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  • 2021 Virtual National Black & Latino Economic Summit

    NATIONAL VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2021 "Building Community Development Intellectual Bandwidth" The 2021 National Virtual Black & Latino Economic Summit took place Tuesdays & Thursdays from November 2nd - December 7th 2021 Play Video Play Video 02:27:11 Developing A Black & Latino Focused CDFI Introduction to Community Development Finance and Community Development Financial Institutions Topic: How Did We Get Here? The History of the Movement Narrative: What exactly is Community Development Finance? Let’s explore the roots of modern day community development finance from the Freedman’s Bank that provided financing to the emancipated African Americans after the Civil War to Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign, to the creation of the Community Reinvestment Act, and the creation of the CDFi Fund. The purpose of this session is to familiarize the audience with the purpose, goals and impact of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and how they exist to create “an America in which all people and communities have access to the investment capital and financial services they need to prosper.” Play Video Play Video 49:10 Office of the Comptroller of Currency Project REACh Office of the Comptroller of Currency Project REACh: Nation’s Largest Federal Bank Regulator Pushing for Increased Racial Economic Inclusion OCC Guest: Andrew Moss, Director of Minority Outreach The office of the Comptroller of the Currency regulates over 70% of all bank assets in the United States, including all national banks. Access to capital is the fuel that will address the racial wealth gap. Moderators engage Project REACh on their efforts to address racial economic inclusion. Project REACh promotes financial inclusion through greater access to credit and capital. REACh stands for Roundtable for Economic Access and Change, and the project brings together leaders from the banking industry, national civil rights organizations, business, and technology to reduce specific barriers that prevent full, equal, and fair participation in the nation’s economy. Questions will be taken from the virtual audience. Moderators: Watchen Bruce (Baltimore Community Lending CDFI) Dr. Ruben Guerra (President, Latin Business Association, California) Dina Harris (President, National Faith Home Buyers, Detroit) Play Video Play Video 25:27 Corporations Convening to Collaborate on How We Strengthen Black and Hispanic Communities Since the murder of George Floyd in 2020, corporations across the country have come together to identify and develop solutions to support the African American and Hispanic communities that continue to face systemic racism. As the nation, as the world, grapples with the impacts of this issue, corporate leaders must work together to ensure the people who live and work in these communities have access to capital and opportunities to buy homes, start businesses, and raise their families. Gary Torgow (Chairman of the Board of Directors, Huntington) Lead Moderators: Dina Harris (President, National Faith Home Buyers, Detroit)-Adam Briones (CEO, California Community Builders, Oakland) Play Video Play Video 41:52 2021 National Virtual Black & Latino Economic Summit KICK OFF & Addressing The Racial Wealth Gap The 2021 National Virtual Black & Latino Economic Summit is officially kicked off with a discussion with Truist Bank on Black & Latino economics and Truist Banks efforts to address the rising racial wealth gap. Play Video Play Video 01:12:24 Closing The Racial Wealth Gap with Housing Loan acquisitions to create and/or preserve affordable housing Hogar Hispano, Inc. and a group of industry professionals will discuss the value of acquiring distressed mortgages and how to develop working partnerships to deliver and preserve quality affordable housing. Moderators: Sennai Cham, Senior Financial Analyst in the Office of Asset Sales,HUD Speakers: Marcos Morales, Hogar Hispano, Inc. - "The Critical Role of a Non-Profit in Capital Arrangements to invest in the future of Housing" Lot Diaz, UnidosUS - " The Importance of Housing Counseling Services in the Loan Space” Keffer Norris -President, NorrisRefc Inc. "The How and Why of HECM Acquisitions and Disposition from a capital Partners perspective" Wade Carroll- Anders Capital Play Video Play Video 01:02:55 Black & Latino Affordable Housing Roundtable Home Ownership For Blacks & Latinos Vanishing Post Covid-19 Pandemic Special Guest & Opening Remarks: FHFA Acting Director Sandra Thompson To Give Session Opening Remarks On FHFA’s Efforts To Address Affordable Housing-Home Ownership For Blacks, Latinos and minorities. Black & Latino affordable housing leaders, developer and home ownership experts and panelists from across the United States