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November 16-20, 2020

About the Conference Series

Tipping Point offers a virtual multi-day event featuring conversations that explore challenges, share best practices, and coalesce us around critical next steps to address key affordable housing issues in our state. Tipping Point will be held from November 16-20, 2020 and will feature a daily menu of live and on-demand plenary and symposium sessions, and smaller informal discussion-based gatherings aimed at building networks and sharing ideas. Tipping Point is relevant to all in Connecticut's affordable housing industry, including:

  • Affordable housing developers
  • Tenants and tenant advocates
  • Lenders and funders
  • Public housing authorities
  • Municipal and state policy leaders
  • Housing advocates and other partners

 

Tipping Point is free and open to all to attend.

 

Partnership for Strong Communities created Tipping Point to provide a landing place for the learning and networking previously served by the Affordable Housing Alliance Annual Conference. For questions or more information, contact chelsea@pschousing.org.

Submit a Proposal

PSC is seeking proposals from groups/individuals who are interested in providing timely, engaging, and thoughtful sessions which address opportunities for action around Connecticut's affordable housing crisis. We encourage both those who have previously presented at the Affordable Housing Alliance Annual Conference as well as new voices to submit proposals.

 

Guidelines

  • Proposals must include actionable solutions/next steps shared with the audience
  • Proposals must include discussion on the racial inequity considerations of the proposed topic
  • Proposals should include racially diverse panels/presenters
  • Proposals should include details/ideas on how the session will be interactive and encourage participation
  • Proposals that utilize current/recent data are encouraged
  • Proposals that include multiple partners are encouraged
  • Proposals led by or including individuals with lived expertise of housing instability will be given special consideration

 

Session Styles

  • Plenary style- single speaker sharing expert information. Length: 30-60 minutes
  • Symposium style- multiple speakers sharing complementary information. May include a facilitator. Length: 45-60 minutes
  • Lightning style- short presentation with time for audience discussion. Length: 15-30 minutes
  • Networking- no formal presentation. Facilitator provides questions or ideas to spark discussion around a particular topic area. Length: 15-30 minutes

 

Submission

Complete a proposal submission form by Thursday October 8, 2020. Applicants will be notified by Friday October 16, 2020. 

Conference Agenda

Check back as sessions are finalized. 

 

 

Registration Information

More information on registering to attend Tipping Point will be shared soon.

Sponsoring the Conference

We hope you will join us in making Connecticut's first virtual Affordable Conference series a success and free and open to all! A summary of sponsorship options is below. View our Tipping Point Sponsorship Package for full details.

Contact Chelsea Ross with any questions: chelsea@pschousing.org.

Sponsorship Options

Leading

  • Opportunity to provide opening remarks at or share a video message with conference attendees
  • Featured in leading sponsor position with logo on all conference marketing collateral and social media
  • Featured as leading sponsor throughout conference
  • Title sponsor of conference session of your choice
  • Full page ad in digital conference agenda
  • Opportunity to host Q&A or networking session during conference
  • Opportunity to author PSC blog post

 

Innovating

  • Featured as innovating sponsor with logo on all conference marketing collateral and social media
  • Featured as innovating sponsor throughout conference
  • Title sponsor of conference session of your choice
  • Full page ad in digital conference agenda
  • Opportunity to introduce session of your choice

 

Collaborating

  • Featured as collaborating sponsor with logo on all conference marketing collateral and social media
  • Featured as collaborating sponsor throughout conference
  • Title sponsor of symposium session of your choice
  • Half page ad in digital conference agenda
  • Opportunity to introduce networking session of your choice

 

Supporting

  • Featured as supporting sponsor with logo on conference marketing collateral and social media
  • Featured as supporting sponsor throughout conference
  • Half page ad in digital conference agenda
  • Opportunity to introduce lightning talk of your choice

 

Session Sponsor

  • Featured as a sponsor of a symposium session
  • Name and link on Tipping Point webpage
  • Quarter page ad in digital conference agenda

 

Media Sponsor

  • Featured on social media
  • Name and link on Tipping Point webpage
  • Quarter page ad in digital conference agenda

 

Agenda Sponsor

  • Name and link on Tipping Point webpage
  • Name and link in digital conference agenda

 

View our Tipping Point Sponsorship Package for full details.

The State of Affordable Housing in Connecticut

Connecticut's severe and persistent affordable housing crisis has come to a tipping point. Before the COVID-19 crisis began, Connecticut had an estimated shortage of 86,836 rental homes affordable and available for extremely low-income renters. Before the COVID-19 crisis began, nearly 120,000 Connecticut households were spending over half of their income on rental housing (including rent and utilities). In 2020, Connecticut had the 9th highest housing costs and the 5th oldest housing stock in the nation. Thousands of affordable housing units need immediate investment in order to preserve them. There are approximately four affordable and available rental homes for every ten deeply poor renter households in Connecticut. Households that spend half their paycheck on home-related costs are forced to spend less on other critical needs, including food, healthcare, and childcare. As of July 21, 2020, close to 120,000 households were unable to pay last month's rent. The lack of affordable housing in Connecticut has only been exacerbated by the global pandemic, and by the deep racial inequity which pervades our housing, healthcare, education, justice, and economic systems.

Learn more about the state of affordable housing in Connecticut

Now more than ever, we must ensure every resident of Connecticut has access to an affordable, safe, stable home in communities across the state.


Major Sponsors

 

Melville Charitable Trust