What Would Equitable Real Estate Finance Look Like?
“Real estate is a defining issue of America,” noted Avery Ebron, who directs operations at The Guild in Atlanta. Ebron made those remarks at a press briefing last month at the release of the Inclusive Capital Collective (ICC)’s first “black paper,” titled Building Community Wealth: Shifting Power and Capital in Real Estate Finance. Ebron coauthors that paper, along with The Guild’s CEO, Nikishka Iyengar, and Chicago Trend CEO Lyneir Richardson. The report provides an important framework for not only identifying how structural racism disadvantages real estate development by and for BIPOC communities, but also identifying specific changes that could greatly reduce those barriers.