On May 16-17, over 300 practitioners, policymakers, executives, and researchers gathered in Washington, D.C., for CLPHA’s fifth annual Housing Is Summit, an event highlighting collaboration among the housing, education, and health sectors. The Summit is a time for partners—current and emerging—to come together to learn from each other, share best practices, and forge new collaborations. At this year’s Summit, we highlighted two critical themes that speak to our reasons for doing this work: Reducing Intergenerational Poverty (Day 1) and Addressing Systemic Disparities (Day 2). We sought to foreground these ideals since they are the broader purpose for doing what we do day in and day out. Attendees left invigorated and ready to continue and begin efforts in their communities.
Above: Rep. Barbara Lee opens Day One of the Summit; Below : Press conference announcing CLPHA's report, “Eliminating Barriers to Postsecondary Success; Dr. Camara Jones delivers Keynote remarks on Day 2 of the Summit
“The information given at plenaries. Thank you for selecting such thoughtful, engaged, and informed speakers!”
“Diverse perspectives, awesome networking opportunities, and great discussions”
“Hearing about different ideas to ameliorate child poverty, talking about importance of dignity”
“The conference is excellently run and very valuable”
“The plenaries were insightful and stressed childhood poverty, which gave me a different lens.”
“…the value of the Summit was getting us to look at our issues differently. That opened up a way to approach my work more effectively!”
“Thank you for hosting. This has been one of the best conferences I have attended both in term so the quality of presenters and general organization. I am looking forward to implementing ideas and attending next year.”
Summaries and Recordings of Day 1 and Day 2 Sessions
The Housing Is Initiative, led by the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, helps build a future where systems work together to improve life outcomes.
Fragmented service delivery systems and sioed policymaking often fail to address the needs of low-income individuals and families holistically, resulting in stagnant outcomes and costly inefficiencies. CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative is based on the premise that systems can better meet these needs and improve life outcomes when they work together.