PAST EVENTS 

Highlights from 2018 Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action 

The 2018 Our Homes, Our Voices national housing week of action had more than 125 events planned in communities across the country. See below for events that were planned throughout the week. 

ALASKA

Fairbanks
Lead Organization: Fairbanks Housing & Homeless Coalition, and FNA Community Services
Contact: Eloy Ponce, eponce@fairbanks.us
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Borealis Ballroom, Wedgewood Resort, 212 Wedgewood Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99701
Event Description: The Fairbanks Housing & Homeless Coalition (FHHC) will host a community conversation about homelessness and social services in Interior Alaska. The discussion will consist of a brief overview of the statistical analysis of housing/ homelessness in and around Fairbanks, followed by testimony from a variety of agencies about their programs and from clients that have used the programs. There will be a brief question and answer session at the end of each presentation. Additionally, numerous local agencies will have outreach tables set up to provide more in-depth information about their services. For more information please contact Eloy Ponce at eponce@fairbanks.us.

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/923710011140148

ARIZONA

Phoenix
Lead Organization: Arizona Housing Coalition
Contact: Erin Cochran, erin@azhousingcoalition.org
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Arizona Housing Coalition offices, 141 E Palm Ln, Suite 105, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Event Description: Dear Arizona Letter Writing Party. Share your stories via letter, postcard, or email about the importance of investments in affordable housing and in our communities with your state senator and representative. Arizona Housing Coalition staff will provide all letter-writing supplies, legislative contact info, and refreshments. Contact Erin Cochran for more information. 

 

Phoenix
Lead Organization: Arizona Housing Coalition
Contact: Erin Cochran, erin@azhousingcoalition.org
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Arizona Housing Coalition offices, 141 E Palm Ln, Suite 105, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Event Description: Dear Congress Letter Writing Party. Share your stories via letter, postcard, or email about the importance of investments in affordable housing and in our communities with Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, and your U.S. Representative. Arizona Housing Coalition staff will provide all letter-writing supplies, congressional contact info, and refreshments. Contact Erin Cochran for more information.

ARKANSAS

Jacksonville
Lead Organization: Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corporation (EHDOC)
Contact: Pam Taylor, ptaylor@ehdoc.org
Date: Monday, May 7
Location: Worley Place Senior Citizen Apartments
Event Description: Residents will call the Congressmen about budget cuts.

CALIFORNIA 

Los Angeles
Lead Organization: Southern California Association for NonProfit Housing, Enterprise Community Partners, LA Voice, Uplift Inglewood, and the Social Justice Learning Institute
Contact: Michael Menjivar, mmenjivar@scanph.org
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Holy Faith Episcopal Church, 260 N Locust St, Inglewood, CA 90301
Event Description: Keeping Inglewood Affordable. A panel discussion and conversation featuring Rev. Francisco Garcia, Holy Family Episcopal Church; Dr. D'Artagnan Scorza, Social Justice Learning Institute; State Senator Steven Bradford; and State Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (invited). Learn how local and federal policy efforts will impact Inglewood and the surrounding community. Take action to ensure Inglewood stays affordable for all residents. Refreshments and free parking provided. Contact Michael Menjivar for more information.
More Information and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/352147581962267

Palm Springs
Lead Organization: Coachella Valley Housing Coalition
Contact: Deanna Mendoza, Deanna.Mendoza@cvhc.org
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Rosa Garden Apartments, 555 Rosa Parks Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Event Description: A Rally for Affordable Homes! For those who are available in the morning, the rally will be preceded by a tour of several affordable developments in the West Coachella Valley. The tour portion begins from Rosa Gardens at 9:00 AM. Contact Deanna Mendoza for more information.

Sacramento

Lead Organization: Sacramento Housing Alliance

Contact: Aileen Joy, aileen@sachousingalliance.org

Date: Wednesday, May 2

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Chaise Lounge, 1330 H St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Event Description: Sacramento Housing Alliance Happy Hour! Networking event for affordable housing advocates, residents, and professionals. Discussion will include best ways to stand for safe, stable, decent, healthy, and accessible homes for everyone in the Sacramento region. The event is also a fundraising opportunity for Sacramento Housing Alliance. Admission is free for members, and only $5 for everyone else. Contact Aileen Joy for more information.

More Information, RSVP, and Ticket Purchase: https://bit.ly/2HAUy16

Sacramento

Lead Organization: Sacramento Housing Alliance

Contact: Aileen Joy, aileen@sachousingalliance.org

Date: Thursday, May 3

Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: 909 12th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Event Description: Under One Roof: 909 12th Street BigDOG Open House. The 12 non-profit organizations in this space open their doors for Sacramento's Big Day of Giving. Sacramento Housing Alliance will share information about how to get involved in upcoming housing advocacy work. Food and drinks will be available. Admission is free, and RSVP is requested. Contact Aileen Joy for more information.

More Information and RSVP: https://bit.ly/2KjwQbs

San Rafael

Lead Organization: Maria B. Freitas Senior Community

Contact: Pat Soberanis, pat.soberanis@gmail.com

Date: Saturday, May 5

Time: Time TBA

Location: Maria B. Freitas Senior Community, exact location TBA, San Rafael, CA

Event Description: Open house and teach-in on senior housing issues. Contact Pat Soberanis to get involved.

Santa Barbara
Lead Organization: Joint Cities/County Housing Task Force
Contact: Kathleen Baushke, kbaushke@transitionhouse.com
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Community Room at Presidio Springs, 721 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Event Description: Our Voices, Our Homes Santa Barbara! Attendees will have the opportunity to write letters and postcards to our elected officials in Washington, D.C., in support of federal affordable housing programs. Speakers will share more information about the issue of affordable housing locally and nationally. There will be activities for children as well. Contact Kathleen Baushke for more information.

DELAWARE

Dover

Lead Organization: Housing Alliance of Delaware

Contact: Tina Showalter, tshowalter@housingalliancede.org

Date: Thursday, May 3

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Christ Episcopal Church Dover, 501 S State St, Dover, DE, 19901

Event Description: 2018 Day for Housing. Program of presentations from local, statewide, and federal housing advocates and government officials. Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi will deliver a keynote address and share lunch with attendees. The program will be followed by lobbying at the State Capitol. Contact Tina Showalter to get involved

FLORIDA

Miami
Lead Organization: Miami Homes for All and the Helping Our Miami-Dade Youth (HOMY) Collective
Contact: Audrey Aradanas, aaradanas@miamihomesforall.org
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Location: The Miami Foundation. 40 NW 3rd St, Suite 305, Miami, FL, 33128
Event Description: Know Your Rights Workshop. Know your rights on how to get an apartment and keep it! This FREE interactive workshop is tailored specifically for young adults, ages 18-24. We'll learn about your rights as a tenant, how to get an apartment, and more! Space is limited, please RSVP.