discuss the issues and obstacles that are contributing to vanishing affordable housing in Black & Latino communities, including dropping Black & Latino home ownership rates this is contributing to a rising racial wealth gap. In this Black & Latino Affordable Housing virtual townhall, Blacks & Latino housing leaders from across the United States will be invited to attend this virtual roundtable with an audience Q&A at end of this affordable housing session. This session opens up with remarks from Acting FHFA Director Sandra Thompson on how the FHFA is working to address minority home ownership and address the racial wealth gap. The Federal Housing Finance Agency provides supervision, regulation, and housing mission oversight of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks. Nonprofits, Black & Latino community advocates, Banking Housing Executives, Banking Regulators and Congressional elected officials are invited to attend this affordable housing roundtable and listen to Blacks & Latinos across the U.S. who are actively engaged in Black & Latino affordable housing speak on issues, opportunities and solutions for increasing affordable housing & Black & Latino home ownership. Collectively, the panelists collectively have been engaged in over $1 billion of affordable housing, counseled tens of thousands of Black & Latino home buyers that will provide a lively discussion on “Addressing the Racial Wealth Gap Through Increased Home Ownership”. Moderator: Marcia Griffin (President, Home Free USA-National) Moderator: Marcos Morales (Director, Hogar Hispano-National) Panelists: Adam Briones (CEO, California Community Builders-California) Pastor Alonzo Bell(Pastor, Marin Evers Baptist Church-Detroit) Wanda Best (Executive Director, Upton Planning Committee (UPC)-Baltimore) Dina Harris (CEO, National Faith Home Buyers-Detroit & Atlanta) Al Pina (Chair, FMCRC-Florida, Detroit, Baltimore) Dr. Ruben Guerra (President, Latin Business Association) Play Video Play Video 01:14:35 CRA Baltimore: Building A Successful Citywide Bank Accountability Strategy Decentralizing and localizing CRA investments is a vitally important strategy to hold banks responsible for their investments from a grassroots perspective. CRA Baltimore is a coalition working to localize CRA Investments and hold banks accountable for their CRA work in Baltimore City. CRA Baltimore is committed to ensuring that Baltimore City and all Black and Latino communities receive a fair share of CRA investments from the top banks in the region. Participants in the workshop will learn from the CRA Baltimore Coalition Leadership how to build a successful local CRA initiative that holds banks accountable for their local investments in the Black and Latino community. Moderators: Jules Dunham Howie (Director, Upton Westside CDC, Baltimore), Wanda Best (Executive Director, Upton Planning Committee (UPC) Panelists: Watchen Bruce, President & CEO, Baltimore Community Lending Kathy Christian, Executive Director, Midway CDC Laurence Campbell, Chair, WBC Community Development Corporation Debra Keller-Greene, Chair, Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce Dr. Al Gourrier, Professor, University of Baltimore, School of Public and International Affairs Farajii Muhammad, Communications Strategist Play Video Play Video 57:01 New Federal Racial Small Business Lending Law Taking Effect Soon New Federal Racial Small Business Lending Law Taking Effect Soon: Financial Institution Must Report All Business Loans By Race-Gender-Census Tract: Section 1071 Racial Loan Data Will Identify Racial Economic Exclusion Special Guest Speaker: Speaker: Ms. Elena Babinecz, Managing Counsel-Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Office of Regulations Small business ownership and the jobs it creates, has the greatest impact on both the racial wealth gap and economic inclusion. But lack of access to capital has kept Black & Latino small business owners from expanding and growing both jobs and wealth. The lack of racial small business lending data was a major obstacle in creating racial economic inclusion. Section 1071 of the Dodd Frank Bill of 2010 mandated that all financial institutions (including online lenders) must report all small business loans by race-gender-census tract. After furious objections from the financial industry, 10 years later, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the new rules for Section 1071 and it is now in a public comment period that will impact the final rules for Section 1071 that will be finally enacted in 2022. Join this session to find out what are the proposed rules and how Black & Latino small business owners and organizations can have a “VOICE” by submitting comments to this new federal law that will shape the final law. CFPB managing counsel, Ms. Elean Babinecz, will provide key details on Section 1071 and the proposed