March 26, 2018 | 8:30 AM—2:00 PM | Pleasant Hill Community Center
Join us at this year’s Contra Costa Housing Summit to be informed and inspired! We will build on the progress we made in 2017, and learn what we can do together in 2018 to create inclusive, thriving communities throughout Contra Costa. We invite leaders from all sectors and regions of the county to contribute to this important conversation.
Register here: https://fundraise.richmondcf.org/housingsummit2018
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8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00 Welcome and opening remarks
- Moral call to action by Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition
- What we learned from Ensuring Opportunity’s 2017 Housing Town Halls
9:20 Opening Keynote
Elizabeth Kneebone, Research Director, Terner Center For Housing Innovation, UC Berkeley
Elizabeth’s research expertise includes trends and dynamics in the geographic concentration and distribution of poverty in the United States, and how the built environment, housing, and land use policies shape access to economic opportunity. Before joining the Terner Center, Elizabeth spent 11 years at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, where most recently she led the Program’s work on regional housing solutions to increase and diversify housing options in higher opportunity and priority redevelopment areas. She also has researched and written extensively on urban and suburban poverty, and is co-author of the book Confronting Suburban Poverty in America. She remains affiliated with Brookings as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow.
10:00 The heart of the housing crisis
Local residents share stories about their struggles and successes in finding housing they can afford, and offer insights on what solutions they’d like to see in their communities.
MODERATOR: Zuleika Godinez, Ensuring Opportunity Campaign
SPEAKERS: Stephanie Sequeira, Richmond Resident; Ella Jones, San Pablo Resident; and Raphael Woods, Pleasant Hill Resident
10:45 What role do housing bonds play in solving the housing crisis?
Housing bonds are in increasingly common tool to create dedicated funding for affordable housing. What can we learn from other Bay Area counties’ housing bond measures? How will our local communities benefit if the November 2018 statewide housing bond ballot measure passes?
MODERATOR: Amie Fishman, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California
SPEAKERS: Kara Douglas, Contra Costa County Dept. of Conservation and Development; Nikki Beasley, East Bay Neighborhood Housing Services; Gloria Bruce, East Bay Housing Organizations, and Josh Huber, East Bay Leadership Council
11:30 What’s working? Promising local strategies for creating communities where everyone has a home
Local cities are exploring innovative ways to expand the supply of housing that is affordable to local residents, to protect tenants from unjust rent increases and evictions, and to preserve the supply of low-cost housing units. You’ll be inspired by the promising strategies being used here in our own communities.
MODERATOR: Mia Carbajal, East Bay Housing Organizations
SPEAKERS: Melvin Willis, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE); Annette Balter, Episcopal Senior Communities; and Rachele Trigueros, Bay Area Council
12:15 PM What is happening at the state and federal level that will impact the local housing crisis?
The federal government appears intent on reducing funding for affordable housing. In California, in contrast, the Governor signed a strong package of housing bills in 2017, and several promising bills are being introduced this year. Learn how you can support another year of strong housing legislation.
SPEAKER: Amie Fishman, Non-Profit Housing Association (NPH)
12:45 Fireside Chat on Health, Housing and Equity
How does housing fit within the broader arena of community health? What is the link between being safely and affordably housed and achieving overall community well-being? Learn why access to affordable housing is an essential requirement for creating truly equitable communities.
SPEAKERS: Melissa Jones, BARHII; Lavonna Martin, Health, Housing and Homeless Services, Contra Costa Health Department; and Tony Samara, Urban Habitat
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