RSVP: https://bit.ly/2qayL9Y

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/199628983982493/

Miami
Lead Organization: National Housing Trust and Struggle for Miami’s Affordable and Sustainable Housing (SMASH)
Contact: Adrian Madriz, adrian@smashtheslumlords.org
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Community Room of Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137
Event Description: Defeating Poverty through Affordable Housing. The National Housing Trust, in partnership with SMASH and Radical Partners, is hosting a dinner between Miami housing policy leaders and residents whose lives have been transformed by access to quality affordable housing. This dinner will be part of Miami’s 10 Days of Connection and with the Our Homes, Our Voices housing week of action. Attendees will come from diverse backgrounds, including families who have found stability and success through the quality affordable housing made possible by NHT-Enterprise and the National Housing Trust. They will share their stories with leaders and housing policy makers to highlight the importance of good affordable housing in any good anti-poverty strategy. Contact Adrian Madriz for more information.

Miami

Lead Organization: Smash the Slumlords, and Liberty City Committee on Slum and Gentrification

Contact: Adrian Madriz, adrian@smashtheslumlords.org

Date: Monday, May 7

Time: 8:00pm - Midnight

Location: Hôtel Gaythering, 1409 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Event Description: "The Real (affordable) House Spouses of Miami.” Karaoke fundraiser for LGBTQ homeless youth in Miami and discussion of Community Land Trust that is being developed, along with housing and shelter options.

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/669284956795544/

Orlando
Lead Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando

Contact: Abby Lemay, alemay@habitatorlando.org
Date: Tuesday, May 1
Time: TBD
Location: Habitat Greater Orlando
Event Description: Habitat Greater Orlando will hold an Affordable Housing Call-a-Thon, as part of the Our Homes, Our Voices national campaign. 

Tampa
Contact: Amanda Mole, molea.2008@gmail.com
Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Sidewalk at the intersection of N Willow Ave and W Main St, Tampa, FL 
Event Description: Tampa advocates will hold a press conference to demand that electoral candidates make affordable housing a top priority when they run for office. The group will meet in front of an affordable housing complex that recently vacated in Tampa. The group seeks residents to address the topics of: racism and housing discrimination,
and LGBTQ youth homelessness. Confirmed speakers and topics include: Amanda Mole, introduction and call to action; Dayna Lazarus, affordable housing in Tampa; Bruce Wright, poverty and harm reduction; Jerry Green, homeless veterans; Syd Eastwin, housing and sex work; Karen M. Clay, disability and homelessness, and aging in place; and Sky U. White. Equitable housing.
More Information and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/184504662196516/

ILLINOIS

East St. Louis
Lead Organization: Housing Action Illinois, CDBG Operations Corporation
Contact: Willie Heineke, willie@housingactionil.org
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: CDBG Operations Corporation, 510 N 25th St, East St. Louis, IL 62205
Event Description: Lunch and community roundtable conversation at CDBG Operations Corporation. This event is part of a series of discussions bringing together service providers, people with lived experience, elected officials, civil servants, and community members. Participants will explore ways to best raise the importance of housing and homelessness with elected officials and candidates for public office during this election season. RSVP requested. Contact Willie Heineke for more information or to RSVP.

 

Evanston
Lead Organization: Housing Action Illinois, Hilda’s Place, Chicago Community Trust’s “On the Table” initiative
Contact: Willie Heineke, willie@housingactionil.org
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 6:45 PM
Location: Hilda’s Place, 1458 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201 (enter off Chicago Ave. through the central doors of the Lake Street Church)
Event Description: Dinner at Hilda’s Place, to be prepared by cooks from Christ Temple Baptist Church, and community roundtable conversation. This event is part of a series of discussions bringing together service providers, people with lived experience, elected officials, civil servants, and community members. Participants will explore ways to best raise the importance of housing and homelessness with elected officials and candidates for public office during this election season. RSVP requested. Contact Willie Heineke for more information or to RSVP.

 

Evanston
Lead Organization: Housing Action Illinois, Reba Place Housing, Chicago Community Trust’s “On the Table” initiative
Contact: Willie Heineke, willie@housingactionil.org
Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Reba Place housing residence, Evanston, IL
Event Description: Lunch and community roundtable conversation at a Reba Place Housing residence. This event is part of a series of discussions bringing together service providers, people with lived experience, elected officials, civil servants, and community members. Participants will explore ways to best raise the importance of housing and homelessness with elected officials and candidates for public office during this election season. RSVP requested. Contact Willie Heineke for more information or to RSVP.

 

Evanston
Lead Organization: Housing Action Illinois, League of Women Voters Evanston, Chicago Community Trust’s “On the Table” initiative
Contact: Willie Heineke, willie@housingactionil.org
Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: League of Women Voters, Evanston, IL
Event Description: Dinner and community roundtable conversation with the League of Women Voters Evanston. This event is part of a series of discussions bringing together service providers, people with lived experience, elected officials, civil servants, and community members. Participants will explore ways to best raise the importance of housing and homelessness with elected officials and candidates for public office during this election season. RSVP requested. Contact Willie Heineke for more information or to RSVP.

Waukegan
Lead Organization: Housing Action Illinois, Lake County Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Community Trust’s “On the Table” initiative
Contact: Sam McDonnell, smcdonnell@lakecountyil.gov
Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Lake County Catholic Charities, 671 S Lewis Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085
Event Description: Lunch and community roundtable conversation at Lake County Catholic Charities. This event is part of a series of discussions bringing together service providers, people with lived experience, elected officials, civil servants, and community members. Participants will explore ways to best raise the importance of housing and homelessness with elected officials and candidates for public office during this election season. RSVP requested. Contact Sam McDonnell for more information.

Wheaton
Lead Organization: Housing Action Illinois, DuPage Habitat for Humanity, H.O.M.E. DuPage, Chicago Community Trust’s “On the Table” initiative
Contact: Willie Heineke, willie@housingactionil.org
Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: DuPage Habitat for Humanity, 1600 E Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187
Event Description: Dinner and community roundtable conversation at DuPage Habitat for Humanity and H.O.M.E DuPage. This event is part of a series of discussions bringing together service providers, people with lived experience, elected officials, civil servants, and community members. Participants will explore ways to best raise the importance of housing and homelessness with elected officials and candidates for public office during this election season. RSVP requested. Contact Willie Heineke for more information or to RSVP.

INDIANA

Hammond
Lead Organization: Prosperity Indiana
Contact: Jessica Love jlove@prosperityindiana.org
Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Northwest Indiana Reinvestment Alliance, 5209 Hohman Ave, Hammond, IN 46320
Event Description: Prosperity Indiana network members, advocates in Northwest Indiana, community partners, and concerned citizens will meet to share challenges and desired outcomes related to homelessness, affordable housing and community development in the region. As a coalition, they will devise a plan of action to achieve effective, comprehensive solutions. Contact Jessica Love for more information.
More Information and RSVP: https://bit.ly/2jkBfi1

Indianapolis
Lead Organization: Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention (CHIP)
Contact: Zachary Alexander, zalexander@chipindy.org
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Housing Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) of Indiana, Inc., 964 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Event Description: CHIP will join Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett for a press conference to discuss the data and results of the 2018 Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count conducted on January 24, 2018. The City of Indianapolis and CHIP will discuss the findings and talk about the barriers and housing solutions to end homelessness in the community. Contact Zachary Alexander for more information.

