Amber S. Hendley

Home Buyer Outreach & Training Specialist

Amber S. Hendley is a passionate researcher, educator, and activist who, before joining LCDC as the Homebuyer Outreach Training Specialist, spent two years overseeing a research project at Roosevelt University’s Policy Research Collaborative that examined housing discrimination patterns in Chicago’s rental market. 

In June 2021, she co-authored Public Housing Authority Homeownership Programs: Scaling Up a Powerful Yet Underutilized Tool to Restore Wealth Building Opportunities, a report that focuses on the opportunities, barriers, and impacts of public housing authority homeownership programs as they relate to Black voucher holders. In May 2019, The Plunder of Black Wealth in Chicago: New Findings on the Lasting Toll of Predatory Housing Contracts, a publication she co-authored that quantified the amount legally and unjustly, extracted from the Black community in Chicago through predatory residential contract selling during the Second Great Migration was released at a Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago symposium.

During her time as a MA Analytical Political Economy graduate student at Duke University, she began and now continues to develop a theoretical counterfactual manuscript, 40 Acres and a Mule: A Speculative Fiction, based on General Sherman’s Special Field Order No. 15, archival data, historical policy and intergenerational mobility models. She holds a B.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Florida State University and loves to thrift shop. 

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