AFTER THOMPSON: Implications for the Wellbeing of Children
February 6-7, 2014

Convening at
THE ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION
701 St. Paul Street, 5th floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

Conference Briefing Paper

List of Conference Attendees

Background Readings

DAY ONE

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

5:00 - 5:20 Welcome & Introductions
Buffet will be available so that guests can serve themselves as they come in and throughout the evening.

5:20 - 5:45 Statement of Meeting's Purpose & Assumptions of Organizing Committee
Barbara Samuels, Fair Housing Managing Attorney, ACLU of Maryland
Philip Tegeler, President & Executive Director, Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Betsy Julian, President, Inclusive Communities Project
Susan Goering, Executive Director, ACLU of Maryland
Gretchen Susi, Co-Director, Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change

Video: Statement of Meeting's Purpose & Assumptions of Organizing Committee

5:45 - 6:00 Framing the Issues
john powell, Executive Director, Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society; Robert D. Haas Chancellor's Chair in Equity & Inclusion, Professor of Law, Ethnic, & African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

6:00 - 6:30 Discussion
Moderated by Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program

Video: Social Science Perspective: Neighborhood Effects on Child Well-being & Discussion

6:30 - 6:50 Social Science Perspective: Neighborhood Effects on Child Well-being
Margery Austin Turner, Senior Vice-President for Program Planning & Management, The Urban Institute

6:50 - 7:30 Discussion
Moderated by Dennis Parker

7:30 - 8:00 Preview of Next Day and Adjourn

DAY TWO

Friday, February 7th, 2014

8:30 - 9:00 Coffee & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 Recap of previous evening's session & overview of day's agenda
Sherrilyn Ifill, President & Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

Video: Recap of previous evening's session & overview of day's agenda

9:15 - 9:40 What do we know about the effects of poor neighborhoods on children's neurological development and lifelong health?
Nathan Fox, Distinguished University Professor, Interim Chair, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland, College Park
Powerpoint: "What do we know about the effects of poor neighborhoods on children's neurological development and lifelong health?"

Video: What do we know about the effects of poor neighborhoods on children's neurological development and lifelong health?

9:40 - 10:15 Discussion
Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary of Maryland's Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Albert Zachik, Director, Office of Child and Adolescent Services, Mental Hygiene Administration

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 10:50 What do we know about the effects of poor neighborhoods on children's educational outcomes, and the countervailing evidence from housing mobility interventions?
Stefanie DeLuca, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
Powerpoint: Neighborhoods and Education: What Can Housing Mobility Accomplish?

Video: What do we know about the effects of poor neighborhoods on children's educational outcomes, and the countervailing evidence from housing mobility interventions?

10:50 - 11:10 Discussion

11:10 - 11:40 Reflections and caveats on lessons from Thompson, Walker, & Chicago
Betsy Julian, Inclusive Communities Project
Alex Polikoff, Director, Public Housing Program, Business & Professional People for the Public Interest
Barbara Samuels, ACLU of Maryland
Moderated by Philip Tegeler, PRRAC
Powerpoint: After Thompson - Getting Children Out of Harm's Way

Video: Reflections and caveats on lessons from Thompson, Walker, & Chicago

11:40 - 11:50 Short Videos: Mobility Program Participants

11:50 - 12:20 Discussion

12:25 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 1:25 Getting Kids Out of Harm's Way: The Politics and Pragmatics of a Child-Centered Housing Policy
Philip Tegeler, PRRAC
Barbara Sard, Vice President for Housing Policy, Center for Budget & Policy Priorities
Powerpoint: Politics and Pragmatics of a Child-Centered Housing Policy

Video: The Politics and Pragmatics of a Child-Centered Housing Policy

1:25 - 1:45 Discussion Robert C. Lieberman, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Johns Hopkins University

1:45 - 2:00 BREAK Cookies and Coffee

2:00 - 3:00 Break Out Sessions: What are the specific steps we can take get kids out of harm's way? Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Group 1: How to get housing officials on board. How can HUD incentivize?

Group 2: How to get health providers on board? Might financing of mobility counseling be secured through Medicaid and/or health insurance system?

Group 3: How to get service providers on board?

Group 4: How to get education officials on board?

3:00 - 4:00 Increasing Our Sense of Urgency: Group Report Back and Next Steps Sheryll Cashin

Video: Group Report Back and Next Steps

4:00 - 4:30 Wrap Up and Final Thoughts
john powell

4:30 Adjourn
Gretchen Susi and Susan Goering

Background Readings

Alexander Polikoff, "Housing Voucher Mobility: An Overlooked Fair Housing Issue" (John Marshall Law Review, 2013)

Nathan Fox, "Community violence, toxic stress and developing brains" (Early Childhood Matters, November 2012)

Richard Rothstein, "The Urban Poor Shall Inherit Poverty" (American Prospect, January 2014)

"Prescription for a New Neighborhood" (PRRAC, July 2010)

Intergenerational Impacts of Concentrated Poverty - What Can Be Done? (Poverty & Race forum, 2013)

Susan Popkin, "The risks girls in disadvantaged communities face - and how to keep them safer" (Urban Institute, February 2014)

Robert Sampson, "Division Street, U.S.A." (New York Times, 10/26/2013)

"Baltimore Public Housing Families Applaud Settlement of Fair Housing Lawsuit at Hearing" (NAACP Legal Defense Fund, 2012)