IOWA

Davenport
Lead Organization:
Shelter and Transitional Housing Council
Contact: John De Taeye, jdetaeye@humilityofmaryhousing.com
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Humility of Mary Housing, Inc., 3805 Mississippi Ave, Davenport, IA 52807

Event Description: Lunch & Launch event for the “Quad Cities Housing Solutions” discussion series. The event will discuss the unique housing challenges of the Quad Cities with a focus on the need for more federal resources. Contact John De Taeye for more information.

KENTUCKY

Frankfort
Lead Organization: Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky
Contact: Adrienne Bush, abush@hhck.org
Date: Tuesday, May 1 – Tuesday, May 8
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky offices, 306 W Main St, Suite 207, Frankfort, KY 40601
Event Description: Join HHCK in a nonpartisan voter registration drive during the National Low Income Housing Coalition's Week of Action. Many of our participants may have recently moved and need to update their voter registration for the November general election - let's help people become more civically engaged! Contact Adrienne Bush for more information.
More Information and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/395536797579380/

LOUISIANA

 

New Orleans
Lead Organization: Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance
Contact: Treyshawn Webb, twebb@gnoha.org
Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Crescent City Boxing Gym, 3101 Erato St, New Orleans, LA 70125
Event Description: The Rent is Too Damn High! encore performance and closing reception. The Rent Is Too Damn High! is an exhibition, performance, and catalogue publication that serves to create a platform for black artists native to the city of New Orleans to insert themselves squarely in the middle of the tricentennial narrative. Combing elements of traditional 2D exhibitions of visual art with a performance and political satire, the exhibit explores themes of home, belonging, cultural transmission, gentrification, and displacement.
More Information: Visit https://color-bloc.com/ or contact Treyshawn Webb. 

Ville Platte
Lead Organization: Village de Memoire Apartments
Contact: Rebecca Beene, rbeene@ehdoc.org
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1001 N Reed St, Ville Platte, LA 70586
Event Description: Village de Memoire Apartments is a 114-unit HUD Section 8 and Section 202 rural housing development for seniors and people with disabilities, managed by Elderly Housing Development & Operations Corporation (EHDOC). Residents and community leaders are planning a call-in day to federal elected officials in the Village de Memoire community room. Contact Rebecca Beene for more information.

MAINE

Portland
Lead Organization: Maine Affordable Housing Coalition
Contact: Greg Payne, gpayne@mainehousingcoalition.org 
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library Main Branch, 5 Monument Square, Portland, Maine 04101
Event Description: Members of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition will meet with Senator Angus King to discuss the lack of affordable housing in Maine and across the country, and how Congress might help address it.

MARYLAND

Annapolis

Lead Organization: Homes for America

Contact: Kenyaetta Bush, kenyaetta@homesforamerica.org

Date: Thursday, May 3

Time: 11:00 to 3:00 pm

Location: Timothy House and Gardens

Event Description: Homes for America will work with Community Managers to set up tables with voter registration forms and will provide envelopes and stamps for the forms to be returned to the Board of Elections. Contact Kenyaetta Bush for more information.

Baltimore
Lead Organization: Housing Our Neighbors
Contact: Bonnie Lane, fightinjustice247@gmail.com
Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Event Description: Housing Our Neighbors is hosting a “Housing is a Human Right” spaghetti dinner for the homeless at Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 811 Cathedral Street in Baltimore (entrance on Read Street). Contact Bonnie Lane for more information.

Prince Frederick
Lead Organization: Homes for America
Contact: Kenyaetta Bush, kenyaetta@homesforamerica.org
Date: Wednesday, May 9

Location: Chapline House
Event Description:  Homes for America will work with Community Managers to set up tables with voter registration forms and will provide envelopes and stamps for the forms to be returned to the Board of Elections. Contact Kenyaetta Bush for more information.

Salisbury
Lead Organization: Homes for America
Contact: Kenyaetta Bush, kenyaetta@homesforamerica.org
Date: Friday, May 4 through Tuesday, May 8

Location: Foxfield Community
Event Description:  Homes for America will work with Community Managers to set up tables with voter registration forms and will provide envelopes and stamps for the forms to be returned to the Board of Elections. Contact Kenyaetta Bush for more information.

Sykesville
Lead Organization: Homes for America
Contact: Kenyaetta Bush, kenyaetta@homesforamerica.org
Date: Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8

Location: Village House
Event Description:  Homes for America will work with Community Managers to set up tables with voter registration forms and will provide envelopes and stamps for the forms to be returned to the Board of Elections. Contact Kenyaetta Bush for more information.

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston
Lead Organization: Metro Housing | Boston. Co-Sponsored by: Citizens’ Housing & Planning Association, Homes for Families, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, and New Lease for Homeless Families
Contact: Jeff Landis, Jeffrey.Landis@metrohousingboston.org
Date: Tuesday, May 1
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Metro Housing | Boston, 1411 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02120
Event Description: Housing Matters Forum. Help kick off the start of National Housing Week of Action and join Metro Housing as we welcome Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-5) and others to discuss the future of affordable housing programs. Congresswoman Clark will serve as a guest speaker and introduce the event. Panelists include Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (invited); Clark Ziegler, Executive Director, Massachusetts Housing Partnership; Cynthia Lacasse, Director of Rental Business Development, MassHousing; and Diane Yentel, President & CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition. Rachel Heller, Chief Executive Officer, Citizens’ Housing & Planning Association, will moderate the panel.

More Information and RSVP: http://bit.ly/MetroHousingForum6

Boston
Lead Organization: MassADAPT
Contact: Rhoda Gibson, rhodagibson2@gmail.com
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Federal Building, Front Entrance, 10 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02114
Event Description: Come and support MassADAPT's action at HUD's Boston office to voice the need for accessible, affordable housing for all persons with disabilities! Contact Rhode Gibson for more information.

Boston
Lead Organization: House Democratic Policy & Communications Committee
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 10:00 AM
Event Description: House Democratic Policy & Communications Committee (DPCC) Co-Chair Hakeem Jeffries, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA), and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will unveil a comprehensive proposal in Boston, MA today to address the public housing crisis in America. The proposal, A Better Deal for Public Housing & Ladders of Opportunity for American Families, will focus on Democrats’ commitment to reinvesting in America’s public housing developments and offers solutions that will empower residents while fostering safer neighborhoods and creating economic opportunities.

