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NCLR Annual Conference

Join us for economy events at the 2012 National Council of La Raza Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center. 

Event Updates:

  • The Economy Town Hall—“Don’t Quit the Dream:  A Vision for Homeownership Beyond 2012”—is on, featuring HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, CFPB Director Richard Cordray, NAHREP President Jerry Ascencio, and more!  See Monday details below.
  • Financial expert Suze Orman and Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to speak at Latinas Brunch on Sunday!
  • Can’t make it in person?  No problem!  Watch the Latinas Brunch (Sunday) and Town Hall (Monday) live here.

Monday, July 9, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Economy Town Hall—Don’t Quit the Dream:  A Vision for Homeownership Beyond 2012
Are you encountering challenges to purchasing a home?  Are you a housing counselor or advocate who has watched thousands of families lose their homes to foreclosure?  In the last three years alone, communities of color have lost almost half of their wealth and the financial crisis is not over yet.  To better serve the honest lender and homebuyer alike, we must better stabilize the market by making it more accessible, equitable, and sustainable.  Join us to share your stories and discuss how these issues can be influenced by your vote at the presidential elections.

  • Hear from HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, CFPB Director Richard Cordray, and other advocates on what the government is doing to install true protections for our families
  • Gain a clear vision of what you can do through the Home for Good campaign to advocate for straightforward housing improvements
  • Pose questions to the experts to understand what’s on the horizon in light of the AG housing settlement

Friday, July 6, 2012, 10:00–3:00 p.m.
A Level Foundation for Immigrant Housing Rights Preconference Training
NCLR is partnering with HUD, Equal Rights Center, and Poverty & Race Research Action Council to offer this special training on how to address the fair housing issues faced by immigrants.  This preconference training session provides community leaders and organizations working with immigrant communities with resources and an overview about fair housing rights as they pertain to discrimination against immigrants.  To RSVP or for questions about the event please email Jose A. Garcia, Policy Fellow with the Wealth-Building Policy Project, at jgarcia@nclr.org.

  • Learn about federal fair housing laws
  • Understand where fair housing laws meet discrimination against immigrants
  • Gain the tools needed to file complaints on behalf of your community and organization

Saturday, July 7, 9:00–10:30 a.m.
Legislative Update:  Is Washington Delivering on Latino Priorities this Election Year?
There are numerous issues that the Latino community wants Washington to resolve, but Congress and the Obama administration have differing proposals for addressing laws that affect millions of Latinos.  At this session, NCLR’s team of public policy experts provides up-to-date information on legislative issues that will have a profound impact on Hispanic communities.

  • Learn about health, economic mobility, education, and immigration policy issues
  • Receive background materials on NCLR’s public policy priorities
  • Dialogue with NCLR policy staff about these and other issues

Saturday, July 7, 2012, 9:00–10:30 a.m.
Unbanked by Choice?  New Findings on Hispanic Money Matters
Reportedly one in four American households is unbanked or underbanked, and they are likely to be low-income and minority.  With little to no access to basic financial services like a checking or savings account, they often find a variety of solutions to meet their financial needs.  New research from NCLR shows the range of financial needs and solutions within the Latino community.  In this workshop, we will share the results of a survey on financial access NCLR conducted in California, paying particular attention to the needs of immigrants. 

  • Understand Latino perceptions of and attitudes toward banking and financial services
  • Engage with experts on what survey trends mean for service providers
  • Learn about policy recommendations to foster greater access to services for Latinos and immigrants

Saturday, July 7, 9:00–10:30 a.m.
A Home to Come Back To:  Ending Homelessness among Veterans
President Obama is committed to ending veteran homelessness by 2015.  His administration’s proposed FY 2013 budget is the largest-ever commitment by the federal government to tackle this issue, meaning that new resources and opportunities will be available to assist both nonprofits and the general public in ending veteran homelessness.

  • Learn about the issues that homeless veterans face
  • Understand current and future resources available to nonprofits and the general public
  • Explore funding opportunities for nonprofits working to end veteran homelessness

Sunday, July 8, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Latinas Brunch with Suze Orman
Join us for a special Latinas Brunch featuring financial expert Suze Orman who will provide insight on how families should navigate today’s rough economic waters.  Be sure to tweet or ask questions in person during the Q&A and learn from one of the most influential women in personal finance!

Sunday, July 8, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
From the Bottom Up:  Turning Financially Excluded Communities into Lending Circles
Low-income immigrants face a long, uphill climb out of poverty, made steeper still without access to low-cost credit and responsible banking services.  This session will explore Mission Asset Fund’s Lending Circles model based on traditional lending common in immigrant communities, which has been successful at increasing participants’ financial capability and preparing them to better navigate the financial marketplace. 

  • Learn about Mission Asset Fund’s Lending Circles model for increasing low-income immigrants’ ability to navigate the financial market
  • Receive updates on the model’s national replication efforts

Monday, July 9, 9:00–10:30 a.m.
Eleven Million Reasons to Fix the Housing Market
The foreclosure epidemic has cost Hispanic families two-thirds of their wealth, and 28% of Hispanic homeowners owe more than their home is worth.  The recent Attorneys General settlement on mortgage servicing practices offers the first real opportunity for principal reduction on a meaningful scale, yet concerns persist about whether this effort will be enough.  Join us for an interactive session on solutions that will strengthen our economy, help families stay in their homes, and stabilize home values.

  • Obtain new data on Hispanic homeownership and the impact of foreclosures
  • Learn about policies needed to move families from financial ruin to recovery
  • Understand resources available for families facing foreclosure




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