RSG attended this year’s Housing CA Virtual Un-Conference and had the opportunity to enjoy some great content focusing on the housing issues being faced by so many today and hope for the future of housing in these trying times. The conference kicked off with an emphasis on racial equality and justice in the housing and homelessness field. Conference workshops expressed a cultural approach to housing along with brainstorming and finding a way to support communities with complex needs. The resounding message was that housing justice is too important to ignore. The conference challenged all to look for opportunities and possibilities for solutions.
The conference ultimately focused on working with multi-sector coalitions and community organizations, demonstrating a power of togetherness in our industry led by impactful leaders within the fields of healthcare, public health, and community development. Building real change for affordable housing and homelessness requires an “entire effort of all” approach.
The California Housing Consortium was also a part of the conference and co-hosted the event on the third day. Featuring influential leaders in Housing and Homelessness like Congresswoman Maxine Waters, State Secretary Lourdes M. Castro Ramírez, and Governor Gavin Newsom, the event served as an opportunity to announce the launch of Housing is Key, a housing resources tool for California tenants and landlords. Additionally, Governor Newsom spoke about the affordable housing movement and identifying opportunities to build and create housing stability in California.
Other resources featured during the conference included California’s Roadmap HOME 2030!, an initiative to develop and implement a “Marshall Plan” for statewide housing and homelessness solutions. For more information on this resource, check out the initiative’s website at https://roadmaphomeca.org.
You can check-out more about the Housing CA Virtual Un-Conference on twitter at #HousingCA2020.