Ashon Nesbitt is Chief Programs Officer and Technical Advisor for the Florida Housing Coalition. Ashon leads the Florida Community Land Trust Institute, providing training and technical assistance to local governments, nonprofits, lenders, and other stakeholders for the creation and support of community land trusts statewide. Ashon also leads the Coalition’s nonprofit capacity building work, sharing knowledge and expertise in housing development. In addition, Ashon helps local governments with land use tools and creative models for affordable housing development and finance, such as adaptive reuse. Ashon has professional experience in local government program administration, tax credit finance, and rental development, as well as a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning and Real Estate from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s in Architectural Studies from Florida A&M University.
HousingDo localized housing programs lead to racial equity? Evidence from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program
Housing credit inflows are a substantial contributor to economic opportunity and vitality in a community. Due to historic inequities in housing policy and lending practices, mortgage capital can often be scarce in neighborhoods whose residents predominantly belong to racial and ethnic minority groups.
This study will seek to analyze Florida's State Housing Initiative Partnership Program's (SHIP) impact on equity and capital access before and after disasters. The research team will investigate whether SHIP supports neighborhoods underfunded in private mortgage markets, if, following a disaster, the SHIP program enables equitable distribution of housing resources underserved by traditional post disaster programs, and finally, what administrative factors are associated with equitable outcomes.