BPC @ SXSW | Cracking the Housing Affordability Code
Date: March 14, 2022
Time: 10-11am CT
Location: Hilton Austin Downtown
Moderator: Henry Cisneros – Former HUD Secretary and Mayor of San Antonio; Board Member, Bipartisan Policy Center
Panelists: Dennis C. Shea – Executive Director, J. Ronald Terwilliger for Housing Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center; Former U.S. Ambassador to the WTO and HUD Assistant Secretary; Karen Freeman-Wilson – President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Urban League; Former Mayor of Gary, Indiana; Dana Wade – Former HUD Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner; Chief Production Officer, Walker Dunlop
Description: Stable, affordable housing can lead to better health and serve as a springboard for upward mobility. During the pandemic our homes were our workplaces, our schools, and much more. Unfortunately, securing decent, safe, and affordable housing is a struggle for too many families. Millions of low-income households pay unsustainable rents, often more than half their income. Millions of other families simply cannot afford to buy their first home and hundreds of thousands live on the streets as part of a growing homeless population. As one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful countries, America can and must increase the supply of affordable rental homes, address the racial gap in homeownership, increase federal rental assistance, and revitalize the aging stock of public housing.
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