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Building Futures: People-Centric Solutions for Affordable Homeownership

Thank you to everyone who joined us to hear from Dr. Andre Perry at the Madam Walker Theatre as he discussed people-centric solutions for the affordable housing crisis. During our Building Futures event Dr. Perry shared his research on the devaluation of assets in Black neighborhoods and how homeownership works to close the growing racial wealth gap in America. Following Dr. Perry, a panel of local experts discussed efforts to address these issues; panelists included Shelley Specchio, MIBOR, Vincent Smith, Building & Impacting Communities Inc., and Ashley Scruggs, United Way of Central Indiana.

Our 2023 speaker event took place

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Madam Walker Theatre
617 Indiana Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202 

Please be aware of potential traffic impacts related to the Indiana Avenue Cultural Trail Expansion. For detailed parking information, click here.
Dr. Andre Perry

Dr. Andre Perry

Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution

Andre M. Perry is a Senior Fellow at Brookings Metro, a scholar-in-residence at American University, and a professor of practice of economics at Washington University. A nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, and education, Perry is the author of the book “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities.

Perry’s pioneering work on asset devaluation has made him a go to researcher for policymakers, community development professionals and civil rights groups. Perry co-authored the groundbreaking 2018 Brookings Institution report “The Devaluation of Assets in Black Neighborhoods” and has presented its findings on the price of home in Black neighborhoods across the country, including to the U.S. House Financial Services Committee. He has extended that report’s focus on housing in Black neighborhoods to include other assets such as businesses, schools and banks.

Read more about Dr. Andre Perry here.

Meet Our Panelists

Shelley Specchio

Shelley Specchio


MIBOR Realtor Association

Ashley Scruggs

Ashley Scruggs

Vice President of Talent & Culture

United Way of Central Indiana

Vincent Smith

Vincent Smith

Executive Director

Building & Impacting Communities Inc.

Thank you to the following sponsors for generously supporting the Building Futures Speakers Event.

Presenting Sponsor – $10,000

Neighborhood Builders – $2,500

Are you passionate about bringing influential voices to your community and making a positive impact?

Our Speaker Series offers a unique opportunity to sponsor thought-provoking events that inspire, educate, and engage audiences. By becoming a Speaker Series sponsor, you can play a vital role in fostering meaningful conversations on topics that matter.

To learn more about our Speaker Series sponsorship opportunities and the benefits it can bring to your organization, contact Abri Hochstetler at 317.777.6095 or download PDF information sheet here.

Request a copy of the “Know Your Price” here