Housing experts to identify the most effective ways to move families out of poverty at Chicago conference July 15-16 - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Housing experts to identify the most effective ways to move families out of poverty at Chicago conference July 15-16

David Wilson

Participants will discuss anticipated changes to federal rules that require municipalities, counties and housing authorities to prevent housing discrimination and promote integration

(Chicago ...) To identify and promote the most effective ways to assist low-income families to live in higher opportunity communities, leading policy experts from across the nation will meet in Chicago July 15 and 16 for the 6th National Conference on Housing Mobility, hosted by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Metropolitan Planning Council and Poverty & Race Research Action Council.

Some 47 million Americans live in high-poverty city and suburban communities. Groundbreaking pilot programs and research studies have identified effective ways to assist families (especially with young children) to live in communities with good jobs, high-performing schools, safe streets, and better access to transit. This summer, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is expected to issue new guidelines for fair housing, to give more families the tools they need to choose—and thrive in—communities like these.

At the 6th National Conference on Housing Mobility, participants will discuss the impact of pending changes ushered in by the new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, as well as changes to federal housing assistance, such as the Housing Choice Voucher, Choice Neighborhoods, Rental Assistance Demonstration and Moving to Work programs. They also will spotlight emerging best practices in the field, including in the Chicago region.   

Participants may register for the conference via Eventbrite through Tuesday, July 14, at noon.

Members of the media are welcome to attend free of charge. Please register by contacting MPC Communications Director Mandy Burrell Booth, at mburrell@metroplanning.org or 312-863-6018. 

What: “More Choices for More Families: Sixth National Conference on Housing Mobility,” to bring together leading national researchers, policy experts and practitioners to learn and share best practices for improved and expanded housing mobility initiatives

Who: Hosted by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Metropolitan Planning Council and Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC)

Speakers include:  

MarySue Barrett - Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago

Eugene Jones Jr. – Chicago Housing Authority

Margery Austin Turner - The Urban Institute

Dolores Acevedo Garcia - Brandeis University

Barbara Samuels – ACLU-Maryland

Stefanie Deluca - Johns Hopkins University

Seth Embry - Housing Opportunity Program, Philadelphia

Maria Krysan - University of Illinois-Chicago

Eva Rosen - Harvard University

Sheryl Seiling - Cook County Housing Authority

Breann Gala - Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago

Stephen Norman - King County Housing Authority

Robin Snyderman - BRicK LLC, Chicago

Antonio Riley - HUD Regional Administrator, Region V

Katherine O’Regan – HUD Office of Policy Development and Research

Gustavo Velasquez – HUD Office of Fair Housing

Phil Tegeler – PRRAC

Heather Schwartz – RAND Corporation

Christine Klepper - Housing Choice Partners, Chicago

Demetria McCain - Inclusive Communities Project, Dallas

Peter Rosenblatt - Loyola University-Chicago

Alison Bell Schuman - Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership

Barbara Sard - Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Becky Primeaux - HUD Office of Public and Indian Housing

Amy Ginger – HUD Office of Public and Indian Housing

Alexander Polikoff - BPI

George Williams – HUD Office of Fair Housing

Ianna Kachoris – John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

When & Where:

Reception: Wednesday, July 15, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Planning Council, 140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400, Chicago
Conference: Thursday, July 16, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., University of Illinois, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. 3rd Floor, Illinois A & B, Chicago

The Housing Mobility conference is co-sponsored by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Metropolitan Planning Council and Poverty & Race Research Action Council, with generous support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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