rules for financial institutions and how you can access this racial small business loan data in your city. In closing of session, leaders of the National Minority Community Reinvestment Co-Operative unveil Project 50 where they will work with Black & Latino leaders in 50 cities to publish and promote Section 1071 lending data for their cities to let Blacks & Latinos in these 50 cities which financial institutions are practicing “Racial Economic Inclusion” and which ones are practicing “Racial Economic Exclusion”. Moderators: Adam Briones (CEO, California Community Builders, Oakland) Debra Keller-Greene (Chair, Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce) Dr. Ruben Guerra (LBA, Los Angeles) Kelvin Perry (President, Black Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City) Al Pina (Chair, Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition) Dr. Al Gourrier(Professor, Univ of Baltimore, School of Public & International Affairs) Play Video Play Video 44:05 Building the Journey to Homeownership Join Maria Serravalle, Bank of America and Dina Harris, National Faith Home Buyers as they discuss resources that help real estate professionals prepare and understand their clients’ life priorities and unique situations. In this session you will learn about the Bank of America Community Homeownership Commitment®, a $15 billion commitment through 2025, aimed at helping more than 60,000 individuals and families to purchase a home. It helps low- and moderate-income homebuyers across the country begin to build their personal wealth and family legacy through the power of homeownership. Through this commitment, Bank of America has already provided over $270 million in grants to more than 29,000 homebuyers. You will also learn about affordable housing programs offered by Housing Finance Agencies, local governments and nonprofit organizations. Speaker: Maria Serravalle- VP Homeownership Solutions and Homebuyer Education, Bank of America Moderators: Dina Harris- CEO, National Faith Home Buyers-Detroit & Atlanta Play Video Play Video 01:03:29 Addressing the Racial Wealth Gap with Housing & Small Business The pandemic has brought disproportionate hardship to communities across the nation, but it is also presenting an opportunity – a historic moment to make different, more intentional, more equitable choices in how we approach economic recovery. How can the housing sector rethink forbearance, gentrification, inventory, renter demand, and more to expand safe, affordable homes for all? How can the ecosystem of support for small businesses and commercial real estate be reimagined and strengthened to keep jobs and livelihoods thriving, particularly in communities of color and immigrant neighborhoods? What does greater collaboration across the financial sector, including Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions, look like now and how can it be more impactful? These important questions and more will be part of a panel discussion focused on how racial equity and innovative financing can strengthen the fabric of communities and the national economy. Speakers: Chuck Bishop- National Diverse Segments Head, Home Lending, Wells Fargo Eileen Fitzgerald- Housing Affordability Philanthropy Leader, Social Impact & Sustainability, Wells Fargo Megan Teare- Managing Director, Community Lending and Investments, Wells Fargo Derek Ellington- Head of Small Business Banking, Consumer and Small Business Banking, Wells Fargo Moderators: Monica Mitchell- Senior Community Relations Consultant, Social Impact & Sustainability, Wells Fargo Marcia Griffin- President, Home Free USA- National Marcos Morales- Executive Director, Hogar Hispano, Inc. Dr. Ruben Guerra- President, Latin Business Association Jules Dunham Howie- Director, UPC Westside CDC, Baltimore Play Video Play Video 01:04:14 Closing The Racial Wealth Gap CEO Listening Session Flagstar Bank and New York Community Bank are merging their banks to become a major combined bank with over $87 billion in assets. The CEO’s of Flagstar Bank and New York Community Bank join the moderators in a discussion on the racial wealth gap and how these merged banks are working to create increased racial economic inclusion. Join this roundtable discussion with questions being taken from the virtual audience. The Flagstar Bank/New York Community Bank merger (to keep Flagstar Bank) will have 394 traditional bank branches in nine states — and 87 mortgage lending offices in 28 states. It would have a total $87 billion in assets. New York Community Bancorp/Flagstar Bank Merger Service Areas: New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida, Arizona, Michigan, California, Wisconsin, Indiana Moderators: Dina Harris (President, National Faith Home Buyers, Detroit)- Racquel Reddie (National Community Stabilization Trust)- Marcos Morales (Executive Director, Hogar Hispano, Inc)

