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The Opportunity Starts at Home Podcast is Now Available!

The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign is a long-term multisector housing campaign to bridge the gap between housing and other sectors, including education, health, civil rights and economic mobility. The Opportunity Starts at Home podcast takes a deep look at opportunity in America, especially how housing shapes that opportunity. 

The podcast offers a unique chance to gain knowledge and more deeply engage with key research, concepts, and best practices.

  • Episode 1, “Good Housing is Good Health,” featuring Dr. Megan Sandel of Children’s HealthWatch. Dr. Sandel explains her career journey as a pediatrician and how she became an affordable housing advocate; the various ways housing is one of the most important social determinants of health; how the housing sector and healthcare sector can do a better job of aligning efforts; why Children's HealthWatch joined the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign; and ideas about innovative policy solutions. 
  • Episode 2, “Broadening the Affordable Housing Movement.” Senior leaders from the National Education Association, National Alliance to End Homelessness, NAACP, Community Catalyst, and Children's Defense Fund discuss the transformative nature of the campaign and explore the various ways housing influences their own work, from education and civil rights to homelessness, healthcare, and child advocacy. The panel was recorded before a live audience in Washington D.C. on May 10, 2018. 
  • Episode 3, “Housing Policy is School Policy,” featuring Dr. Heather Schwartz of RAND Education. This episode dives into the deep connections between housing and education with the nationally renowned Dr. Schwartz, the author of some of the most influential studies over the past decade on the connections between housing and schools.
  • Episode 4,”Faith in Action,” featuring Senior Director of Housing Strategy, Curtis Johnson, of Catholic Charities. This episode explores the intersections of faith-based agencies and affordable housing.
  • Episode 5, “An Economic Fair Housing Act, “ featuring Richard Kahlenberg, senior fellow at The Century Foundation. Kahlenberg has been called “the intellectual father of the economic integration movement” in K-12 schooling and “arguably the nation’s chief proponent of class-based affirmative action in higher education admissions.” He has now turned an eye toward housing policy. In this episode, Kahlenberg discusses his latest ideas about reducing exclusionary zoning and updating the Fair Housing Act to make housing more affordable.

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