AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Colorado Congressman Jason Crow hosted the first in a series of town halls on Friday. He addressed issues affecting the Black community.
Real estate leaders and state legislators discussed the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and disparities in funding. One big topic was how Black home ownership drives Black business ownership.READ MORE: Golden Cancer Patient Calling On State To Include More Patients In Next Vaccine Phase
Many echoed that in order to close the wealth gap, there should be a focus in Colorado on affordable housing that incentivizes developers.READ MORE: 'They Left Her For Dead': 14 Year Old & 18 Year Old Charged With Woman's Murder On Colfax
There was also a call for diversity inclusion in all levels of industry.
“There is a severe lack of people in the Black community in industries that are trending upward,” said Black Business Initiative founder Jice Johnson. “Industries that Colorado or the City and County of Denver are going out and recruiting to boost the economy, the Black community is not playing a roll in any of those industries.”MORE NEWS: Weld County Joins 'Meat In' Day Supporters Following Polis' Controversial Announcement
Crow is a Democrat representing Colorado’s 6th Congressional District and has committed to hosting regular town halls for the community.