HUD sponsored

Housing Counseling 2021 Conference: Utilizing FLEC and Project Reach to Achieve Racial Equity


August 09, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT



This session of the 2021 Office of Housing Counseling (OHC) Community Conference offered insight for housing counseling agencies identifying the practical integration of resources the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) members can provide to achieve racial equity.


  • Terry Carr, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD's Office of Housing Counseling: Terry Carr is the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary's Office in HUD's Office of Housing Counseling.
  • Sid Alvarado, Lead Housing Counseling Specialist, ICF, TA Provider: Sid Alvarado is a Lead Housing Counseling Specialist with ICF. With significant housing counseling experience, Sid focuses on utilizing educational platforms and economic development strategies to empower vulnerable populations.


  • Eric Espinoza, Director of Research & Advocacy, Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners: Eric is currently Director of Research & Advocacy at Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners. He works to distill Neighborhood Trust's direct service insights and expertise into content that policy allies can use to foment macro-structural changes to the benefit of workers across the country. Eric has Financial Coaching experience and worked with his clients to help them achieve economic stability and mobility through individualized personal financial coaching and workshops.
  • Hershel Lipow, Community Relations Expert, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC): Hershel Lipow serves as a Community Relations Expert for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Hershel previously worked for the City of Memphis on economic development programs.
  • Katherine Peoples, CEO, HPP CARES CDE: Katherine Peoples is the founder and CEO of HPP Cares, Houzed, Doorways to Home, and The People's Peeps. She is an expert in helping Black and Latino first time homebuyers. Katherine teaches sound financial literacy, emphasizing responsible credit use, and providing affordable housing opportunities. She also helps support minority families in saving their homes.
  • Louisa Quittman, Director of the Office of Financial Education and Acting Director for Consumer Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury: Louisa M. Quittman is the Acting Director of Consumer Policy and the Director of Financial Security and Education of the US Department of the Treasury. She is responsible for policy development and coordination related to promoting the financial decision making of Americans. Previously, Ms. Quittman served as the Director of Community Programs for the Department of the Treasury; in this role she focused on financial access in traditionally underserved communities.
  • Barry Wides, Deputy Comptroller for Community Affairs, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC): Barry Wides is the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's (OCC) Deputy Comptroller for Community Affairs, where he leads a department of community development professionals located in Washington, D.C., and the OCC districts. Prior to joining the OCC, Mr. Wides was Director of Affordable Housing Sales at Freddie Mac, where he led a nationwide sales team responsible for developing products and strategies to achieve the company's congressionally mandated affordable housing goals.

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