About the Connecticut Affordable Housing Conference

The Partnership for Strong Communities (the Partnership) is thrilled to announce this year’s Connecticut Affordable Housing Conference (CAHC) November 18-19, 2024 with the theme Here for Housing. The CAHC is our opportunity to convene, collaborate, and drive meaningful change to improve and expand housing affordability, creation, choice, and stability across our state.

The CAHC will span two days, offering a diverse array of sessions tailored to advocates, policymakers, housing and service providers, lenders and funders, and the public. All are welcome. Each year, we spotlight strategies and solutions that help advance the vision that everyone in Connecticut has a safe, stable, affordable home.

At The Partnership for Strong Communities, we are dedicated to promoting equitable change in Connecticut’s housing policy landscape. Through coordinated advocacy, expert research, and collaboration with partners, we strive to address historic and ongoing housing injustices and support equitable and resilient communities across our state.

CAHC content is free and open to all thanks to our generous sponsors.

Jerusalem Demsas is a staff writer at The Atlantic where she is an established voice on the housing crisis and local democracy. Her writing spans issues from infrastructure, labor economics, and federalism to race, gender, mobility, and the politics of exclusion. She is also the host of the Atlantic’s policy podcast Good on Paper. Demsas was recognized for her work in 2023 by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) with the ASME Next Award for journalists under 30 and she was also a Visiting Fellow with the Center for Economy and Society at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to writing at The Atlantic, Demsas was a policy journalist at Vox, where she also co-hosted the popular policy podcast The Weeds.

Her forthcoming book of essays “On the Housing Crisis: Land, Development, Democracy ” is available for preorder here.

Brian J. McCabe is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He holds an affiliated appointment as faculty member in the McCourt School of Public Policy. Professor McCabe served as the inaugural Faculty Director for Research and Scholarship at the Center for Social Justice.

Through his research and scholarship, Professor McCabe seeks to understand social inequality in American cities.  His research focuses on several urban policy issues, including low-income housing programs, municipal campaign finance, neighborhood change and historic preservation.  Along with Professor Eva Rosen, he is the co-editor of a new volume on the Sociology of Housing (University of Chicago Press). With Professor Jennifer Heerwig (Stony Brook University), he is the co-author of a forthcoming book on Seattle’s Democracy Voucher Program (Temple University Press). Professor McCabe is also completing a solo-authored manuscript on the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

He previously served as a deputy editor at City & Community and currently sits on the editorial board of Housing Policy Debate. In 2022, he was appointed by the Biden-Harris Administration to serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Eva Rosen is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. She uses ethnography, qualitative, and mixed methods to study poverty, racial inequality, and American housing policy in the urban context. In 2022-2023 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York. Rosen received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in Sociology and Social Policy. She is a member of the Scholar Strategy Network. In 2018 she was recognized as one of APPAM’s outstanding early career scholars and received the 40 for 40 fellowship.

Her recent edited volume, with Brian McCabe, called The Sociology of Housing: How Homes Shape Our Social Lives, was released in 2023 with Chicago University Press. Her first book, The Voucher Promise, about housing insecurity and housing vouchers was published by Princeton University Press in July 2020, and is the winner of the Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Outstanding Book Award from the American Sociological Association and the Paul Davidoff Book Award from the ACSP. She is currently finishing a new book, coauthored with Phil Garboden, called American Landlords, about how landlords shape the low-end rental market. She has published papers in journals including the American Sociological Review, City & Community, Social Problems, Housing Policy DebateThe Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and The Annual Review of Sociology.

Rosen’s work has been funded by: The National Science Foundation, HUD, The Joint Center for Housing Studies, The Furman Center, The Harvard Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, The Massive Data Institute, The Institute for Research on Poverty, and The Meyer Foundation.

Session Proposals

We are seeking proposals from groups/individuals to provide timely, engaging, thoughtful sessions which address opportunities for collaborative action around addressing affordable housing issues in Connecticut. Example sessions include:

  • spotlighting policies or programs that advance housing justice for low-income households; 
  • sharing stories or narratives that showcase the range of housing experiences in Connecticut;
  • uplifting solutions for reducing regulatory barriers to housing production;
  • showcasing efforts to improve housing conditions or increase access to healthy affordable housing;
  • highlighting successful examples of targeting new/existing resources to address the severe shortage of affordable homes in our state;
  • demonstrating the intersectionality of affordable housing, like the impacts of affordable housing on health, education, economic mobility, etc. for individuals and communities
 

Low-income, Black, Indigenous, and Latine Connecticut households and communities experience housing instability, and inadequate and unsafe housing conditions at disproportionately high levels. We will prioritize session proposals that include consideration of racial equity in their presentation. 

We encourage both those who have presented at the CAHC in the past as well as new voices to submit!

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

Proposal Guidelines

  • Sessions are 50 minutes long
  • Must include actionable solutions/next steps shared with the audience
  • Must include discussion on the racial inequity considerations of the proposed topic
  • Should include racially diverse panels/presenters
  • 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
 

Proposal Submission Process

This form should be submitted by Friday July 19, 2024. Proposal leads will be notified of decision no later than Friday August 9, 2024. Contact Danielle@pschousing.org with any questions.

CAHC Agenda

The agenda for the CAHC isn’t set just yet. Please check back in the summer!

Registration

Registration for the CAHC is not open just yet. Please check back in the summer!

Sponsors

The CAHC is free and accessible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. We are deeply grateful for your support and look forward to partnering with you to make this year’s CAHC a resounding success. For more information on sponsoring the conference, click here

To pay for your sponsorship you can click here. If possible, please consider paying for your sponsorship via check as it saves us significant fees that we can put toward the conference! If you have any questions contact JaneP@pschousing.org.

thank you to our 2024 sponsors!

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