Housing Is Summit

We are taking the Summit virtual in 2020

After careful consideration of health and safety during the COVID-19 public health crisis, CLPHA’s Housing Is Summit Team has decided to hold this year’s Housing Is Summit as a virtual conference. The current guidance from the DC Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-left us no choice but to find a solution outside of an in-person event.  

Fortunately, video conferencing will enable us to bring you the rich content and idea sharing that makes the Summit such an outstanding event for professionals engaged in cross-sector work.

With this notice of the Summit’s move away from an in-person event on April 30 and May 1, if you are already registered for the Summit we encourage you to now cancel any existing airfare/transportation and hotel reservations related to the Summit. Airline policies vary, but many airlines appear to be more flexible than usual given the circumstances. You may use this email as justification to any airline about canceling an existing reservation. If you have a reservation at our official Summit hotel/venue, the Washington Marriott Georgetown, you are well within the cancellation window, but you must cancel your own room because CLPHA staff cannot do this for you (you have until 48 hours before the reservation to cancel without penalty).

The Move to Virtual: We are hard at work adapting the exciting content and deep-dive breakout sessions to video technology, and our team is dedicated to optimizing the attendee experience however we can.

We want to thank you all for your patience as we navigate these unprecedented times. More detailed information about logistics for the virtual Housing Is Summit are coming soon.  Click here to sign up to receive updates about logistics and registration for the virtual Housing Is Summit.

At present, we expect to hold the virtual conference the same week of the original event over several half-days of presentations and breakout sessions, allowing attendees to attend more sessions than they normally would! We welcome suggestions from organizations that have conducted virtual events/conferences of this scale; if you would like to share your wisdom with us, please email us at housingis@clpha.org

Look for additional guidance over the next couple of weeks by email and on our official Summit landing page at HousingIsSummit.org.

This is a difficult and unique situation, but we are thankful for our community of practice. Stay safe, stay home. We look forward to our continued partnerships and have no doubt that the 2020 Summit will be another fantastic learning experience for everyone in attendance.  

Deepest thanks,
The Housing Is Team



The Housing Is Summit is made possible with generous support from the Funders for Housing and Opportunity.




CLPHA's 2019 Housing Is Summit

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.


View the 2019 Summit agenda and a full list of speakers and panelists.



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


Quotes from 2019 Housing Is Summit Attendees

“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 

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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.



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