  • Gala Photobooth | 2022 National Black & Latino Economic Summit

    SESSIONS, NETWORKING & CONNECTION Media We are happy to share the photos and video we took over our 3-day summit. Our attendees also shared pictures and videos through the official conference app — Whova, and some fun Gala Photobooth poses. Like, Do wnload & Share with your network! MEDIA GALLERIES Tribute Video Summit Photos Gala Photobooth Attendee Photos

  • Marcos Morales | NMCRC

    Marcos Morales Manager Hogar Hispano, Inc. Marcos Morales manages Hogar Hispano Inc. (HHI) a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 2004. HHI was formed with a goal to flexibly manage different types of real estate assets in partnership with other community-based organizations to support homeownership preservation creating affordable housing, neighborhood stabilization, and wealth creation for both Latino and low-income families. Mr. Morales is dedicated to helping families and individuals to achieve the American dream of homeownership and to build personal wealth. He does so through partnership which have led to the creation of 2,000 new housing opportunities for income qualified families and preserving homeownership for 1,300 additional families nationwide. Mr. Morales believes the work is just getting started. Access to capital is paramount to the success of HHI and other community development corporation across the country.

  • Thank You | NMCRC

    POST-SUMMIT FOLLOW UP FEEDBACK FORM Thank you for sharing your feedback. This information will help us customize your 2023 NBLES Experience! All responses will remain anonymous. Take me to the 2023 Summit Details

  • Vanessa McCleary | NMCRC

    Vanessa McCleary CEO & Founder Gen-Wealth Empowerment Center After 25+ years helping to revitalize and build wealth in low-income communities working for non-profit agencies and local government, Vanessa McCleary decided to start my own company. Her experience working with non-profit agencies, local, state, federal govt and advocacy groups are no longer constrained by the internal politics that impede and slowdown transformational change. With successes every year for the past 25+ years in four different states she is ready to become the largest African American Female Affordable Housing Developer in the America. ​ Vanessa is a disconcertingly candid, passionate, knowledgeable housing specialists who dreams of a world where everyone is securely housed. A relentless worker with strong intuitive powers, she succeeds in all her endeavors. Vanessa is a community development professional with extensive housing expertise and personnel management experience • Skilled in real estate projects including affordable housing rehab, new housing development (single family, multi-family and mixed use), historic restoration of commercial and residential properties, neighborhood revitalization, housing the homeless, disaster recovery and redevelopment• Managed the Douglas Block Revitalization project and secured financing to restore the historic African American economic hub, and marketed and secured tenants for the project, achieving 90% occupancy in less than one year • Revitalized neighborhoods through strategic investments to deconcentrate poverty, increasing the tax base and building wealth for legacy residents, • Assisted non-profit agencies in 4 different states (New York, Delaware, North Carolina, and Delaware) to secure both public and private grant funds to support housing projects. ​ Vanessa received her B.S. in Human Services from Springfield College, MA. She is a Diamond Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc and has been active in every community that she has lived giving of her time, talent and treasure to help individuals and families in need. Currently she is pursuing a General Contractors license.

  • Al Pina | NMCRC

    Al Piña Chair/CEO FMCRC-Assets & Hope Co-Founder, NMCRC It is with great sorrow that we share the passing of our beloved economic justice leader and a great champion of change. Even though Al's swift transition on May 17, 2022, was unexpected, he has left a blueprint for us all to follow as we continue to be about seeking economic justice for Black and Latino communities! ​ After a battle with a major illness, Al Piña decided to use his successful Fortune 25 corporate skills, as well as his military service experience, that led to several business and military awards and medals, to give back to community and country. He began working with minority community organizations around the United States for the past 16 years to including serving in a senior executive role with the largest community development corporation in the United States. Through either his leadership, or his participation in financial institutional CRA commitments, it has resulted in over $700 billion of additional bank commitments for community re-investment into minority communities throughout the United States. ​ Al Pina started out his community economic development career as V. P. of Development for the National Council of La Raza and a team member that launched the countries first minority focused housing and commercial real estate CDFI. Al Piña went on to serve as Vice President of Development for the country’s largest Community Development Corporation (TELACU-Los Angeles) In 2005, in partnership with the Greenlining Institute, Al Piña took his efforts to Florida and founded the Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition, which is Florida’s first state wide minority focused community economic development collaboration with over 105 participating minority community organizations. As Chairman of FMCRC, Al Piña utilized this position to advocate for increased community reinvestment for Florida minority communities. He led the negotiating team that was successful in the development of over $120 billion dollars of community reinvestment commitments to Florida’s minority and underserved communities by Regions, Wachovia/Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase and Fifth Third Bank. ​ Seeing the importance of access to capital for minority communities towards reducing the rising racial wealth gap, Al Pina had a focus on access to capital for minority communities throughout the United States. Since 2005, Al Piña assisted in the development and launching of over 16 minority focused community development funds, with over $6 billion dollars of capital. He also was a development team member of two national Hispanic investment funds with a combined investment capital of $310 million. In addition, Al Piña launched and led the efforts for Florida’s first ever minority focused affordable housing fund through a Tampa-based CDFI. ​ Understanding the importance of job creation in low-moderate income communities to battle poverty, Al Piña launched Florida’s first minority focused job creation event Let’s Do Business Florida. In partnership with over 150 minority organizations and major banks and corporations, Let’s Do Business Florida focuses on job creation through increased construction contracts to minority construction firms and the development of self-sufficient minority nonprofits to allow them to create incremental income streams to fund job creation programs.

