Young Professionals' Brown Bag Lunch Series: Standing Up for Affordable Housing- February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017
February 23, 2017

CHAPA Young Professionals Brown Bag Lunch Series: Standing up for Affordable Housing 


Eric Shupin, Director of Public Policy, CHAPA

Jesse Kanson-Benanav, A Better Cambridge 

The current political climate requires that we all become champions for affordable housing. As costs continue to rise, and public funding remains uncertain 

we all find ourselves asking the following questions:  

- How do I become a champion for affordable housing? 

- What ways can I become involved in my local and state jurisdiction? 

- What are effective ways to communicate with local and state leaders? 

- What initiatives are occurring now where I can lend my support around affordable housing? 

Join us in this discussion with our hosts, Eric Shupin, Policy Director at CHAPA, and Jesse Kanson-Benanav of A Better Cambridge, to learn how we can all stay involved, connected and informed.

About the Presenters:

Eric Shupin joined CHAPA in 2013, and became the Director of Public Policy in 2016. He is responsible for directing CHAPA’s state policy advocacy agenda. Prior to coming to CHAPA, Eric was a student-attorney at legal clinics in Washington, DC, where he represented clients in Housing Court. Eric has worked with many housing and community development nonprofit organizations while serving for two years as an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps member and team leader. Eric has a B.A. and J.D. from The George Washington University and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Jesse Kanson-Benanav is an experienced affordable housing professional, with background in housing organizing, policy, public housing consultant, and real estate development. He currently works as Senior Project Manager at the Somerville Community Corporation, working to expand affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income invidviduals in Somerville. A Cambridge resident since 2004, Jesse is the founder and chairman of A Better Cambridge - a citywide organization of residents advocating for higher density housing and smart growth development in the city. He is a leader in the emerging national YIMBY movement, a network of local advocates and organizations around the country saying Yes In My Back Yard to more housing and sustainable growth to address the significant housing affordability crisis in high-cost, high-opportunity cities like Cambridge and Boston. Click here to find out more about A Better Cambridge!


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