On Tuesday, December 13, ProPublica will co-sponsor a Tenement Talk about the foreclosure crisis. The event will feature experts who have written about how we got into this mess and they'll share their thoughts on what we can do to get out of it.
ProPublica's Paul Kiel will be one of the featured panelists. For the past year, he's been reporting on why the Obama Administration's foreclosure and loan modification programs haven'tworked and why the latest proposal to help homeowners is flawed. Also joining the discussion will be the former special inspector general of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), Neil Barofsky, to describe the government's response to the housing crisis and why they've been reluctant to do more. American Banker's Kate Berry will share the stage and discuss her reporting on the bank's point of view and why the benefits of helping homeowners may be mininal for the mortgage industry. Moderating the event will be New York World editor Alyssa Katz, who wrote the book "Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us."
The conversation will take place at 6:30pm Eastern at the Tenement Museum located at 103 Orchard Street (corner of Delancey) in New York City. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The participants will take questions from the audience, so join us or send them in via Twitter (hashtag #PTTalks) or email ([email protected]). The talk will be streamed live on UStream. See more details here.