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Connecting Communities: Building Capacity of Community-Based Organizations

Lessons Learned from the Emergency Rental Assistance Program

February 15 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm EST

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This webinar is now available to watch on-demand.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2021 the U.S. Department of Treasury deployed $46 billion to support housing stability. Without existing local and state infrastructure to quickly deploy these federal rental assistance dollars, community-based organizations (CBOs) across the country played a key role to help ensure the funding reached households that needed it most.  

The infrastructure these organizations set up to deploy these funds took many different forms. In this session, experts will shed light on the innovative strategies employed by three CBOs nationwide. Gain valuable insights into guiding principles for effectively dispersing funding to underserved communities and strategies for building and strengthening the capacity of CBOs.


Erin Barbee

Erin Barbee
Chief Strategy Officer
DreamKey Partners

Joe Horiye

Joe Horiye
Western Region Program Vice President

Elizabeth Kneebone

Elizabeth Kneebone
Assistant Vice President – Community Development
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Clare Rutz Wallace

Clare Rutz Wallace
Executive Director
South Louisville Community Ministries

Sydney Diavua

Sydney Diavua
Assistant Vice President, Community Development
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


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About Connecting Communities®

Real people. Real research. Real conversations.

Connecting Communities is a Federal Reserve-sponsored webinar series providing timely information on community and economic development issues. It complements Fed community development outreach initiatives conducted through the 12 regional Reserve Banks and Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

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