Virtual Housing Panel: Blight & the 2024 Bond
This panel discussion brings together experts in housing policy and community development to discuss how Dallas can best address blight within its city limits, as well as what role the 2024 City of Dallas Bond will play in this effort. Watch below to learn more about these important issues and hear from local leaders who are fighting against blight in our communities!
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MEET OUR SPEAKERS
Pastor Richie Butler
Senior Pastor of St. Luke Community UMC
& Founder of Project Unity
Board Chair Richie Butler is the senior pastor of the historic St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church in Dallas and Founder of Project Unity. Under his visionary leadership, Project Unity offers community building and diversity, equity, and inclusion solutions through its “Together We” programs like Together We Ball, Together We Dine, Together We Learn, and Together We Sing. As a civic leader, in response to the five Dallas police officers who were ambushed in 2016, Richie launched the Year of Unity, a community-wide initiative to help bridge racial community divides where the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, served as the Honorary Chair.
In 2020, he launched the Together We Test and Together We Vaccinate programs to address a lack of COVID-19 testing and vaccines in communities of color which resulted in more than 10,000 being tested and vaccinated. He launched the Together We Can initiative to address the question, “What can I do?” in response to the death of George Floyd. The Together We Can program has attracted Fortune 500 companies, universities, foundations, and grassroots organizations partners. Richie has over 20 years of experience in private equity real estate investment management, with extensive real estate development, finance and institutional fund management experience. Richie has been responsible for nearly $1 billion of institutional real estate investment and fund management activity throughout the U.S.
Previously, Richie was the senior managing director of the Prescott Realty Group, a senior vice president of CityView, a managing partner of Solomon Partners and a bank officer with Bank of America. In addition, he was the deputy political director for U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. Richie was also the founding senior pastor of Union Cathedral. In 2014, he successfully merged Union Cathedral, an independent interdenominational church, with the historic St. Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Dallas.
Richie holds two bachelor’s degrees from Southern Methodist University and a master’s in theology from Harvard University; he’s also done extended studies in Urban Planning at MIT. He was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship to study art history and political science in Europe. Richie and his wife, Neisha Strambler-Butler, have two young adult children, Emily and Ford.
William Eubanks III (Bill)
Chief Executive Officer | Dallas Area Habitat
William Eubanks III (Bill) serves as CEO of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. Bill joins Habitat with more than 40 years of experience in real estate operations, asset management, and business operations. He has served as COO for KFC and National VP of Pizza Hut, in addition to owning and operating 32 franchises with Yum! Brands. He also served as President of Eubanks Holdings overseeing commercial property development. Bill is passionate about ensuring Habitat families have a voice and that all Dallas communities strive towards affordable housing for all. Bill is a graduate of Kansas University and resides in the Dallas Area with his wife Lisa and his family.
James Armstrong III
President & CEO | Builders of Hope
James Armstrong III is the Senior Pastor of the Community Fellowship Church in West Dallas and the President & CEO of Builders of Hope
Development Corporation, a leading community development corporations in Dallas. He has served as a certified Urban Economic Development expert since 2010 and is a member of the Mayor’s Grow South Advisory Council. With expertise and experience in Non-Profit management, marketing, business development, grant writing, and finance James. Additional experience includes over 10 years in the Investment Banking industry with added knowledge of complex lending and financing. Within these years he has worked for some of the top Fortune 500 companies like J. P. Morgan Chase and New York Life Securities and Investments. His career experience is heavily used in his role as a board member of The City of Dallas’ Housing Finance Corporation, where complex and creative financing is critical to completing some of the biggest financing housing deals in Dallas. Alongside his career in finance, James is amply involved in his community. His core ideology is that community engagement is key to urban development. As a result James has hosted multiple community meetings and have become skilled in community organizing and strategizing. James uses his education and economic development expertise within the West Dallas community and as a board member of 2nd Saturday Industries. James is a proud graduate of Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and has completed postgraduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2017 James was award the Dallas Business Journal 40 under 40 award for his accomplishments in business.
Director of Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization | City of Dallas
David Noguera is a housing and community development professional with 21 years’ experience developing housing policy, administering programs, assessing and troubleshooting program implementation issues and advising government officials and representatives on housing. As Director of Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization for the City of Dallas, David developed a pipeline of more than 14,000 units of mixed-income housing, deployed a racial equity lens for neighborhood revitalization and generated new revenue streams to support the City’s housing production goals. Prior to Dallas, David oversaw the development of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and managed it at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington D.C. for six years. He later developed an audit resolution division for HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development, where he negotiated settlements on Office of Inspector General audits of states, local governments and nonprofits. Along his career, David analyzed housing policy for Freddie Mac, evaluated federally funded programs for the U.S. Government Accountability Office and nonprofit investments for the New York Empowerment Zone.
Simon Andrew, Ph.D.
Chair & Professor |
University of North Texas
Primary Research Interests:
Emergency response and recovery; housing recovery assistance; Neighborhood Institutions (HOA vs. NA); Local Governance and Inter-local Collaboration; Community Engagement Research; State Preemption