Innovative Solutions to Affordable Housing

This is a week of rethinking. Goucher College hosted a lecture by Paul Reyes, a literary activist, who talked to a packed room about his experiences with the foreclosure crisis. It reminded me of the power of well crafted statements, the power to motivate, inspire, touch and call to action. St. Ambrose counselors have been on the fault line of the foreclosure quake right along with the homeowners. We felt the tremors of the impending crisis.

What Mr. Reyes inspired though was the idea of innovative solutions to the problem. There is no one-size-fits-all solution and it isn’t coming from the government or the banks. It has to come from each jurisdiction, neighborhood, community, and individual citizen. Baltimore’s Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is holding a Vacants to Value Summit today. It had to be moved to the Convention Center because of the overwhelming response. Human capital is present. Is the political will?

I have invited others who attended the Reyes lecture to share their perceptions. Join the conversation.

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