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Housing + Equitable Communities: Building with Purpose


Housing + Equitable Communities: Building with Purpose

Along with co-host Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, HousingWorks Austin is bringing together audiences interested in better understanding the challenges and opportunities around equitable communities. The State of Texas is growing rapidly, leading to an increased need for housing, healthcare, transportation, education and economic opportunities. In 2017, Texas was home to four of the five fastest growing cities in the nation, and its statewide annual growth rate of 1.7 percent ranked 7th in the country. However, this rate of change threatens to leave many Texans behind, stuck in poverty and pushed outside of city-limits. To ensure that everyone benefits from Texas’s growth and economic gains, affordable housing must be connected with other vital wealth building initiatives. These efforts include closing the financial gap through asset building and access to affordable credit, providing residents educational opportunities and job training, and building inclusive communities through place- based planning strategies and employer subsidized housing to name a few. This summit will bring together the public, private and nonprofit sectors to develop a creative and holistic approach in building and sustaining complete communities in Texas.

2019 Summit Agenda

(please note all speakers are confirmed unless otherwise noted)

Welcome - Michael Gerber, Chair, Board of Directors, HousingWorks Austin

Welcome - Roy Lopez, Community Development Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Intro to Keynote Presentation

Keynote Presentation - “Dream Hoarders: Tackling Inequality and Class in America.”

Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution and Author, Dream Hoarders



Keynote Texas Conversation 

Steve Adler, Mayor, City of Austin

Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution and Author, Dream Hoarders

Networking Break

Introduction to General Session - A Look at Texas Credit and Debt

Emily Perlmeter, Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

General Session Panel - Reviving the American Middle Class: Building Wealth Initiatives in our Communities

In 2015 the Pew Research Center reported that the American middle class no longer made up a majority of the country’s population. In addition to income inequality, other forces have exacerbated this trend, including systemic patterns of intergenerational wealth transfer, the foreclosure crisis and the uneven recovery from the Great Recession. This panel will address the policies that have created or worsened these inequities and the impact these trends have on the nation as a whole. The panel will also focus on the tools that communities can use to build wealth   and   address   income   disparities, particularly   for   low-income residents and communities of color.

Moderator - Mechele Dickerson, Arthur L. Moller Chair in Bankruptcy Law and Practice University Distinguished Teaching Professor, The University of Texas School of Law

Woody Widrow, Executive Director, RAISE, TX

Ann Beeson, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Public Policy Priorities

Lourdes Zuniga, Executive Director, Financial Literacy Coalition of Central Texas

Intro to Lunch Speaker - Yvette Ruiz, Vice President for Non-Profit Engagement, Presenting Sponsor JP Morgan Chase

Lunch Speaker - Ensuring Access for All

Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder in Residence, PolicyLink

Afternoon Presentation Speaker - Federal Housing Policy (Speaker to be invited)

General Session Panel - Building Inclusive Communities: Innovative Solutions and Best Practices

Research from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition has shown that no state or metropolitan area in the country has adequate affordable rental housing for the lowest income renters. Beyond the concerns of renter households, low and moderate- income homeowners around the country are also struggling to cover housing costs without being cost burdened. Faced with the growing housing affordability crisis in the United States, it is important that cities coordinate efforts with other partners to build inclusive and integrated communities. This panel will focus on a number of innovative solutions that can address these challenges, including providing access to greater homeownership opportunities, partnering with local employers and local government entities, and working to build communities with purpose.

Presenting Moderator - Henry Cisneros, Chairman of City View, Chairman and Principal at Siebert Cisneros Shank and Co, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Shirley Franklin, Former Mayor of Atlanta, Executive Board Chair, Purpose Built Communities

Derrick Douglas, Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs, University of Chicago(Invited)

Mary O’Hara, Director, ROC USA Network 

Nick Bergfeld, Independent Policy Advisor, City of Lubbock

Closing Session/ Call to Action - Diane Yentel, President & Chief Executive Officer, National Low-Income Housing Coalition

Wrap Up

Closing Reception

Map Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel, 208 Barton Springs, Austin, United States
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