Finding affordable housing is a struggle many Americans face, and the number of people coping with this challenge is growing. Housing, the cornerstone of the American dream, determines a sense of "home" and community. It also affects quality of life, access to health care, transportation, other vital services and the ability to age gracefully and independently. Is there enough public awareness about this growing critical need? Who is championing the demand for more affordable housing and what solutions are now part of public dialogue?
The Atlantic convened a public forum to discuss whether a new kind of housing bubble is starting to simmer and what options are emerging to address this growing urgency for many Americans.
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Note: All times are ET
12:30 p.m. Guest Arrival, Registration, and Networking Lunch
1:30 p.m. Opening Remarks
- Emily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, AtlanticLIVE
1:35 p.m. Affordable Housing in Crisis?
- Julián Castro, Secretary, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
- With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic
2:00 p.m. Show Me a Hero: What is at Stake?
- Lisa Belkin, Chief National Correspondent, Yahoo News; Author and HBO Miniseries Consultant, “Show Me a Hero”
- With Steve Clemons
2:25 p.m. The Housing Squeeze
- Mark Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute
- Eileen Fitzgerald, President, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future
- Chris Herbert, Managing Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University
- With Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
- Jo Ann Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, AARP
- With Myrna Blyth, Editorial Director, AARP Media
- David Adame, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicanos Por La Causa
- Sheila Shapiro, National Vice President, UnitedHealthcare
- With Alana Semuels, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
- Bruce Katz, Vice President and Founding Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution
- Edward Pinto, Resident Fellow and Co-director, International Center on Housing Risk, American Enterprise Institute
- Adrianne Todman, Executive Director, District of Columbia Housing Authority
- With Mary Louise Kelly
- Clarence Snuggs, Director, Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Montgomery County, Maryland
- Bob Youngentob, Co-Founder, President and Chief Creative Officer, EYA
- With Alana Semuels
- Sara Shortt, Executive Director, Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco
- With Sommer Mathis, Editor, CityLab, The Atlantic
5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
- Emily Akhtarzandi
We The People
Featuring Bret Baier
and The Atlantic's Steve Clemons
In a series of conversations, The Atlantic will explore civitas, the contract binding all citizens together, and talk to leaders of business, politics and society who are striving to make our Union a little more perfect.
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