Thank you to all of you who attended Ensuring Opportunity’s Contra Costa Housing Forum on June 20. Sign up for our email list to receive updates on our work and opportunities for immediate and continued engagement at the state, regional and local levels.
Why it Matters:
The lack of affordable housing has created a deepening housing crisis. When housing costs are taken into account, the poverty rate in Contra Costa increases by almost 50%, from 12.5% to 18.6%. In Contra Costa, overcrowding – a key health and safety risk factor – is 43% above the national average. See our Housing Snapshot for more data.
We must do better than this!
Final Meeting Materials:
Ensuring Opportunity Campaign presentation slides.
Stephen Menendian’s (Haas Institute) presentation slides.
Sharon Cornu’s (NPH) presentation slides.
Check out our blog series on housing.
At the convening we we shared and discussed:
- Latest data on the housing crisis in Contra Costa
- Why this matters: An on-the-ground perspective will be shared by a panel of city officials, health experts and housing developers
- What we can do about it: A panel of local, state and regional housing experts and advocates will share ideas, models and solutions, including national models, state legislative efforts and local successes. Funding streams, policy changes and addressing local opposition are among the issues to be discussed.
- Participated in table discussions, using design-thinking principles to spur innovative ideas
Speakers and panelists included:
- Stephen Menendian, Assistant Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
- Dan Sawislak, Executive Director, Resources for Community Development
- Joel Devalcourt, Regional Representative, East Bay, Greenbelt Alliance
- Gloria Bruce, Executive Director, East Bay Housing Organizations
- Sharon Cornu, Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH)