Across the United States, there is a growing emphasis on using community collaboration and partnerships to produce more housing, ensure affordability, and create more opportunities for homeownership to build community wealth. Minnesota has one of the largest racial homeownership gaps in the country. The 2020 Olmsted County Comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment indicates that this disparity is even greater in Olmsted County with 77% White household Home Ownership compared to 22% for Black/African American households. The Coalition for Rochester Area Housing is a cross-sector community organization whose mission is to collaborate, invest, and lead on innovative solutions to meet our communities’ housing needs. Coalition Leadership Council Members include Olmsted County, Mayo Clinic, Rochester Area Foundation, the City of Rochester, and Destination Medical Center. In this episode, we will take a deeper look into the BIPOC Home Ownership Co-design Report, the Affordable Housing Tax Credit, and how your organization can play a part in supporting housing initiatives in the Rochester community.
JoMarie Leth Morris
Strategy and Operations Consultant, Coalition for Rochester Area Housing
JoMarie Leth Morris graduated with honors from William Mitchell College of Law where she served as associate editor of the law review. She was a partner at Klampe, Delehanty & Morris law firm in Rochester for 18 years practicing civil litigation and immigration. JoMarie is passionate about social justice issues and has done significant pro bono work relating to domestic abuse, sex and labor trafficking, and citizenship for refugees receiving numerous awards for her pro bono work. She is an Executive Council member of the Minnesota Young Women’s Initiative, a cross-sector effort to achieve equity in opportunities and to improve the lives of young women of color, Indigenous young women, young women from Greater Minnesota, LGBTQ youth, and young women with disabilities. For the past five years, she led the efforts to build and launch a Jeremiah Program campus in southeast Minnesota as the inaugural Executive Director of the Rochester-SE MN Jeremiah Program. JoMarie currently serves as Strategy and Operations Consultant for the Coalition for Rochester Area Housing, a collaborative cross-sector effort to create and preserve affordable and workforce housing in the Rochester area.
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About the Equity Alliance Equity Series
The Equity Alliance Equity Series is a monthly seminar sponsored by Destination Medical Center and the City of Rochester. The purpose is to introduce diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices, build sustainable DEI community strategies, and build advocacy and allyship within the Rochester community. The series is held virtually on the fourth Wednesday of every month at noon.