Lori Thomas

Director, Institute for Social Capital
Director of Research and Faculty Engagement
Sycamore 202-A
704-687-7037

Stories by Lori Thomas

Savings, investment and racial wealth gap over generations

Wealth serves as a buffer through economic downturns, job loss, and other unexpected emergencies such the COVID-19 pandemic. In Charlotte, households of color are more than twice as likely to lack...

Home ownership and the legacy of redlining: Charlotte’s racial wealth gap

This is the third in an ongoing series, based on a report by the Urban Institute.



COVID-19 exposes the impact of the racial wealth gap

In the United States, White households have 10 times the wealth of Black households and 7 times the wealth of Latinx households.This has not occurred by mere happenstance. Wealth is built through a...

Our homeless neighbors are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus

If there has ever been an object lesson on why housing matters and why we must prioritize providing it for people who don’t have a place to live, this latest crisis should teach us. Charlotte’s...