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Wednesday, August 5, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Central Time
Thursday, August 6, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central Time

Black, Latino, and other communities of color have been affected by the disproportionate effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and its exacerbation of economic disparities, and by challenges involving cries for justice and equality that have caught national attention.

Join us for a two-day virtual resource fair on August 5–6 hosted by the Federal Trade Commission. Nine federal agencies will share information concerning their missions and programs that are available to address these challenges and to strengthen the diverse individuals, families, and organizations that they serve. This information-packed event offers a roadmap to access federal services, build stronger relationships, and explore ways that we can work together to better serve Black, Latino, and other communities of color.

  • On Wednesday, August 5, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will share information concerning programs related to housing, community healing, nutrition and food stability, childcare and development, family assistance, and healthcare for older Americans, people with disabilities, and individuals suffering or at risk of addictive or mental disorders.
  • On Thursday, August 6, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Small Business Administration, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas will share resources addressing economic and financial interests, including employment, entrepreneurship, fraud prevention, investing, and banking.

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Day 1: Meeting the Needs of Individuals, Families, and Communities

Wednesday, August 5 (10am-4pm Central Time)

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Day 2: Addressing Economic and Financial Interests

Thursday, August 6 (10am-4pm Central)

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  • Day 1
    Meeting the Needs of Individuals, Families, and Communities
    Wednesday, August 5

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    10:00 am

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Programs and Tools for Empowering Residents Towards Self-Sufficiency

    This overview of HUD programs will provide a brief summary of various housing programs that HUD funds to assist individuals and communities. Individuals will also be provided information on the tools HUD uses to promote economic opportunities, such as through Family Self-Sufficiency programs at housing authorities, compliance under Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, and through secretarial initiatives at EnVision Centers.

    Leslie Bradley
    Deputy Regional Administrator, HUD Region VI

    11:00 am

    U.S. Department of Justice – Community Relations Service
    Information about the Community Relations Service

    The Community Relations Service (CRS), a component of the Department of Justice (DOJ), serves as “America’s Peacemaker” for communities in conflict by mediating disputes and enhancing community capacity to independently prevent and resolve future conflicts.

    Synthia Taylor
    Regional Director of the CRS Southwest and Southeast Regional Offices

    12:00 pm

    Lunch Break

    1:00 pm

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Food Availability 2020

    The topics and summary for this program will include Food and Nutrition programs, such as:

    • National School Lunch Program provides nutritious lunches and the opportunity to practice skills learned in classroom nutrition education.
    • School Breakfast Program provides nutritious breakfasts to promote learning readiness and healthy eating behaviors.
    • Special Milk Program offers milk to children who do not have access to other meal programs.
    • Child and Adult Care Food Program plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care for children and elderly adults by making care more affordable for low-income families.
    • Summer Food Service Program is the largest resource for local organizations wanting to combine a feeding program with a summer activity program for children.

    Lilly I. Bouie, Ph.D.
    Regional Director USDA Food & Nutrition Service Special Nutrition Programs
    Izra Brown
    Grants Management Administrative Services Director, USDA Atlanta Regional Office

    2:00 pm

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Covering Families Through the Lifespan
    Child Care, Family Assistance, Head Start, Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare, Aging Services, Community Health, Substance Use, Behavioral Health

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services enhances and protects the health and well-being of all Americans by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services. HHS programs are numerous. This session will spotlight the Administration for Children & Families (ACF) programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities; the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) programs featuring Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which provides health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable; the Administration for Community Living (ACL), which increases access to community support and resources for the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities; and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which improves access and reduces barriers to programs and services for individuals who suffer from or are at risk for addictive and mental disorders, as well as for their families and communities.

