FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Conference Program Again Offered Free of Charge in Virtual Format
Seattle, WA (Sept. 23, 2021) – Housing Washington, the leading affordable-housing conference in Washington state, is again going virtual with a free, two-day educational event October 5-6. Registration is open at www.housingwa.org.
The program will offer a range of learning opportunities, along with opportunities to engage with top affordable housing leaders, industry experts, and a broad audience of industry professionals in timely and important conversations that help drive housing solutions. The conference is offered free of charge again this year, courtesy of industry conference sponsors who share a strong commitment to advancing affordable housing in Washington.
Housing Washington is also committed to fostering racial equity and social justice across the affordable housing sector, which continues to be reflected in the conference programming and presenters.
This year’s live keynote topics and speakers, in order of scheduled presentation, include:
The State of Housing in Washington: Honorable Jay Inslee, Governor, Washington State
Advancing the National Affordable Housing Agenda: Opportunities, Programs & Priorities to Meet the Housing Crisis: Adrianne Todman, 12th Deputy Secretary, US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development
Realizing the Potential of the Biden Housing Agenda: Emily Cadik, Executive Director, Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition & Diane Yentel, President & CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition
Discriminatory Practices in Housing & Wealth Building in America: Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., Nationally Recognized Author & Activist
Rural Agenda; US Department of Agriculture’s National 2022 Agenda: Justin Maxson, Deputy Undersecretary, Rural Development, US Department of Agriculture
A Housing Playbook for the Future of Affordable Housing: Julián Castro, Former Secretary of U.S. Housing & Urban Development
In addition to the live keynotes, attendees can join one of 19 live concurrent breakout sessions and 6 live webinar sessions featuring national, regional, and local industry experts. Attendees will also have access post-event to view sessions on-demand. The full program can be found at www.housingwa.org/program and list of speakers at www.housingwa.org/speakers.
The virtual event also includes a virtual exposition of exhibitors, recognition of extraordinary people and organizations that are positively impacting Washington state’s affordable housing industry, and opportunities to connect and network. While attendance is free, registration is required to attend the event or view on-demand content post-event.
Through a special cross-event collaboration, Housing Washington attendees can also extend their learning at the Conference on Ending Homelessness (COEH), which takes place immediately following Housing Washington on October 7-8. For details on the COEH conference visit www.wliha.org/conference.
Virtual Conference Sponsors
Top level sponsors contributing to Housing Washington 2021 include Hilltop Securities, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Shelter Resources Inc., U.S. Bank, Bank of America, Beacon Development Group, Enterprise/Bellwether Enterprise, R4 Capital, The Summit Group, Umpqua Bank, Wells Fargo, and ZBA Architecture, along with a host of additional sponsors, and nonprofit and governmental supporting organizations.
About Housing Washington
Housing Washington is Washington state’s most significant resource for affordable housing guidance, innovation, and solutions. Led by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce and Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, the 28th annual conference is designed to enhance the skills, vision, and understanding of professionals working in affordable housing in Washington state and challenges them to work toward racial equity and social justice. www.housingwa.org.
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