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May 3, 2013

Watch our Senior Fellow Jim Carr discuss on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes" the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to oversee the FHFA and replace Edward DeMarco. He was joined by Former New York Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW to watch video (embedded video available soon)

January 24, 2012

James Carr will be speaking at Wasington D.C.-based Fourth Annual Black Economic Summit at Howard University on February 1. He will be discussing the challenges that continue to afflict the housing market.

Carr will be joining scholars from leading universities (Duke, Howard, Georgetown, the New School, and John Jay College), and think tanks (the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Brookings Institution), who will take a hard look at issues such as wealth and income disparities, unemployment and labor, housing, health, education and treatment of returning veterans. 

The event will be held at the Blackburn Center on Howard University's main campus from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on February 1 and includes a luncheon address by Carr. The event will be live streamed from a link at

December 28, 2012

James Carr spoke with USA Today about how millions of homeowners who were in foreclosure in 2009 or 2010 could miss a chance to have their cases reviewed for errors. Read article here

October 25, 2012

The Opportunity Agenda's Senior Fellow James Carr sat down with PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown to discuss why the housing crisis was left out of the three presidential debates. Watch Carr's interview below:


October 16, 2012

In this issue: 

green arrow Jim Carr Joins our Home Opportunity Initiative
green arrow Home for Good Postcard Delivery
green arrow VIDEO: American Banksters
green arrow Home Opportunity in the News 

Jim Carr Joins our Home Opportunity Initiative

The Opportunity Agenda is pleased to announce that James H. Carr will be joining our Home Opportunity Initiative as a Senior Policy Fellow. Mr. Carr brings us a unique and rich depth of experience in economic policy, with a focus on the economy, foreclosure crisis, financial system regulatory reform, housing markets, and wealth disparities and economic mobility. He is the former Chief Operating Officer for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Carr has served as Senior Vice President for Financial Innovation, Planning and Research for the Fannie Mae Foundation and Assistant Director for Tax Policy with the U.S. Senate Budget Committee.

He has served on research advisory boards at Harvard University, University of California-Berkeley and University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an Advisory Committee member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Center for Community Development Investments. Mr. Carr is a former expert advisor to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Urban Affairs Project Group in Paris, France. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from Hampton University, a Master of Urban Planning degree from Columbia University, and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He is particularly recognized for his knowledge about and leadership on development of innovative financial instruments and strategies to promote affordable lending, inner-city development and wealth creation for lower-income households.

Home for Good Postcard Delivery to the Presidential Candidates

The Home for Good Campaign has been collecting postcards from voters and activists asking Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama to unveil their housing plans – in detail! This week is your last chance to sign an electronic postcard asking the candidates how they will implement practical solutions to heal our neighborhoods! 30,000 postcards have already been signed. Click here to sign now and remind the Presidential Candidates the housing crisis is not over.

Dear Presidential Candidate:

We recognize that decent housing is a human right, and we have not given up on the dream that many Americans share of one day owning a home of their own. If you are elected president of the United States, what is your plan to resolve the housing crisis? Will you COMMIT to:

1. Stop needless foreclosures
2. Expand affordable rental housing
3. Revive a sustainable path to homeownership

VIDEO: American Banksters

The Opportunity Agenda has just released an edgy new video, "American Banksters," which tells the urgent story of the home opportunity crisis and the bank misconduct that caused it. Follow the story of a group of homeowners who will fight to save their homes from a gang of greedy and duplicitous thugs.

Click here for the inside story on the housing crisis that almost toppled our economy. Hands down.

Home Opportunity in the News

The Opportunity Agenda's Alan Jenkins published a series of op-eds in several local newspapers, on which he calls upon the presidential candidates to offer concrete solutions to the housing crisis:

The Hill and McClatchy published Jim Carr's op-ed on principal reduction and how it will help underwater homeowners. Click here to read more.  

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution printed NCLR's Janis Bowdler's op-ed on qualified residential mortgage. Read more here.

On September 25, Nikitra Bailey argued on Politico that labeling minimum low-down payment on home loans as "safe" or "qualified residential mortgages" may threaten economic progress.  Read more here

Alan Jenkins' latest blog, “It’s Time to Debate Home Opportunity”, addressed the need for both presidential candidates to talk about home opportunity prior to the first prime-time televised debate. 

Our letter on housing to the presidential candidates received considerable media notice. An article by Bloomberg News, which includes a quote from Alan Jenkins, also appeared on numerous blogs, housing industry websites, and newspapers like the San Francisco Chronicle. Likewise, The Wall Street Journal highlighted the letter and the work of our partners surrounding this initiative. 

The Opportunity Agenda is a communications, research, and advocacy organization dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity in America. To learn more about The Opportunity Agenda, go to The Opportunity Agenda is a project of the Tides Center.