    Julia Lothrop
    Jeri Pickett Regional Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration
    Jeri Pickett
    Regional Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration
    LaKesha Pope Jackson
    Regional Administrator, Administration for Children and Families
    LCDR Traci Murray
    Assistant Regional Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    Derek Lee
    Regional Administrator, Administration for Community Living
    Melissa Scarborough
    Local Engagement and Administration Staff, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

    Day 2
    Addressing Economic and Financial Interests
    Thursday, August 6

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    10:00 am

    U.S. Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division
    Did You Know?

    This session will provide general information about the various laws enforced by the Wage & Hour Division. The primary focus will be on the Fair Labor Standards Act, which is the law that most affects the general public, and the Family First Coronavirus Response Act, which went into effect on April 1st. In addition, participants will be provided guidance on how and what information is needed to file a complaint with the Wage & Hour Division.

    Domingo Y. Castillo
    Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist

    11:00 am

    U.S. Small Business Administration
    Entrepreneurship and the American Dream

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations.

    Herbert Austin
    Small Business Administration, District Director – Dallas/Fort Worth District Office

    12:00 pm

    Lunch Break

    1:00 pm

    Federal Trade Commission
    Working Together to Protect Consumers: A Guide of FTC Resources

    The FTC protects consumers by stopping unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices in the marketplace. We conduct investigations, sue companies and people that violate the law, and educate consumers and businesses about their rights and responsibilities. Join us for a discussion about the free tools and resources offered by the FTC and the ways we can work together better to protect Black, Latino, and other communities of color from consumer frauds.

    Dama Brown
    Regional Director – Southwest Regional Office
    Kelle Slaughter
    Federal Trade Investigator – Southwest Regional Office

    2:00 pm

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
    Your SEC at Work: Resources and Support for Investors and Small Businesses

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is the nation’s primary regulator of investments and the investment industry. In our program, led by two experienced SEC professionals, you will learn more about:

    • resources the SEC has to help entrepreneurs access capital to grow their businesses;
    • fundamentals of investing, including how to check out investments and investment professionals; and
    • how to protect yourself from common investment scams.

    Julia Huseman
    Senior Enforcement Counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission, Fort Worth
    Anthony McNeal
    Senior Exam Manager, Securities and Exchange Commission, Fort Worth

    3:00 pm

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
    Consumer Financial Education

    As one of twelve regional Reserve Banks in the Federal Reserve System, the Dallas Fed serves the Eleventh Federal Reserve District, which consists of Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico. Our mission is to serve the public by providing regional, national and global perspectives that inform and influence monetary policy, by fostering financial stability and economic health, and by delivering quality services to financial institutions and the United States government. Join us to learn more about consumer financial education and examples of how banks can help consumers amidst the pandemic.

    Elizabeth Sobel Blum
    Senior Advisor of Community Development
    Racheal Freeman
    Senior Examiner
    Italia Jackson
    Senior Examiner

    3:45 pm

    Office of the Comptroller of Currency
    Project REACh: Creating Economic Access for Diverse Communities through the Roundtable for Economic Access and Change

    OCC’s Project REACh promotes financial inclusion through increasing greater access to credit and capital. Persistent racial disparities in wealth, income, and homeownership show that America’s promise of opportunity has been more obtainable for some communities than for others. Project REACh provides an opportunity for the OCC, civil rights organizations, financial institutions and minority depository institutions, and technology innovators to develop immediately actionable ideas to address these structural issues. Project REACh aims to achieve two or three national projects and to successfully implement locally based demonstration projects that can serve as a model for financial inclusion and wealth building in communities around the country. This session will highlight these national projects as a vehicle for economic well-being.

    Lissette Flores
    Community Relations and Minority Affairs Specialist

    4:00 pm

    Internal Revenue Service
    CARES Act - Economic Impact Payment and Resources

    During this presentation, we will cover COVID-19 Tax Relief - Economic Impact Payments, where to find the latest information and guidance on economic impact payments. How you can assist IRS with Reaching People Who Are Eligible for a Payment and Don’t Normally File a Tax Return and other resource information.

    Arlene Good
    Senior Stakeholder Liaison in Communication & Liaison