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HUD VIP to Talk Fair Housing with Housing Commission & Public at Special Meeting Tonight

PDA Secretary Demetria McCain and senior HUD staff will discuss affirmatively furthering fair housing in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Housing Commission cordially invites you to a special meeting with VIP guest Demetria McCain, HUD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, for a moderated Q & A on affirmatively furthering fair and affordable housing in the City of Santa Monica, followed by a listening session where the Housing Commission, residents, public officials, staff, and other members of the public will have an opportunity to share their thoughts on and experiences with fair and affordable housing, especially in Santa Monica.

Additional guests include Douglas Rice, Special Policy Advisor in the Office of Public and Indian Housing; Kenneth Carroll, Regional Director of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity; and Meena Bavan, Director of Public Housing (Los Angeles Field Office).

Public comments on this item will be heard after the Q & A.

Who: All Santa Monicans, Santa Monica Housing Authority program participants, and members of the public interested in affirmatively furthering fair and affordable housing

When: September 15th, 2022 at 6pm sharp

(please log/call in a few minutes early)

Where: Attend this virtual meeting via computer:

Or via phone : +1.408.419.1715 or +1.408.915.6290

Meeting ID: 938 928 653

Participant Passcode:6687

About PDAS Demetria McCain:

Demetria McCain serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At FHEO, McCain assists HUD's efforts to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities.

McCain joins HUD following fifteen years of service, with five as president, at the Inclusive Communities Project (ICP), a Dallas, TX-based affordable fair housing nonprofit. Prior to becoming president, she oversaw operations, communications and ICP's Mobility Assistance Program, a housing mobility program that helps housing choice voucher holders exercise their fair housing rights. Conceived by Demetria, ICP's "Voices for Opportunity" initiative has provided advocacy training to low-income renters and neighborhood groups of color.

Before joining ICP, McCain worked on USDA Section 515 rural multifamily housing matters at the National Housing Law. She was also a staff attorney for the Neighborhood Legal Services Program of Washington, D.C., assigned to the southeast office, where her portfolio primarily included landlord-tenant matters for low-income renters in private and public housing. She has taught, as an adjunct instructor, a Fair Housing and Homelessness course to undergraduate Coppin State University students.

McCain brings dual vantage points to FHEO after having spent years assisting both housing choice voucher holders who sought low-poverty well-resourced housing options and neighborhood groups in underserved communities of color who sought more equitable distribution of resources and services. She is a graduate of Howard University School of Law, New York University and Brooklyn College and a member of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


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If you have questions about the meeting, contact: Michelle Gray, Chair of the Santa Monica Housing Commission at or Theresa Marasco, Vice Chair of the Santa Monica Housing Commission at (720) 226-4051.


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