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Building Capacity of Community-Based Organizations: Lessons Learned from the Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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Fed Communities
Thursday, February 15, 2024
3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
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The Federal Reserve's Connecting Communities webinar series provides timely information on community and economic development issues. Their next webinar will look at  lessons learned from the emergency rental assistance program.

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, Chief Strategy Officer, DreamKey Partners    
  • Joe Horiye, Western Region Program Vice President, LISC    
  • Elizabeth Kneebone, Assistant Vice President - Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Clare Rutz Wallace, Executive Director, South Louisville Community Ministries    
  • Sydney Diavua (moderator), Assistant Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
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Participation is free but registration is required.