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Stellar Keynote Line-up for Housing Washington 2017 Announced

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

SEATTLE, Wash (July 13, 2017) – Presenters of Housing Washington 2017, the leading affordable housing conference in the Pacific Northwest, today announces keynote presenters for its October 2th – 4th conference at the Spokane Convention Center.

Kicking off the conference is Anat Shenker Osorio of ASO Communications, who will speak to “The Power of the Message,” helping advocates and policy makers understand the importance of and techniques for messaging to expand affordable housing.

Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, will present the luncheon address on day one, representing the organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Yentel will share NLIHC’s latest findings with the anticipated 750 conference attendees.

Opening the conference on day two is a duo of Chris Estes, executive director of the National Housing Conference, and James Carr of the Roosevelt Institute. As advocates working day-to-day on the Hill to shape policy and budgets, they will address the national budget and its impacts on housing.

Closing the conference on October 4 is Suellen Henderson, vice president for Habitat for Humanity in the US and Canada. She will provide a perspective of the work of this global self-help housing organization, driven by the belief that everyone needs a decent place to live. Since its inception in 1976 as a grassroots effort, Habitat for Humanity now works in more than 1,300 U.S. communities and more than 70 countries.

“We could not be more delighted with the lineup of keynote presenters for the conference this year,” says Deputy Director Paul Edwards of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, the leading sponsoring organization of the conference. “Each of these dynamic speakers will bring valuable insights and energy to the conference to both inform and inspire our attendees to go back to their work of preserving and enhancing affordable housing for all.”

Housing Washington 2017 is set for October 2 – 4, 2017 at the Spokane Convention Center. One of the largest regional conferences in the country, the event is presented by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. Conference sponsorships and scholarships are available.

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