Next Level Housing Solutions Discussion: Building Urgency and Political Will

January 8, 2020
January 8, 2020

Dewitt Center
122 Dewitt Drive
Roxbury, MA 02110
United States

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Please join us for a Next Level conversation on building political will for housing policies that meet our many housing needs, ranging from affordable rental housing to homeownership opportunities that address the racial homeownership gap to affordable, walkable neighborhoods near transit to addressing displacement. There are many policy solutions that could have an impact, but their success is challenged by the lack of urgency, political will, and agreement on which strategies should be pursued.

One part of this challenge is a need to engage audiences who don’t currently view housing affordability or stability as their concern. But we are also challenged to build broad enough coalitions to be effective politically because those of us advocating for housing solutions have differing priorities. We would like to use this session to explore approaches to this second challenge.

How do we move forward?

It is important that we consider all strategies, listen to each other, and think about how we can build political will for meeting our housing challenges head-on. Our next conversation will provide an opportunity to hear about two strategies that are being pursued by different sets of stakeholders, both with the goal of ensuring that everyone has access to safe, healthy, and affordable homes in the communities they choose: rent stabilization and housing production. What are the goals of these proposals? What would be the impact?

Please join us with an open mind and an understanding heart. Everyone needs a safe, healthy, and affordable home. How do we make it happen?

For information on all sessions, meeting notes, and materials from earlier discussions, visit the Next Level Housing Solutions webpage.

*Note: These are brainstorming and discussion sessions, not panel discussions. Discussion leaders will try to ensure that broad perspectives are represented, and will seek to prompt thoughtful, action-oriented discussion, with the goal of bringing insights and initiatives back to the larger group in the fall. Each discussion will seek to include a very brief summary of efforts already underway. Please reach out to us if you would like to join us in planning and facilitating one or more of these discussions. Dates and times have been scheduled. 

Facilitated by The Boston Foundation, CHAPA, and LISC Boston with support from Bank of America.

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