Interfaith Community Coalition to Discuss City Housing Situation, February 27, 2020

Interfaith Community Coalition to Discuss City Housing Situation

On Thursday evening, February 27, “Strong and United,” an interfaith coalition of Oak Ridgers, will meet at the First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge, from 6:30 to 7:45. The meeting is an opportunity to learn about housing in Oak Ridge. Attendees will be invited to ask questions, to share ideas, and to discuss.

Effective democratic participation depends on informed citizens, empowered by understanding the complexity of a topic, as well as the options for engaging a decision process. In the name of empowered Oak Ridgers, Strong and United is holding a series of monthly sessions featuring content experts in various aspects of our community life. Time and again, when people talk about important aspects in the City’s future, the topic of housing comes up. This month’s two guest speakers, Judy Stone Wilson and Maria Catron, will provide information and different perspectives to help attendees understand this complex matter.

Judy Stone Wilson will offer a perspective from the angle of the local real estate market. A long-time resident of Oak Ridge and realtor with Realty Executives Associates in Oak Ridge, Ms. Wilson will present a broad-based snapshot of local real estate sales, demand, and development in Oak Ridge, including potential projects for new rental units.

Maria Catron joined Oak Ridge Housing Authority in 2019 as Executive Director. Ms. Catron has served in a variety of roles for over 15 years in the public housing/affordable housing industry most recently as Deputy Director with Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority. Although new to Oak Ridge, Catron brings deep expertise about the affordable housing situation and dynamics in East Tennessee.


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