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Wednesday, May 5 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Session 1 - Improving Immigrant Access to Housing and Small Business Recovery Efforts

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While immigrant-renter households and immigrant-owned small businesses have been among the hardest hit in the pandemic, relief efforts have often not reached them effectively.

In this session, a local economic development authority and a community-based organization will discuss how they have advocated for and significantly improved access to business and housing supports through increased language access, community partnerships, resident input, and trusted connectors. We will explore what they have learned and how to apply these strategies to improve equitable access moving forward in recovery, including as American Rescue Plan funds are distributed.

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Gloria Yen

Director, New American Welcome Center, University YMCA (Champaign-Urbana, IL)
Gloria Yen received a B.M. in Music History from the University of Illinois in 2011 before earning  an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Her commitment to working  alongside marginalized communities has led her to the fields of human development and  disability... Read More →
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Jeremy Carter

Manager of Housing Opportunity Fund Consumer Programs, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Jeremy Carter is the Manager of Housing Opportunity Fund Consumer Programs at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the economic development entity of the City of Pittsburgh. Jeremy also identifies as a 2nd-generation Asian-American with his mother immigrating to the US... Read More →
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Pierce Robinson

Manager of Diversified Business Solutions, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Pierce Robinson is the Manager of Diversified Business Solutions for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. He leads the workforce and career advancement initiative for the authority as well as the MWBE programs and external operations. Mr. Robinson is committed to aligning... Read More →
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Christina Pope

Senior Network Director, Welcoming America
Christina Pope is Senior Network Director at Welcoming America, where she designs programs and strategy for the organization’s network of local governments and nonprofits. She addresses new and emerging needs in the field and provides technical assistance to organizations making... Read More →

Wednesday May 5, 2021 3:00pm - 4:15pm EDT