  • Summit Photos | 2022 National Black & Latino Economic Summit

    SESSIONS, NETWORKING & CONNECTION Media We are happy to share the photos and video we took over our 3-day summit. Our attendees also shared pictures and videos through the official conference app — Whova, and some fun Gala Photobooth poses. Like, Do wnload & Share with your network! MEDIA GALLERIES Tribute Video Summit Photos Gala Photobooth Attendee Photos

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  • Aftercare Session | 2022 National Black & Latino Economic Summit Recap

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  • Aftercare Session | 2022 National Black & Latino Economic Summit Recap

    AFTERCARE SESSIONS Virtual SOUTH REGION REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! We invite you to join us for our Virtual Aftercare Sessions in your region to follow up on your individual and organizational endeavors in the fields of small business and affordable housing development. We also use these sessions to continue fostering connections with banks while providing tools and resources to ensure you receive access to the capital you deserve. We encourage you to submit your questions when you register so that our speakers and subject matter experts can provide you with the best aftercare experience! REGISTER FOR SOUTH REGISTER FOR MIDWEST SOUTH THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2024 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST REGISTER NOW COMING UP... Register for other Regions Aftercare Session Agenda The agenda is inclusive of 2 concurrent workshops on Affordable Housing Development and Small Business in the morning covering fundamentals and the afternoon covering more strategic funding practices. Also, join us for a unique lunch session where you can hear actual stories from business owners who obtained successful deals from our bank sponsors. Take a look at each session in detail: Affordable Housing Morning Session | 10:00 - 11:45 AM Are you a budding developer, eager to turn your vision into a reality? Join us as we explore the fundamental building blocks for small to medium-scale developers to take steps toward accessing capital from banks. From laying the groundwork to understanding the essential elements, this session will provide the knowledge and resources to navigate the path toward securing vital funding for your affordable housing projects. Learn how to translate your dreams into actionable plans and build a solid foundation for your future success. Topics Include: · Building strong bank relationships · Working with banks and CDFIs · Creating a winning bank package · Line of credit access tips and tools Small Business Morning Session | 10:00 - 11:45 AM ​ Embark on a learning journey designed to provide small business owners with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the complex landscape of securing capital. In this session, we will delve into the fundamental principles, resources, and key considerations crucial for accessing the financial resources that can propel your business forward. From understanding different funding options to crafting a compelling case for lenders, participants will gain practical insights that can make a significant impact on their business. Topics include: The effect of personal credit on accessing financing. Bank programs available to Black & Latino-led businesses. Working with banks and CDFIs Financial Preparation & Cash Flow Analysis Cracking the business line of credit nut – what does it take? LUNCH SESSION | 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ​ Real Stories, Real Success: A Candid Dialogue between Lenders and Borrowers ​ Join us for a unique session where lenders and borrowers come together to share authentic stories of how funds were successfully secured by both small business owners and affordable housing developers. Dive deep into the narratives of triumph, resilience, and strategic collaboration that led to financial success. From overcoming challenges to leveraging opportunities, this session offers invaluable insights for both sides of the lending equation. If you're a business owner or developer seeking inspiration, this candid dialogue provides a firsthand account of the journeys that have shaped thriving enterprises and sustainable housing developments. Don't miss the chance to be part of this illuminating conversation and gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics behind securing funds for success. Affordable Housing Afternoon Session | 1:30 - 3:00 PM Join industry experts and financial professionals as they share invaluable insights and actionable steps to elevate your capital game. Whether you're a seasoned professional or a newcomer to the field, 'Banking on Success' equips you with the knowledge and tactics needed to forge powerful partnerships with financial institutions. In this illuminating session, we dissect the intricacies of securing capital for your housing projects. From navigating lending institutions to crafting compelling proposals, we delve into proven strategies that have paved the way for successful housing developers. Topics Include: The Art of the Deal: Tax Credits, LIHTC, and Downpayment Assistance Programs Building relationships with CDFIs, CDCs, and Land Trusts Non-Residential and Mixed-Use Housing Proven strategies to increase your line of credit Small Business Afternoon Session | 1:30 - 3:00 PM In this session, we will delve into the advanced discussion that catalyzes growth through strategic funding. We go beyond the basics, exploring the intricacies of securing capital through alternative funding sources to fine-tune your financial strategy. Capital Catalyst provides a roadmap for unlocking growth and ensuring the long-term success of your business. Elevate your financial game and position your business for sustained prosperity. ​ Topics Include: Procurement: What Small Businesses Should Know about doing business with banks Loan documents demystified. Business diversity lending opportunities Bank programs resources for business expansion Anchor 1 WHAT REGION AM I IN? West Coast East Coast South Midwest Click on the registration link that corresponds to the regional session you would like to participate in. WEST COAST THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2023 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM MST VISIT SPONSOR PAGES SOUTH THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2024 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST REGISTER NOW EAST COAST THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2024 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST REGISTRATION ENDED MIDWEST THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2024 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM CST REGISTER NOW Sessions are free, virtual, and open to all! You do not have to be a previous summit attendee to register. PARTICIPATING SPONSORS Out of gallery

