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The Get Housing RIght Conference

A free, two-day event presented by the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies with support from Homes RI

The Get Housing RIght conference will explore initiatives to improve Rhode Island’s affordable housing options. A free combined online and in-person event, the conference invites experts in affordable housing, local zoning, community development, finance, reentry, supportive housing, and local government to plot pathways towards expanded affordable housing through policies, best practices, and grassroots efforts. The conference will identify immediate, short-term, and long-term strategies from around the country and apply them to the Rhode Island context.

Day One

Thursday, May 12
Day one features panelists from across the country, offering best practice reflections and bold ideas suited to our Rhode Island context.

10 – 11 am
Opening Plenary featuring Diane Yentel, President and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition

11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Session 1-A : Transformative Affordable Housing Policies
Session 1-B: The Right to Housing

1:30 – 2:45 pm
Session 2-A : New Models for Community Wealth Building
Session 2-B: Zoning for Housing Access

3:30 – 5 pm
Closing Plenary, Creating Community Buy-In for Expanded Affordable Housing

Register for Day One

Day Two

Friday, May 13
Day two focuses exclusively on Rhode Island’s cities, towns, and their respective affordable housing horizons. 

9 – 9:30 am
Legislative Update with United States Senator Jack Reed

9:30 – 10 am
2021 Fact Book Presentation with Brenda Clement, Executive Director, HousingWorks RI

10 – 11 am
State of RI Legislative Update with:
RI State Senator Meghan Kallman
RI State Representative June Speakman
RI State Representative David Morales

11:30 am – 1 pm
The state of RI’s Public Housing
Presented by URI faculty and graduate researchers

2 – 3:15 pm
Grassroots Movements for Affordable Housing Access

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Getting Housing Built

4:30 – 5 pm
Closing Plenary featuring Dr. Silas Pinto, City of Providence Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

The conference concludes with a community meal at AS220.

Register for Day Two

State and local housing policy directly influences whether a humble budget can afford a healthy home. The Get Housing RIght conference will ask big questions: Do our policies recognize housing as a human right? What ideas from outside RI could inspire effective local action to drive up supply and drive down cost?
Jennifer Dalton Vincent, URI Masters in Public Administration, Class of 2022 and conference organizer

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