In Washington, D.C., the ""National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB)"":http//:www.nareb.com/ is preparing to host its ""State of Housing in Black America Issues Forum."" The group, which is the oldest African American trade association of real estate business owners and professionals in the U.S., will present commentary from members of Congress, minority businesses, and granting agencies during the event on May 2.[IMAGE]
The forum will feature interactive panel discussions with housing industry experts, as well as commentary from local and national political and community leaders. Through the event,[COLUMN_BREAK]
NAREB hopes to provide in-depth analysis of research data, a solution-oriented take on neighborhood blight, and an evaluation of the ""Homeowner's Assurance Program (HAP)"":http://www.nareb.com/view/forms/nareb_news.aspx?newsType=full&newsID=162.
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Maryland), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will perform as the forum's guest speaker. Additionally, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia), ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, will give opening remarks during the event.
""NAREB has seen the impact of Congress, especially the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, on homeownership solutions in the past,"" said NAREB's president, Julius Cartwright. ""We recognize the importance of providing Congress with accurate and detailed information and recommendations on how to improve housing conditions in not only low and moderate income neighborhoods, but the surrounding communities as well. The mortgage fall-out has required federal intervention and private sector participation and capital, but many solutions have not been effective enough - especially in minority communities. It is integral to NAREB's efforts, and in the best interest of our nation, that all of us work together on this.""