 

Cambridge
Lead Organization: City of Cambridge
Date: Tuesday, May 1
Location: City Hall Lobby, 795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA, 02139; and City Hall Annex lobby, 344 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
Event Description: "Voices of Affordable Housing" Poster Exhibit. Through photos and testimonials, the exhibit will convey the personal impact that affordable housing has on individuals and families in Cambridge.
More Information: https://bit.ly/2Fp5hd6

 

Cambridge
Lead Organization: City of Cambridge, Cambridge Public Library
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: City Hall Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Event Description: Panel & Book Discussion of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Cambridge librarian Jennifer Costa will lead a book discussion of Evicted, focusing on housing impacts on local, regional, and national levels. A panel of local housing advocates will join the discussion. Refreshments will be served at the event. Copies of the book are available at the Cambridge Public Library's Main Branch. For additional reading related to affordable housing, check out the Library's Recommended Reading List.
More Information: https://bit.ly/2Fp5hd6

 

Cambridge
Lead Organization: City of Cambridge
Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: City Hall Steps, 795 Massachusetts, MA 02139
Event Description: Affordable Housing Rally. Join City Councilors and members of the Cambridge community in support of affordable housing.
More Information: https://bit.ly/2Fp5hd6

 

Cambridge
Lead Organization: City of Cambridge
Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Sennott Park, 305 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139; Rain Location, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
Event Description: Community Celebration. Join us in celebrating the importance of affordable housing in Cambridge. The event will include 3x3 basketball tournaments, family fun activities, refreshments, and cake!
More Information: https://bit.ly/2Fp5hd6

Cambridge
Lead Organization: City of Cambridge
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: City Hall lobby, 795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Event Description: "Voices of Affordable Housing" Exhibit Reception. A brief reception will be held to commemorate the individuals and families who participated in the poster campaign and the impact that affordable housing has on the Cambridge community.

More Information: https://bit.ly/2Fp5hd6

Sudbury
Lead Organization: B’nai B’rith International and B’nai B’rith Housing
Contact: Evan Carmen, ecarmen@bnaibrith.org; and Naomi Levine, naomi@bbhousing.org
Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: The Coolidge at Sudbury Apartments, 189 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776
Event Description: Nairoby Gabriel, Regional Director for Sudbury from the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren will visit The Coolidge at Sudbury Apartments. Nairoby Gabriel will get a tour of the building, and talk with residents and staff members about affordable housing. This building was built with the support of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, HOME Investment Partnership, and Housing Choice Vouchers. Contact Evan Carmen and Naomi Levine for more information.

MICHIGAN

Lansing
Lead Organization: Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness
Contact: Laurel Burchfield, lburchfield@mihomeless.org
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: Banquet Room 5, Lansing Center, 333 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

Event Description: Workshop session on effective federal and state level advocacy as part of the Building Michigan Communities Conference. The conference will also include an information table with Our Homes, Our Voices materials. Attendance at this conference requires paid registration. Contact Laurel Burchfield for more information.

More Information and Registration: http://buildingmicommunities.org/

MINNESOTA

Apple Valley
Lead Organization: Minnesota Housing Partnership, Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH), Coalition for Affordable Transitional Community Housing (CATCH)
Contact: Jean MacFarland, jeanmacfarland@comcast.net
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Events Description: “Sold Out” film screening and community conversation. Produced by Twin Cities PBS, in partnership with local advocates, “Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk” reveals the price we all pay when families are pushed out of our communities by rising rents and apartment upscaling. This 2017 documentary provides first-hand accounts from numerous former residents of the Crossroads in Richfield, sharing the devastating impacts of being pushed from a place that some had resided for decades. Join us for a film screening and panel discussion featuring tenants, advocates and community leaders addressing the critical importance of preserving affordable housing in Dakota County and across the Twin Cities. Contact jean MacFarland for more information.
More Information and RSVP: https://bit.ly/2FDqPD9

Eagan
Lead Organization: Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH), Affordable Housing Coalition, CATCH, Heading Home Dakota
Contact: Jean MacFarland, jeanmacfarland@comcast.net
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 4030 Pilot Knob Rd, Eagan, MN 55122
Event Description: Community members are invited to a program featuring the Twin Cities PBS documentary SOLD OUT: Affordable Housing at Risk. A panel discussion and sharing session will follow the film. The film highlights changes in the metro area’s rental market and the critical nature of preserving unsubsidized affordable homes against the trend to upscale apartments to higher rents.

Saint Paul
Lead Organization: Homes for All
Contact: Carolyn Szczepanski, carolyn.szczepanski@mhponline.org
Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, St Paul, MN 55155
Event Description: Homes for All will host a rally and open mic in the capitol rotunda for residents to share their stories and make our case for urgent investments across the housing continuum, from homelessness prevention to rental housing to homeownership.
More information and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1025190177637420/

MISSOURI

Ferguson
Lead Organization: Empower Missouri
Contact: Nicole McKoy, nicole_mckoy@usc.salvationarmy.org
Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Ferguson Community Empowerment Center, 9420 W Florissant Ave, Ferguson, MO 63136
Event Description: Join us for a TEACH-IN event to learn about affordable housing shortages, causes of homelessness, and the need for federal investment in housing. Attending this teach-in will allow advocates and professionals to educate community members about the lack of affordable housing in your community and how they can take action. Joey Lindstrom, manager for field organizing at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, will present; and Nicole McKoy, divisional social services asset manager at the Salvation Army will facilitate discussion. Contact Nicole McKoy for more information.
More Information and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2033995280188735/

Kansas City
Lead Organization: Empower Missouri
Contact: Sarah Owsley Townsend, sarahot@empowermissouri.org
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 11:30 AM lunch buffet; 12:00 PM program
Location: Buffalo Room at Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill, 817 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111
Event Description: Empower Missouri is hosting a First Friday Forum on Tax Increment Financing (TIF). TIF for Tat: Who Benefits? Tax Increment Financing is a tool the city can use to encourage development in blighted, underdeveloped areas, which may not entice private developers. TIF-backed development can be a catalyst in rebuilding neglected areas in our community. It can also be a catalyst for gentrification and segregation in areas like the Kansas City Power & Light District, pushing out the very citizens TIF was designed to benefit. Who decides how these dollars are spent? How can we use these dollars to invest in positive community-based change? How do we encourage development without displacement? When is enough enough? Join us for this panel discussion with Kansas City Councilwoman Alissia Canady and community member Jan Parks. Dr. Bruce Eddy will moderate and welcome questions from all attendees. Buffet lunch available prior to the panel discussion for $10. 1.5 hours of CEU credits available for participation in this event. Contact Sarah Owsley Townsend for more information.
More Information and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/371159473402396/

St. Peters
Lead Organization: Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County
Contact: Michelle Woods, michelle@habitatstcharles.org
Date: Tuesday, May 1
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County, 2041 Trade Center Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
Event Description: Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County is hosting a Thank-a-Thon at their offices. Participants will enjoy appetizers and write and send postcards to members of Congress to thank them for their support of federal housing programs in the FY'18 omnibus budget. Also as part of the event, Habitat will have a photo booth for people to take pictures for social media with posters supporting affordable housing. Contact Michelle Woods for more information.

