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The Washington Chapter, Puget Sound Section of the American Planning Association is pleased to offer AICP CM credits for Housing Washington 2020. Qualified conference program sessions will be indicated by the APA WA icon.



Opening Live Keynote

Dr. Tiffany Manuel

President & CEO, TheCaseMade

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Making the Case for Inclusive Communities

"We are redefining what it means to make the case for systems change and in so doing, building the public and political will needed to transform communities for the better.”

Dr. Tiffany Manuel, is President and CEO of TheCaseMade, a woman/minority-owned public benefit corporation dedicated to helping leaders powerfully and intentionally make the case for systems change. TheCaseMade works to strengthen the capacity of our nation's leaders to make the case for building inclusive communities and to effectively tackle all forms of social, racial, and economic inequality​. Dr. Manuel works with hundreds of passionate social change leaders, changemakers, and innovators to build better, stronger communities that are diverse, equitable and inclusive.

“By aligning their community stakeholders around the kind of deep systems changes that can improve population outcomes, these leaders are able to grow their impact, scale their programs, and harness the investments they need to improve their communities.”


Listen to a short clip featuring Dr. Manuel discussing defining our moment.

Closing Live Keynote

Ijeoma Oluo

Seattle-based writer, speaker & "Internet yeller"

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So You Want to Talk About Race in Housing

“White supremacists 'swatted' my home to silence me. I will not be silent.”


Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller. She’s the author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January 2018 by Seal Press, but once again a best seller in 2020.

In a June 2020 interview with Glamour magazine, the article states, “Seven of the top 10 books, it noted, focused on race and antiracism work. One of them was a title that’s shown up in dozens of guides for antiracist readers and Instagram roundups the world over: Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race.”

Named one of the The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and The Guardian, among other outlets.


Session Experts



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Welcome & Opening Live Keynote

Video: Hilltop Securities

Welcome & Introduction: Steve Walker, Executive Director, Washington State Housing Finance Commission

Making the Case for Inclusive Communities

Dr. Tiffany Manuel, President & CEO, TheCaseMade

Break  | Virtual Expo  | Networking

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will be available post-conference for viewing. Choose your desired session to watch live during this time, then plan to access addition breakout sessions post-event on-demand.

B1:   Finding Value in Lives & Property Amid a National Pandemic

Andre Perry, Brookings Institution

Hear findings from Andre Perry's new book Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities. His analysis of home prices in the Washington, D.C. region found a $48,000 price difference between residences in Black-majority neighborhoods and homes in predominantly white areas. Perry will share and discuss how we can restore the value lost on racism while repairing the social fractures between our communities.

B2:   Housing Supply & Housing Tenure: An Introduction to Options Pricing Frameworks

Dr. James Young, University of Washington

With huge demand from first time buyers and increasing house prices, why are there still so few condominium units being built? This presentation will examine housing tenure from both a housing supply and capital markets perspective. Forward pricing by developers and capital market expectations on returns represent a form of risk that drive housing supply decisions. This presentation will illustrate options pricing theory and examine its role in housing supply and housing tenure decisions using market data. A discussion of housing development policies and risk dynamics from this perspective will follow.

B3:   Fair Housing in a COVID Environment

 Adria Buchanan, Fair Housing Center of Washington

Get an overview of the Fair Housing Act, particularly reasonable accommodations and modifications during a pandemic. Learn about a new, free program offered in collaboration with the Fair Housing Center of Washington, Tacoma ProBono, and the Center for Dialog and Resolution designed to help both landlords and tenants once the moratorium is lifted. 

B4:    Rural Housing in the Face of COVID-19

Marty Miller, Office of Rural & Farmworker Housing

From seasonally-occupied farmworker housing to occupied rehabilitation of existing housing, COVID-19 has impacted both developing and living in affordable housing. Join this session to learn about the COVID-related impacts on occupancy, relocation, and the regulatory framework. The discussion will include what the future looks like for housing needs during and after COVID-19.

B5:    Advancing Affordable & Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)

James Madden, Enterprise Community Partners

Patience Malaba, Housing Development Consortium

As the housing crisis persists, with systemic inequities laid bare and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, regional collaborative approaches grounded on racial equity and social justice are needed to achieve thriving and equitable transit-oriented development that creates true communities of opportunity. This session will bring together non-profit affordable housing developers, transit agencies, community partners and public funders to discuss racial equity and TOD. They will tackle and work through how affordable TOD can become truly equitable. Using data driven and methodical approaches, they will share perspectives on affordability, affirmatively furthering fair housing and collaborating with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations in the creation of affordable and equitable TOD.  

