Imagine you are a housing code enforcement officer, a local housing official, or a community housing advocate. What tools are available to promote public health? How can housing code enforcement ensure that community members benefit from health-promoting laws and policies?
In enforcing policies that protect the public’s health, governments often rely on punitive measures: fines, injunctions, license revocation, civil and criminal proceedings. Enforcement is needed to deter housing code violations, but enforcement actions that don’t consider existing inequities may harm communities that experience systemic discrimination.
This 75-minute webinar will unpack the equity challenges of housing code enforcement and offer strategies that local governments can use to center tenant health and move toward more equitable enforcement practices. We’ll discuss these topics:
• What challenges do local governments and code enforcement officers face in equitably enforcing local housing codes?
• What are the potential harms of inequitable enforcement for tenants and landlords, and how do those harms extend to the broader community?
• What strategies can local governments and code enforcement officers use to mitigate inequitable enforcement outcomes such as tenant displacement?
This webinar is the first episode of our series Equity in Action: Policymaking for Community Health, which highlights policy actions that support economic recovery and help rebuild our systems in ways that address structural inequities.
• Gregory Miao, senior attorney, ChangeLab Solutions (moderator)
• Liz Tobin-Tyler, associate professor of health services, policy and practice, Brown University School of Public Health
• Larry Brooks, director, Alameda County Healthy Homes Department
• Kathy Zeisel, director for special legal programs, Children’s Law Center