Ethnic Media Services in partnership with California Black Media held a news briefing on Thursday morning (3/17/2022) that was conducted in English and simulcasted in Spanish, Mandarin and Korean.  The live broadcast, “Masks Are Coming Off, But the CA Housing Industry Remains Unstable:  Housing Counselors Share Resources to Keep You in Your Home” can be viewed here:

COVID-19 and the related economic disruption have made an already difficult housing situation for millions of California families even harder. Many Californians have already lost their homes, and these losses have disproportionately impacted low-wage earners who are often Black, indigenous and people of color. Free housing counseling is available across the state for renters and owners who are worried about losing their homes, as well as for small landlords. Panelists discussed some of these options, in addition to current foreclosures and eviction protections that may be available.

Speakers included (bios can be downloaded here):

  • Eric Johnson, Information Officer, Marketing and Communications Division, California Housing Finance Agency
  • Linda Jackson, Executive Director, Inland Empire Resource Center
  • Maeve Elise Brown, Executive Director, Housing & Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Sabastian & Raquel Garcia, CA residents and HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency customer
  • Ms. Toni Stovall, CA resident and HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency customer

Resouces shared included:  

For more info contact Sandy Close at or Jessica Martin  at

Submitted by Chief Editor, Pleshette Robertson


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