the live conversations, the videos will remain available for viewing on-demand.

Panelists for part one include:

  • David Lipsetz, CEO, Housing Assistance Council (HAC), Moderator
  • Lance George, Director, Research and Information, HAC
  • Myra Martinez, Deputy Director – Operations, Affordable Homes South Texas, Inc.
  • Paola A. Gutíerrez, MHA, Rural Health Action Plan Lead Strategist, South Carolina Office of Rural Health
  • Sarah Grymes, Executive Director, Housing Assistance Corporation in Hendersonville, NC

You can sign up to attend these livestreams on the Rural Assembly website; registration is not required, but those who sign up will receive reminder emails with a livestream link when each conversation is about to begin.

Viewers are encouraged to participate by sharing their questions, in the comments section of the livestream videos or by tweeting with the hashtag #ruralconversations.

Watch Now on the Daily Yonder YouTube channel.