  • Entering a new era of IoT | NMCRC

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  • Dina Harris | NMCRC

    Dina Harris Founder and President National Faith Homebuyers Dina Harris, Founder and President of National Faith Home Buyers, has more than 40 years of experience in the housing industry. Dina is responsible for more than 10,000 families being able to realize the American Dream of Homeownership. Dina is married and the mother of four. Prior to creating National Faith Homebuyers Program, Dina worked in public housing serving as Deputy Director and Executive Director. She worked in public housing for 20 years establishing a successful Section 8 Program she launched and an award-winning “successfully implemented’ Drug Elimination Program recognized by HUD in a ceremony in Reno, Nevada. Her education includes studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI and Washtenaw Community College studying both marketing and business administration. In 2006 Ms Harris was accepted into the Harvard School of Divinity in Boston, Mass, The Community Leadership Program which she completed with a national preeminent list of mega ministers. Dina has spent the last twenty years as the Executive Director, CEO and President of the Washtenaw Home Buyers Program, Faith Community Home Buyers, and now National Faith Home Buyers. All three nonprofits merged into one organization, the National Faith Homebuyers Program. Under Dina’s leadership, National Faith has counseled in excess of 12,000 families, leading to more than 5,000 first time home purchases. Founding and successfully pioneering National Faith Homebuyers is Dina’s testament to her “walk of faith”. She has been identified and recognized for her continued track record in housing development and community service. (1) She was awarded the first “Courage Award by the Secretary of Fair Housing at HUD. (2) She has developed and sold over 700 “affordable” single-family homes since the creation of the National Faith Homebuyers housing development program in 2011. (3) National Faith Homebuyers under Dina Harris leadership was recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus during its phenomenal “WOW” program by assisting over 500 families in an 18 month period to purchase the home of their dreams. (4)National Faith Homebuyers is a HUD-approved 501©3 non-profit organization. (5) In June 2020, she launched a virtual homebuyers workshop with a monthly attendance of approximately 70-100 families currently. She continues to design and implement model programs that can be replicated across the nation. These programs help families succeed by the family’s definition of success. Under her leadership, National Faith Homebuyers has managed a federal HOME and NSP down payment program on behalf of the Wayne County Government. She has successfully managed this program from 2002 to the present and has spent all funds allocated. National Faith Homebuyers under her direction has managed without blemish federal, local and statewide funds in excess of 10 Million Dollars. She has also supported and managed down payment programs in partnership with local and national banks and 5 local municipalities. Dina has replicated the success of the Detroit program by opening an Atlanta branch in 2018. National Faith Homebuyers is approved as a counseling program for the state of Georgia’s down payment assistance program. She continues to design and implement successful housing models that are replicable nationally and create successful homeowners. She has partnered with 13+ national banks, churches, local and national non-profit organizations as well as local governments/municipalities, HUD, Fannie Mae, National Community Stabilization Trust and Fannie Mae. National Faith Homebuyers has awarded mortgage-free homes to veteran families (2014-2019) in unique and creative processes, most often surprising the families with a “mortgage-free” home. She has formed partnerships with Little Caesar’s Pizza to provide a home during a Bowl football game at the Detroit Lions stadium and has also provided a home during a Detroit Pistons game during halftime in partnership with the Detroit Pistons. She hosted over 200 guests from the program during the game. Her other partners assisting in providing “mortgage-free” homes for veterans include Chase Bank, Wayne County Government, Radio One and the UAW. These videos can be seen on YouTube or on the National Faith Homebuyers website: nationalfaith.org.

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