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2012 Gentrification Series on Protecting Displaced Tenants from Redevelopment Projects

Panelists Blanca Zamora-Garcia, Will Schneir, and Robert Doggett

Presentation on the U.S. Census and Segregation in Austin

Presentation on the U.S. Census and Segregation in Austin

City of Austin Demographer Ryan Robinson

2011 Conference on Connecting Affordable Homes to Transit-Oriented Development in the Austin Region

2011 Conference on Connecting Affordable Homes to Transit-Oriented Development in the Austin Region

City of Austin Mayor Leffingwell and other panelists field questions

2011 Conference on Connecting Affordable Homes to Transit-Oriented Development in the Austin Region

City of Austin Mayor Leffingwell and other panelists field questions

The Opportunity Forum
is an interdisciplinary collaboration of University of Texas faculty working to foster the expansion of equitable opportunities for low-income Texans. Through applied research, educational forums, and experiential learning opportunities, the Forum engages the University and community leaders in developing inclusive strategies to improve low-income Texans' access to economic opportunities and to foster stronger and more equitable communities.

Opportunity News

UT Opportunity Forum Presents — Fair Chance Hiring: Reducing Criminal Record Barriers to Employment

On November 14th, join us for our event, Fair Chance Hiring: Reducing Criminal Record Barriers to Employment.  An estimated 12 million individuals have a criminal record in Texas. Nationally, the number is over 77 million – nearly 1 in every 3 American adults. Many negative consequences flow from a criminal history, creating potentially lifelong barriers to housing, employment, government benefits, educational opportunity, and other resources necessary for building a stable and productive life. Come hear Maurice Emsellem, Program Director at the National Employment Law Project, and David Kirk, sociology professor at The University of Texas at Austin, speak on the significant role criminal records play in creating barriers to employment and the risks that come with a lack of meaningful employment opportunity. The opening presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts to consider the implications for Texas and strategies being used at state and local levels to address the crisis. Registration: Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.  Online event registration is available at:  https://fair-chance-hiring-reducing-criminal-recordbarrier.eventbrite.com

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William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law Presents — Advancing Homeownership After the Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges in Texas

On November 4th, come hear Julia Gordon, Director of Housing Finance and Policy at the Center for American Progress, speak on stabilizing the housing market and the future of housing finance, with an emphasis on Texas. In her role at CAP, and before that at the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Center for Responsible Lending, Ms. Gordon has worked on a broad range of housing finance issues, including foreclosure prevention, predatory lending, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and consumer financial protection. For more information about Julia Gordon and CAP, see http://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/gordon-julia/bio/. Registration: Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.  Online event registration is available at:  https://advancing-homeownership-after-the-crisis.eventbrite.com

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Opportunity Research

Adding an “e” to TOD, Best Practices for Incorporating Equity in Transit Oriented Development: A Guide to Creating eTOD for Austin’s Project Connect

Leahy, Patrick. Adding an "e" to TOD, Best Practices for Incorporating Equity in Transit Oriented Development: A Guide to Creating eTOD for Austin's Project Connect. Prepared for HousingWorks Austin by the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Law. Austin, TX, May 2014.

Adding an “e” to TOD, Best Practices for Incorporating Equity in Transit Oriented Development: A Guide to Creating eTOD for Austin’s Project Connect

Leahy, Patrick. Adding an "e" to TOD, Best Practices for Incorporating Equity in Transit Oriented Development: A Guide to Creating eTOD for Austin's Project Connect. Prepared for HousingWorks Austin by the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Law. Austin, TX, May 2014.

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