Meet Yyokkia Lawson, Master in Community Development Student
From Olivia Gagnon
“The history of racial discrimination and wealth disparities has made it frequently difficult for residents in rural areas to access basic services and overcome financial barriers,” said Lawson. “Likewise, the general infrastructure problems are hard to conquer due to the scarcity of resources in rural environments.”
In response, she founded the Institute for Housing, Health & Economic Development, Inc., to better connect rural homebuyers to community-based financing. Additionally, she serves as a HUD-certified Housing Counselor and a Certified USDA Loan Packager.
Learn more about Yyokkia at https://carsey.unh.edu/spotlight/underserved-communities