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Friday, November 2 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Natural Disasters: The New Gentrification [RJ]

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Wealth inequality has persisted along racial lines in Eastern North Carolina for decades. Research shows that natural disasters actually increase this disparity. With the rise of gentrification in rural parts of the east, African-American communities struggle to hold onto their property and neighborhoods. For generations, these communities of landowners have passed their property through intestacy (a process known as heir property), making it more vulnerable to opportunistic developers and more difficult to access funds to maintain and restore their property after a disaster. With the challenges of “rural renewal” as a backdrop, this session will explore the intersection between the longstanding challenges heir property issues and increasingly common natural disasters. Specifically, we will explore the challenges that African-American homeowners face in trying to access disaster relief funds, which in turn prevents them from repairing their property, drives them out of family homes, and increases the wealth chasm.


Lesley Albritton

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.
Lesley Wiseman Albritton is the Project Coordinator/Managing Attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina's Disaster Relief Project and the practice group manager for community economic development.

Richard Klein

Managing Attorney - Wilmington NC, Legal Aid of NC, Inc.
Richard M. Klein is senior managing attorney of the Wilmington Office of Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. (LANC) and southeast regional manager of LANC. He is co-chair of the LANC Employment Law Practice Group and the Employment Law Taskforce. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic... Read More →

Yolanda Taylor

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid of North Carolina Inc.–Wilson/Goldsboro Office
Yolanda Taylor serves as a managing attorney with Legal Aid of NC, where she oversees the delivery of legal services in six counties located in disaster stricken eastern North Carolina. Yolanda practices primarily in the areas of housing, nonprofit law, disaster relief, and community... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Woodway III