B6:   Moving our Missions Forward: Grounding your Message in Racial Justice

Amy Clark, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

Dismantling inequity and reversing the racist impacts of past housing policies and practices has long been central to our work in affordable housing. But we have frequently avoided making this goal explicit, perhaps concerned that clear messaging on race and class could alienate. In fact, by using messages that will mobilize those in our community who care most about racial equity, we maximize our opportunity to persuade those on the fence. In this session, you’ll learn how to use an explicit racial justice lens to develop messaging that builds deep support for your affordable housing work.

Break  | Virtual Expo  | Networking

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will be available post-conference for viewing. Choose your desired session to watch live during this time, then plan to access addition breakout sessions post-event on-demand.

B7:   Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Designed to End Racism

Thomas Stagg, Novogradac

The community reinvestment act (CRA) is a big driver of investment in affordable housing. In May the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued Final Rules on the CRA, amending the previous regulations after receiving over 7,500 comments. This group will discuss its potential impact, how the election may impact the implementation of the Final Rule and what the future may hold for CRA.

B8:   20 Questions for 2020

David Bradley, National Community Action Foundation

2020 is the most difficult year America has faced since the 60s...the 1860s. What does it mean politically and legislatively? This session will break down what it all means, present some things to think about for the upcoming elections (and, of course, predictions!) and discuss the legislative outlook for this Congress and the 117th Congress.

B9:   Bending the Curve of Homelessness – Solutions for a Post-Covid World

Dilip Wagle, McKinsey & Company

The once robust and perhaps overheating economy in our region now has been subsumed by the global pandemic. While our focus should rightly be on addressing the immediate housing needs of the homeless whose lives have been upended in the global pandemic, we cannot ignore the structural dislocations and inequities that underlie our region’s homelessness problem – increasing economic inequity combined with a chronic and rising shortage of affordable housing, especially for those making below 30 percent of our area’s median income. Addressing our homelessness problem requires us to first and foremost, build more affordable housing. While what is needed is clear, making this happen will take time, billions of dollars, and significant political will.

B10: Housing Underproduction in Washington

Dr. Michael Wilkerson, ECONorthwest

Earlier this year, a study was released quantifying the underproduction of housing in Washington state. With the housing affordability crises touching all regions of the state, this groundbreaking research examines the extent of the imbalance between the production of housing and the demand for housing that is affordable at all income levels. The study specifically evaluates how a more of the same approach to housing, compared to an accessible growth strategy targeting transit corridors and areas of economic opportunity, would benefit the region economically, fiscally, and environmentally. Market challenges related to COVID and the current recession will be discussed in the context of the persistent underproduction of housing statewide, and its impact on affordability and availability of housing.

B11: Strategies to Increase Black Homeownership

Antoine Thompson, National Association of Real Estate Brokers

This session will discuss data from the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) State of Housing In Black America (SHIBA) report and current homeownership rates and mortgage lending trends in the U.S. According to the U.S. Census, as of June 30, 2020, the Black homeownership rate is 47% compared to a White homeownership of 76%. The session will identify national and state solutions to close the racial wealth gap through increasing the rate of Black homeownership. NAREB has a national program to create Two Million New Black Homeowners and a new House Then The Car program to increase homeownership for Black millennials.

B12: Developing a Continuum of Housing Options for the Behavioral Health Population

Melodie Pazolt, Health Care Authority

Kira Schneider, Health Care Authority

Milena Stott, Fletcher Group

MeLinda Trujillo, Health Care Authority

The Division of Behavioral Health & Recovery (DBHR) has been working to develop a continuum of housing options for individuals with behavioral health conditions. Choice in housing is a fundamental DBHR philosophy and providing options for individuals on their recovery pathway is paramount to a person-centered delivery system.  In addition to Foundational Community Supports, Housing and Recovery through Peer Services (HARPS), DBHR has been working with national technical assistance through the Fletcher Group to develop Recovery Residences as well as our continued efforts to expand and support Oxford Houses. This workshop will provide an overview of those efforts.

Break  | Virtual Expo  | Networking

Friend of Housing Awards

Closing Live Keynote

Video: Hilltop Securities

Introduction: Kris Hermanns, Chief Impact Officer, The Seattle Foundation

So You Want to Talk About Race in Housing

Ijeoma Oluo, Seattle-based writer, speaker & "Internet yeller"

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