Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation is hosting a discussion that takes a closer look at the issue of affordable housing and race.
The webinar begins at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and it's titled "The Intersectionality between Affordable Housing and Race".
President and CEO of the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation, Elizabeth Heald, said it's important to have this discussion now because the lack of affordable housing disproportionately affects people of colour.
"People are said to be in what's called 'core housing needs'. If someone spends 30 per cent or more of their total before-tax income to pay rent, then -- if you pay more than that, it's considered too much. There are many people in this community who are spending more than that on housing."
Heald said four community leaders and speakers will be joining the discussion, including Clarence Cachagee (founder of Crow Shield Lodge), Carl Cadogan (CEO of Reception House Waterloo Region), Kitchener-Centre MPP Laura Mae Lindo, and Teneile Warren (Restorative Schools Service Coordinator at Community Justice Initiatives).