Join Urban Design Forum and Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development in discussion with Kerry McLean, New York State Senator James Sanders, and Paulina Gonzalez-Brito on the future of community finance and community development after COVID-19. 

Access to capital remains one of the greatest challenges for community development. Over time, federal regulations like the Community Reinvestment Act have served to alleviate historically racist banking policies by encouraging commercial banks to lend to communities most in need. Yet in times of crisis, entrenched economic recovery strategies further perpetuate and expand the racial wealth gap, failing to meet the needs of the most vulnerable communities.

For our second Power After the Pandemic dialogue, we welcomed our experts to discuss: How can we shape community investment programs to meet the needs of today’s crisis? How can we leverage existing tools, and create new tools and policies to hold banks accountable, achieve fair and equitable lending?

Listen back to the conversation below:


Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Our digital programming in the Power After the Pandemic series is open to the general public. Forum Fellows are encouraged to invite additional guests to participate. Learn more about becoming a Forum Fellow.

Support ↓

Power After the Pandemic is made possible through the support of Citi, the supporters of the ANHD 10th Annual Community Development Conference, and the Urban Design Forum Director’s Circle. If you are interested to learn more about supporting this program, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director,

About the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development ↓

ANHD is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build community power to win affordable housing and thriving, equitable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers. Our members include more than 80 neighborhood-based affordable housing and equitable economic development organizations across New York City, and we use capacity-building, organizing, and policy advocacy to advance our mission.