From Houses to High-Rises:
A Question of Affordability

December 7, 2017
Washington, DC

The median price of a home in the United States has been rising for years, and the trend is expected to continue. For an entire generation, that means the American dream of homeownership seems increasingly out of reach. Housing affordability is no longer simply a challenge for low-income families, but for the middle class as well.

How can communities address these challenges, ensure affordable housing, and bring home ownership within reach to more Americans? The Atlantic convened civic leaders, developers, policymakers and residents for an in-depth conversation on the state of the real estate market and the path to expanded access to affordable housing.

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  • Thursday, December 07
  • 2:00 p.m.WelcomeEmily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, AtlanticLIVE
  • 2:05 p.m.The State of the MarketAndrea Chegut, Director, MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab
    Robert Dietz, Chief Economist, National Association of Home Builders
    Nela Richardson, Chief Economist, Redfin
    With Rebecca Rosen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 2:35 p.m.White House Priorities Mark Calabria, Chief Economist, Executive Office of the Vice President
    With Gillian White, Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic
  • 2:55 p.m.Legislating Affordable HousingSenator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
    With Rebecca Rosen, The Atlantic
  • 3:25 p.m.What Can Communities Do?Allison Ladd, Deputy Director, DC Department of Housing and Community Development
    Matthew Heckles, Assistant Secretary, Development Finance, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
    Maria Torres-Springer, Commissioner, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, New York City
    With Gillian White, The Atlantic
  • 3:55 p.m.Closing ThoughtsEmily Akhtarzandi, AtlanticLIVE


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