St. Louis
Lead Organization: Salvation Army, Midland Division
Contact: Nicole McKoy, Nicole_McKoy@usc.salvationarmy.org
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 1:00 PM

Location: Booth Manor Apartments, 3131 Iowa Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118
Event Description: Salvation Army, Midland Division will host seniors living in affordable homes at the Salvation Army’s Booth Manor Apartments for a letter writing event, highlighting the need for greater investments in affordable housing. State Representative Bruce Franks and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed have been invited to join residents and advocates at this event. Contact Nicole McKoy for more information.

MONTANA

Butte
Lead Organization: Montana Housing Coalition
Contact: Sheila Rice, sheilaricemt@outlook.com
Date: Monday, April 30
Time: 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Cooper One Room, Clarion Inn Copper King Convention Center, 4655 Harrison Ave, Butte, MT 59701
Event Description: Legislative agenda announcement and annual meeting of the Montana Housing Coalition. This event is open to anyone who would like to attend, and not just members of the Montana Housing Coalition. Contact Sheila Rice for more information.

NEW JERSEY

Camden
Lead Organization: Parkside Business & Community in Partnership, Inc.
Contact: Sean Brown, sbrown@hcdnnj.org
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 11:00 AM
Event Description: Parkside Business & Community in Partnership, Inc., a non-profit community development corporation working in the Parkside neighborhood of Camden, will celebrate a grant that will enable them to implement their resident-driven strategic plan for redevelopment of their neighborhood. They will also speak to the federal resources that enabled them to add 90 for-sale rehabbed homes and 149 units of newly constructed senior and multi-family rental housing in the Parkside and Whitman Park neighborhoods of Camden. Contact Sean Brown for more information.

Jersey City
Lead Organization: York Street Project, St. Mary’s Residence

Contact: Sean Brown, sbrown@hcdnnj.org

Date: Tuesday, May 1
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: St. Mary’s Residence, 89 York St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Event Description: Open House at St. Mary’s. St. Mary’s Residence in Jersey City has an unbroken history of housing the economically-poor single women since 1902! Hear from women who have benefitted from an affordable home and see how federal housing funding has helped change people’s lives. Contact Sean Brown for more information.

Morris Township
Lead Organization: Morris County Housing Alliance, Morris County Housing Authority 

Contact: Arnold Cohen, acohen@hcdnnj.org

Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: Morris County Housing Authority, 99 Ketch Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960

Event Description: Housing Advocates in Morris County will be discussing their advocacy strategy to impact the FY’19 HUD budget. Contact Arnold Cohen for more information.

Newark
Lead Organization: City of Newark Homeless Coalition
Contact: cityofnewarkhomelesscoalition@gmail.com
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Newark Public Library, 5 Washington St, Newark, NJ 07101

Event Description: The City of Newark Homeless Coalition will lead a candidate forum on homelessness. The full event runs from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, with at-large candidates speaking from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, and mayoral candidates speaking from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Contact the coalition’s Gmail address above for more information.

Newark
Lead Organization: Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey
Date: Friday, May 4
Location: One Gateway Center, Suite 1100, Newark, New Jersey 07102
Event Description: Closed meeting with Senator’s Menendez’s Chief of Staff on federal policy challenges ahead and how to best address them.

Newark
Lead Organization: La Casa

Contact: info@lacasanwk.org
Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Nico’s Restaurant at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102
Event Description: La Casa will celebrate the milestones and honor the heroes who are moving the needle in making New Jersey’s communities healthier. This event will follow the theme “Health Matters,” exploring the growing awareness about the social determinants of health. It will share La Casa de Don Pedro’s role – and responsibility – as a comprehensive, community development organization to help guide our community on a path to progress by addressing all of the factors – from education, housing, employment, social supports, access to health services, and more -  to enhance people’s quality of life and to allow them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. This is a ticketed event and pre-registration is required. This is a ticketed event and pre-registration is required.

More Information and Ticket Purchase: https://bit.ly/2vpJkeg

New Brunswick
Lead Organization: New Jersey State Bar Foundation and the Community Health Law Project
Contact: Cynthia Pellegrino, cpellegrino@njsbf.org
Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: New Jersey Law Center, One Constitution Square, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Event Description: The annual Law and Disability Conference, co-hosted by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and the Community Health Project, is a half-day program exploring the legal issues faced by New Jersey residents with disabilities, residents living with HIV/AIDS, and resident elders. This year’s program will feature a session on housing policy challenges. This conference is free, but registration is required. Contact Cynthia Pellegrino for more information.

More Information and RSVP: https://bit.ly/2Fdruuw

Toms River
Lead Organization: Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity
Contact: Zach Hynoski, Email publicrelations@nohfh.com
Date: week of May 7
Event Description: Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity will host over 50 volunteers from Lowe's and RWJBarnabas Health to repair two homes in Ocean County. The week kicked off with a Women's Leadership Conference hosted by RWJ which explored the challenges women face in health and homeownership.

NEW MEXICO

Santa Fe
Lead Organization: New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness
Contact: Michael Nitsch, michael-n@nmceh.org
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Village Sage Apartments, 5951 Larson Loop, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Event Description: The New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness will lead a Gathering for Action at the Village Sage Apartments in Santa Fe to showcase an example of mixed income affordable housing that incorporates housing for formerly homeless people in a high quality mixed income apartment community. The gathering will feature a tour of the apartment complex and a discussion of the importance of federal housing programs with Eliza Sultan from the Office of Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (NM-3). Contact Michael Nitsch for more information.

NEW YORK

Brooklyn
Lead Organization: New York Housing Conference, Red Hook Initiative
Contact: Jessica Facciponti, jessica.facciponti@thenyhc.org; Kiyana Slade, kiyana.slade@rhicenter.org
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Red Hook Initiative, 767 Hick St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Event Description: RAISE YOUR VOICE against Trump’s Rent Reforms and to increase HUD funding. This is a special event hosted by Red Hook Initiative and New York Housing Conference, for Public Housing and HUD-Assisted Residents to have the opportunity to tell President Trump and Congress how important HUD funding is and how a rent hike would impact your life. Your voice matters, join us!

New York
Lead Organization: Office of U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez
Contact: Alex Haurek, Alex.Haurek@mail.house.gov
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: New York City Hall, 260 Broadway (at Murray St), New York, NY 10007
Event Description: Rep. Nydia Velázquez (NY-7) will gather elected officials and housing activists to denounce the Trump Administration’s recent proposal to raise rents and impose work requirements on residents who receive federal housing assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At the event, participants will underscore the consequences of Carson’s plan on New York City and discuss strategies for defeating the proposal. Contact Alex Haurek for more information.

