Economic Opportunity

And how race relations are involved


A Bridge from Division to Equality

We believe that as soon as people have economic opportunities and accomplishments, then a lot of the discriminatory vestiges of racial dynamics fade away.

How We Help

We are identifying which issues of race play directly into economics and are finding the best ways to address these issues. Our goal isn’t just to hand out money, hoping it will solve problems, but to solve the systemic issues that keep underprivileged people under economic pressure.

The Charleston Forum is working to bring people together to share ideas and spotlight the ideas that people support. We then make every effort to push those ideas into action. Real change happens when a community can rally behind an action.

Even in issues that aren’t singularly racial, such as the Affordable Housing Trust, we identify how they fall along racial lines. There are always ways the public can address development in town. Housing opportunities are a key pillar in ensuring everyone has a fair chance at life.

The Forum helps facilitate local ownership in residences and businesses where displacement is happening. The more our community has a stake in local property, the more opportunities individuals will have as growth occurs.

Preservation and accessibility of neighborhoods is very important. We understand the importance of ensuring that certain areas feel the same to live in as they always have. Pride in culture is a driving force of preservation and the Charleston Forum considers that in every discussion we have and every cause we support.

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The Charleston Forum to Hold Conversation to Discuss Affordable Housing

Local nonprofit, The Charleston Forum, is continuing the advancement of conversations about race in the community and will host a discussion with local leaders to discuss Charleston County’s low incoming housing proposal.

On October 6, The Charleston Forum will speak with Josh Dix of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, Rev. Bill Stanfield, CEO of Metanoia and Councilwoman Jenny Honeycutt, about racial inequalities as it pertains to economics and affordable housing in the Lowcountry and across the state.

The Charleston Forum has adjusted their approach to addressing major lowcountry racial issues because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the Forum’s annual event, which was held virtually this year, they have hosted several conversations online and plans to continue those efforts. The event on October 6 is the second of four conversations the Forum will host in the fall of 2020. Each conversation will focus on one of the Forum’s pillars – criminal justice, education, economics and the future of the past.