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Announcing Tipping Point: Connecticut's 2020 Affordable Housing Conference Series

26 August 2020

Tipping Point: Connecticut's 2020 Affordable Housing Conference Series

November 16-20, 2020

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Summary

Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC) is hosting Connecticut's 2020 Affordable Housing Conference Series, Tipping Point. With the loss of the Affordable Housing Alliance and their Annual Conference, PSC has created Tipping Point to offer 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 feature a menu of live and on-demand plenary and symposium style sessions relevant to affordable housing developers, tenants and tenant advocates, lenders and funders, public housing authorities, municipal and state policy leaders, housing advocates and partners. The week will also include small and informal discussion-based gatherings, aimed at building networks and sharing ideas. Tipping Point is free and open to all to attend.

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. 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. Thousands of affordable housing units need immediate investment in order to preserve them. Layer on the deep racial inequity that pervades our housing, healthcare, education, justice, and economic systems. Layer on a global pandemic. Now more than ever, we must ensure every resident of Connecticut has access to an affordable, safe, stable home in communities across the state.

Request for Proposals

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

Submission Process: A proposal submission form should be submitted by Thursday October 8, 2020. A summary of the requested information is below.

  • Lead Applicant Information
  • Session Details:
    • Suggested Session Title
    • Session Description
    • How you will include actionable solutions/next steps with the audience
    • How you will actively engage participants during your session
    • Sector intersections addressed
    • Audience
  • Session Style and Length
  • Presenter(s) Details
  • Session Preferences

All applicants will be notified by Friday October 16, 2020. Contact chelsea@pschousing.org with any questions.