An integral part of UMP’s student programming involves bringing in experts from the field to discuss relevant current issues. Last week we were thrilled to host Aifuwa Ehigiator, CEO of Our Street, which develops low to moderate income communities through equity crowdfunding. Students at Park Slope Collegiate, site of our most current UMP, learned about the company’s mission — to create affordable housing in communities of need through crowd-sourced, small-scale investments by members of that community. Investors see a return through income generated by affordable rent, as well as literally own a piece of their community developing, well, ownership of that community. Its an efficient, practical, community-building solution to a big problem facing NYC. Our Street’s presentation informed students on the impact of affordable housing and civic action, and helped prepare them for a seminar addressing how housing might help to solve NYC’s problems. We applaud you Our Street and look forward to continuing our work with you!