New York
Lead Organization: Rutgers Houses Resident Association
Contact: Michael Steele, steelenewy@aol.com
Date: Saturday, May 5

Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Baseball Field at 180 South St, New York, NY 10038
Event Desc ription: Advocates, community leaders, community groups, residents, and elected officials all are invited to attend a rally to lift our voices and protect our homes and communities. Attendees will gather at the baseball field on the side of 180 South Street, in the Two Bridges section of lower Manhattan. The group will then walk one block to a homeless shelter at 70 Catherine Street and rally for 45 minutes to an hour. Posters will be available for attendees. Contact Michael Steele at 917-855-4480 for more information.

New York
Lead Organization: New York Housing Conference, Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA)
Contact: Jessica Facciponti, jessica.facciponti@thenyhc.org
Date: Monday, May 7
Event Description: NYHC HUD Tenant Twitterstorm. CASA HUD-Assisted tenants will have the chance to speak out against Trump’s rent reforms and advocate to increase HUD funding through interviews and photos. Contact Jessica Facciponti for more information.

Rochester
Lead Organization: Rochester ADAPT
Contact: Ericka Jones, ejones@cdrnys.org 
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: 100 State St, Rochester, NY 14614
Event Description: We will pass out leaflets and inform passersby about the need for affordable, accessible, and integrated housing! Our priorities for elected officials include: REJECT proposed cuts to housing benefits like those proposed by HUD Secretary Ben Carson. Reject weakening of accessibility codes. Reject attacks on Fair Housing; INCREASE INVESTMENT in housing programs and codes that support affordable, integrated housing accessible to people with disabilities; PROMOTE housing codes, laws and rules that support accessibility for people with disabilities, including supporting visitability; SUPPORT housing that integrates our community, instead of chopping it up and pushing people away; RECOGNIZE services and supports should be provided (not with housing funds) but not tied to housing; ACKNOWLEDGE PUBLICALLY nursing homes and institutions are not housing and people forced to live in them are homeless.  The same goes for jails and hospitals. Contact Ericka Jones for more information.

Rochester
Lead Organization: PathStone Corporation
Contact: Lucy Cook, lcook@pathstone.org
Date: Wednesday, May 9
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
Event Description: Lunch and community conversation with Dr. Matthew Desmond. Dr. Matthew Desmond, sociologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, will share compelling stories of vulnerable people who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Contact Lucy Cook for more information.

Syracuse
Lead Organization: Greater Syracuse Tenants Network
Contact: Sharon Sherman, Sharon@SyracuseTenant.org
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: HUD-assisted housing locations across Syracuse
Event Description: RAISE YOUR VOICE against Trump’s Rent Reforms and to increase HUD funding. The Greater Syracuse Tenants Network will visit residents of public housing and HUD-assisted housing sites across Syracuse to record and share the stories of people who benefit from access to affordable homes. Tell President Trump and Congress how important HUD funding is and how a rent hike would impact your life. Your voice matters, join us! Contact Sharon Sherman for more information.

NORTH CAROLINA

Albemarle
Lead Organization: United Church Homes and Services
Contact: Joy Cline, jcline@uchas.org
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Matthew’s Place, 411 S 4th Street, Albemarle, NC 28001
Event Description: Call-in day to the offices of elected officials at a senior supportive housing residence managed by United Church Homes and Services. Residents, as well as any community member or local elected official, are invited to join. Contact Joy Cline for more information.

Burlington
Lead Organization: United Church Homes and Services
Contact: Joy Cline, jcline@uchas.org
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: The Willows, 124 Tarpley St, Burlington, NC 27215
Event Description: Call-in day to the offices of elected officials at a senior supportive housing residence managed by United Church Homes and Services. Residents, as well as any community member or local elected official, are invited to join. Contact Joy Cline for more information.

Chapel Hill
Lead Organization: United Church Homes and Services
Contact: Joy Cline, jcline@uchas.org
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Covenant Place, 103 Culbreth Rd, Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
Event Description: Call-in day to the offices of elected officials at a senior supportive housing residence managed by United Church Homes and Services. Residents, as well as any community member or local elected official, are invited to join. Contact Joy Cline for more information.

Durham
Lead Organization: United Church Homes and Services
Contact: Joy Cline, jcline@uchas.org
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: St. Joseph’s Place, 506 Hope Ave, Durham, NC 27707
Event Description: Call-in day to the offices of elected officials at a senior supportive housing residence managed by United Church Homes and Services. Residents, as well as any community member or local elected official, are invited to join. Contact Joy Cline for more information.

New Bern
Lead Organization: United Church Homes and Services
Contact: Joy Cline, jcline@uchas.org
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: NOAH, 3800 Lofland Way, New Bern, NC 28562
Event Description: Call-in day to the offices of elected officials at a senior supportive housing residence managed by United Church Homes and Services. Residents, as well as any community member or local elected official, are invited to join. Contact Joy Cline for more information.

Statesville
Lead Organization: United Church Homes and Services
Contact: Joy Cline, jcline@uchas.org
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Emmanuel’s Place, 600 Wils Way, Statesville, NC 28677
Event Description: Call-in day to the offices of elected officials at a senior supportive housing residence managed by United Church Homes and Services. Residents, as well as any community member or local elected official, are invited to join. Contact Joy Cline for more information.

OHIO

Cincinnati
Lead Organization: Jurisdiction-Wide Resident Advisory Board (J-RAB)
Contact: Delorise Calhoun, delorisecalhoun@gmail.com
Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 2:00 PM
Event Description: Rally for our homes, led by J-RAB residents and community members. Location and more details to follow. Contact Delorise Calhoun for more information.

Eaton
Lead Organization: Home is the Foundation (H.I.T. Foundation), Preble County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Preble County Family and Children First Council, YWCA Dayton—Preble County Office
Contact: Clayton Genth, clayton.genth@gmail.com
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Residences at Eagles Point Auditorium, 307 N Cherry St, Eaton, OH 45320
Event Description: Home is the Foundation (HIT Foundation), along with the Preble County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Preble County Family and Children First Council and the YWCA Dayton – Preble County Office, is hosting a panel discussion on affordable housing in Preble County, OH. Government officials from Federal, State and local levels are invited to participate in the discussion, as well as local advocates and consumers. The panel discussion will be followed by a tour of the Eagle’s Point Development, a local affordable housing project which also includes a nonprofit Bistro, theater, and gymnasium.

OREGON

Portland

Lead Organization: Welcome Home Coalition

Contact: Jill Winsor, jwinsor@neighborhoodpartnerships.org

Date: Monday, May 7

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Location: Unite Oregon, 700 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

Event Description: Housing Day of Action. As our region continues to struggle with the housing crisis, one thing is clear - we need more affordable homes. We need to increase our housing stock, make sure it stays affordable, and house people on the streets and those who are most impacted by rising rents and evictions. We work better together than we do alone and the more advocates we have to shape decisions that are made around funding, the better. Let’s make clear what we mean when we say, “affordable housing,” and what it will take to house those who are the least well-served. Grab a “House the People” t-shirt and button and learn about upcoming opportunities to engage decision-makers.

