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Announcing an innovative partnership with the Black Women's Wealth Alliance

Building Capacity with Black Women
April 4, 2019
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Research in Action and Innovation: Building Capacity with Black Women

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)and the Black Women's Wealth Alliance (BWWA)is proud to announce a new and innovative partnershipto help strengthen housing stability among Black women. CURA and BWWA will work in partnership with Black women who have experienced or are experiencing housing instability over 12 months.  This pilot program under the guidance of Dr. Brittany Lewis, aims to promote positive economic, social and health outcomes for women and children in their care by strengthening the capacity of Black female caregivers through empowerment training and wealth building skills, in partnership with the BWWA.

Program components include: 

  1. Educational training and access to healing and financial services that each participant needs to resume conscious control over their own housing stability and,
  2. Technical skills to co-produce research-informed solutions that will not only help individual participants, but transform the knowledge gained from the program into strategic action around housing instability in an effort to stabilize themselves and to eliminate future housing disparities within the larger community.

Benefits of the program to participants:

  • A full-year program where each participant is paid for 8 hours of their time each month where they will evaluate, reassess, and invest in their housing needs while utilizing their experiences with housing instability to inform the group's action research agenda.
  • Each participant will complete a health, financial, and housing assessment that will help them create their own individualized plans of action with the help of one-on-one coaching with access to alternative healing services.
  • Each participant will learn about different housing models while connecting their own experiences with housing instability within the larger context of urban housing history and policy. 
  • Each participantwill execute an action research project that requires that they become the researchers and collect and analyze data to tell the story of housing instability that they believe is most important. They will then produce a report or a policy agenda that aims to change a policy or practice that is hindering housing equity for Black women and their families. 

The Black Women’s Wealth Alliance is currently hiring two positions to support this work: 

  1. Housing Coordinator
  2. Health & Wellness Coordinator

Applications are due on Friday, April 12th please click on the postings for more details and please share with your network.

If you are interested in being a resource or a sponsoring ally to this pilot program please reach out directly to Dr. Brittany Lewis at lewis965@umn.edu.

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