Unity in the Community
The event kicked off with a public forum on diversity issues. Panelists included Spokane Mayor Jim West; Gary Livingston, chancellor/CEO of Community Colleges of Spokane; Fr. Robert Spitzer, President of Gonzaga University; Elaine Hoskin, Vice President of Sterling Savings Bank; Ben Cabildo, Executive Director of AHANA; and Yvonne Lopez-Morton, Media Manager at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. It was followed by a Saturday celebration at Liberty Park, featuring live music and other live performances, ethnic food stands and activities for kids. Resource tables staffed by local colleges/universities, HUD, Habitat for Humanity, housing counseling agencies, and more, provided an abundance of local program information.
Homeownership is good for communities. With HUD's Down Payment Assistance programs and other homeownership programs designed to increase the rate of homeownership among minorities, every American can achieve the dream of owning their own home.