More Information and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1499657266810619/

Statewide
Lead Organization: Oregon Housing Alliance
Contact: Jill Winsor, jwinsor@neighborhoodpartnerships.org
Date: Thursday, May 3
Event Description: Call-in day to state legislators
More Information: https://www.oregonhousingalliance.org/get-ready-for-the-national-housing-week-of-action/

Statewide
Lead Organization: Oregon Housing Alliance
Contact: Jill Winsor, jwinsor@neighborhoodpartnerships.org
Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6
Event Description: Faith Communities Days of Action
More Information: https://www.oregonhousingalliance.org/get-ready-for-the-national-housing-week-of-action/

Statewide
Lead Organization: Oregon Housing Alliance
Contact: Jill Winsor, jwinsor@neighborhoodpartnerships.org
Date: May 5-6
Event Description: Call-in day to federal legislators
More Information: https://www.oregonhousingalliance.org/get-ready-for-the-national-housing-week-of-action/

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia

Lead Organization: Vote for Homes Coalition, Project HOME

Contact: Jennine Miller, jmiller@projecthome.org
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Event Description: An in-person call-in day to our elected officials, hosted at Project HOME, with food provided for those who attend. Contact Jennine Miller for more information.

RHODE ISLAND

Providence
Lead Organization: Housing Works Rhode Island
Contact: Brenda Clement, bclement@rwu.edu
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 267-269 Webster Ave, Providence, RI 02909
Event Description: The housing community in Rhode Island recognizes U.S. Senator Jack Reed for his innovative leadership in creation of the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF). Representatives of Crossroads RI and Pawtucket Housing Authority will speak as recipients of Rhode Island’s first allocation of HTF funding. Contact Brenda Clement for more information. 

 

Providence
Lead Organization: Housing Network of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Association of Community Action Agencies
Contact: Melina Lodge, mlodge@housingnetworkri.org
Date: Wednesday, May 9
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Rhode Island State House, 2nd Floor, 82 Smith St, Providence, RI 02903
Event Description: Power of Community Advocacy Day at the Rhode Island State House. Help keep your state legislators aware of how state investments in housing and services power our communities. Contact Melina Lodge for more information.
 

TENNESSEE

Clarksville
Lead Organization: Lincoln Homes Resident Council
Contact: Martha Weatherspoon, martha.weatherspoon@gmail.com
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Playground at 61A Vanleer St, Clarksville, TN 37040
Event Description: A playground conversation about our homes and our voices. Contact Martha Weatherspoon for more information.


Memphis
Lead Organization: H.O.P.E. (Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality)
Contact: Tamara Hendrix, tamara@midsouthpeace.org
Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 2:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Morris Park, 747 Poplar Ave, Memphis TN 38105
Event Description: Tent City Event focusing on affordable housing and solidarity with those experiencing homelessness. Contact Ms. Tamara Hendrix to get involved.

Nashville
Lead Organization: Parthenon Towers Resident Council
Contact: Mary Bradley, maryb897@gmail.com
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Parthenon Towers, 301 28th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203
Event Description: “Know Your Rights” training and NLIHC recruitment event with snacks. Contact Mary Bradley for more information.

TEXAS

Austin
Lead Organization: Texas Housers
Contact: Christina Rosales, christina@texashousing.org
Date: Sunday, May 6

Event Description: This event is part of a statewide postcard writing effort led by Texas Housers. Event hosts will help participants share their message with members of Congress on the importance of affordable housing and what federal elected officials can do to address this issue. Contact Christina Rosales for more information.

Austin
Lead Organization: ADAPT of Texas

Contact: Cathy Cranston, flacacata@aol.com

Date: Tuesday, May 8

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development, 1000 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

Event Description: Advocates with ADAPT of Texas will rally first at Austin’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development, then march to Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, then on to the Austin federal building. ADAPT has spent over a quarter century fighting for accessible, affordable, integrated. We feel we are slipping backward at the national, state and local levels and we want to see our community ramp up to support this critical issue once again. Contact Cathy Cranston for more information.

More Information and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2021852021469370/

Ft. Worth
Lead Organization: Texas Housers
Contact: Christina Rosales, christina@texashousing.org
Date: Tuesday, May 1

Event Description: This event is part of a statewide postcard writing effort led by Texas Housers. Event hosts will help participants share their message with members of Congress on the importance of affordable housing and what federal elected officials can do to address this issue. Contact Christina Rosales for more information.

Houston
Lead Organization: Texas Housers
Contact: Zoe Middleton, zoe@texashousing.org
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Event Description: This event is part of a statewide postcard writing effort led by Texas Housers. Event hosts will help participants share their message with members of Congress on the importance of affordable housing and what federal elected officials can do to address this issue. Contact Zoe Middleton for more information.

San Juan
Lead Organization: Texas Housers
Contact: Josue Ramirez, josue@texashousing.org
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 1601 U.S. 83 Business, San Juan, TX 78589

Event Description: This event is part of a statewide postcard writing effort led by Texas Housers. Event hosts will help participants share their message with members of Congress on the importance of affordable housing and what federal elected officials can do to address this issue. Contact Josue Ramirez for more information.

UTAH

Salt Lake City
Lead Organization: Utah Housing Coalition
Contact: June Hiatt, jhiatt@utahhousing.org
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Makris White Real Estate, 2995 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Event Description: Members of the Utah Housing Coalition will meet to discuss affordable housing barriers in Utah and explore alternatives to conventional housing construction concepts, such as tiny homes and retrofitted shipping containers. Jeff White, co-owner of Makris White Real Estate, will unveil prototype designs of homes built, in part, by reusing shipping containers. Contact June Hiatt for more information.

VERMONT

Montpelier
Lead Organization: Downstreet Housing & Community Development, Housing Vermont
Contact: Eileen Peltier, epeltier@downstreet.org

Date: Tuesday, May 1
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Montpelier City Hall, 39 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602
Event Description: Senator Patrick Leahy; Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL); all members of the Vermont State House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs; and other honored guests will gather to kick off the French Block project in downtown Montpelier. State elected officials in attendance will include State Representatives Helen Head, Committee Chair; Thomas Stevens, Vice Chair; Diane Gonzalez, Ranking Member; Kevin Christie; Rachael Fields; Mary Howard; Edward Read; Heidi Sheuermann; Brian Smith; Vicki Strong; and Tommy Walz. This joint effort between Housing Vermont and Downstreet Housing & Community Development will rehab the two floors above Aubuchon's hardware store on Main Street in Montpelier to create 18 affordable apartments. Please join us to celebrate this important and long-awaited project! Contact Eileen Peltier for more information.
More Information and RSVP: https://bit.ly/2HlYOWi

VIRGINIA

 

Alexandria
Lead Organization: Community Lodgings
Contact: Sarah Foote, sarah.a.foote@gmail.com
Date: May 1 – May 8
Event Description: Community Lodgings will participate in a social media campaign.​

 

Alexandria
Lead Organization: South County Task Force in Fairfax County
Contact: Mary Paden, mary.paden@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: Afternoon
Event Description: The South County Task Force in Fairfax County Virginia will send a video to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors plus about 20 letters from individuals about why they should make affordable housing a priority. Dozens of residents participated in the video. See the video at https://youtu.be/7PAEHYsd7B0. A New Housing Strategy is being presented to a board committee today and many of us will attend the meeting.

Richmond
Lead Organization: Virginia Supportive Housing, the Virginia Housing Alliance, the Campaign for Housing and Civic Engagement (CHACE), the National Housing Trust, Housing Virginia, and the Virginia Multifamily Energy Efficiency Coalition
Contact: Quincy Dodge, qdodge@vahousingalliance.org
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: The New Clay House, 1125 W Clay St, Richmond, VA 23220

Event Description: State and local elected officials have been invited to tour the construction site of the New Clay House, a permanent supportive housing site in downtown Richmond that is owned and operated by Virginia Supportive Housing. The New Clay House is Virginia Supportive Housing’s oldest project and is currently undergoing major renovations. The Clay House was built in 1992 and has provided permanent supportive housing to 47 formerly homeless individuals. On-site support services are offered to residents to assist in stabilizing and reclaiming their lives. Renovations at the New Clay House are made possible by funding from the national Housing Trust Fund, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, the Historic Tax Credit, and the Community Development Block Grant, in additional to statewide housing resources. Contact Quincy Dodge for more information.

Richmond
Lead Organization: RePHRAME
Contact: Cora Hayes and Dora Callahan, hayescora1245@gmail.com
Date: Wednesday, May 8
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Hillside Court Community Center, 1400 Harwood St, Richmond, VA 23224

Event Description: Know Your Rights Eviction Workshop Contact Cora Hayes to get involved.

Statewide
Lead Organization: Virginia Housing Alliance
Contact: Amanda Browder, abrowder@vahousingalliance.org
Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Online
Event Description: The Virginia Housing Alliance (VHA), in partnership with the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), will host a two-part training series on organizing and/or participating in Get Out The Vote (GOTV) drives within low-income housing communities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The first half of the training will be a one-hour webinar where participants will be able to learn how to connect with non-partisan organizations to engage in GOTV efforts without endangering 501(c)3 non-profit status. This webinar will serve as a GOTV 101 for all housing and homeless service providers who would like to get their residents and clients registered and actively voting. The webinar will be followed up with a more in-depth panel discussion on June 14th, 2018 from 9:30am - 11:30am at the Westin Richmond as the Pre-Luncheon Forum at Virginia Housing Alliance's Annual Awards Luncheon.
More Information and RSVP: https://bit.ly/2INu9gH


WASHINGTON

Bellingham
Lead Organization: Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
Contact: Paul Moore, paul@98225.org
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: United State District Court, Bellingham Municipal Court Building, 2014 C St, Bellingham, WA 98225
Event Description: Resident Action Project (RAP) leaders will register voters in front of the federal courthouse building in downtown Bellingham. Contact Paul Moore for more information.

 

Centralia
Lead Organization: Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
Contact: Lisa Striedinger, striedingerlisa@gmail.com
Date: Friday, May 4

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: The Gathering, 408 W Main St, Centralia, WA 98531
Event Description: Resident Action Project (RAP) leaders will host a voter registration drive. Contact Lisa Striedinger for more information.

Centralia
Lead Organization: Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
Contact: Lisa Striedinger, striedingerlisa@gmail.com
Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Rotary Riverside Park, Lowe St north of Harrison Ave, Centralia, WA 98531
Event Description: Resident Action Project (RAP) leaders will host a fair, organized by friends in the community without a home, including games for children, karaoke, face painting, and balloon animals. This event is free and open to all. Contact Lisa Striedinger for more information. 

 

Des Moines (South King County)
Lead Organization: Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
Contact: Mr. B, bretrandharrell@live.com
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Highline College, Building 2, 2400 S 240th St (South 240th St & Pacific Highway South), Des Moines, WA 98198
Event Description: Resident Action Project (RAP) leaders will facilitate a community speak-out for housing justice. Contact Mr. B for more information. 

 

Lynnwood (Snohomish County)
Lead Organization: Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
Contact: Mindy Woods, melindawoods19@hotmail.com
Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 PM
Location: Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036
Event Description: Resident Action Project (RAP) leaders will register voters, host postcard and letter writing to lawmakers, and share photos on social media of people experiencing housing instability in Snohomish County. Contact Mindy Woods for more information.


Seattle
Lead Organization: Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
Contact: Teresa Clark, teresac@wliha.org
Date: Monday, April 30
Time: 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Location: Impact Hub, 220 2nd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98104
Event Description: Hear from powerful women leaders who are tackling housing affordability and homelessness at the local, state, and federal level. Get inspired by the housing champions who are fighting – and winning – to create communities where everyone has access to a safe, healthy, affordable home. Find out what's next and how you can be a part of the movement for housing justice! Confirmed speakers: Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, State Representative Nicole Macri, State Senator Rebecca Saldana, and Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda. Contact Teresa Clark for more information.
More Information and RSVP: https://bit.ly/2EABv4K

Spokane
Lead Organization: Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, Socks for the Homeless
Contact: Amanda Duggar, sfthspokane@gmail.com
Date: Sunday, May 6
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: University Mercantile, 1514 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99202
Event Description: Resident Action Project (RAP) leaders and Socks for the Homeless will sign postcards and write letters to members of Congress urging them to address housing and homelessness issues. Contact Amanda Duggar for more information.

 

Statewide
Lead Organization: Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, Center for Community Change
Contact: Nick Wood, nickw@wliha.org
Date: Tuesday, May 1
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Online
Event Description: Katy Heins of the Center for Community Change will be leading will lead an online Resident Action Project (RAP) workshop called, “Why RAP?” Contact Nick Wood for more information.
More Information and RSVP: https://bit.ly/2w4rwFO

 

Statewide
Lead Organization: Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, Center for Community Change
Contact: Nick Wood, nickw@wliha.org
Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Conference Call; dial 866-792-9154 and use passcode 741-789-6549#
Event Description: Michael Anderson of the Center for Community change will offer a messaging training via conference call for Resident Action Project (RAP) leaders and advocates. Contact Nick Wood for more information.

In addition to these events, advocates are participating in the week of action through activities such as press releases, op-ed pieces, and closed meetings with members of Congress. Email ourhomes@nlihc.org with any questions or to get involved.​​

Our Homes, Our Voices | National Housing Week of Action

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1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC  20005

202-662-1530 | ourhomes@nlihc.org

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