Watch LIVE as leading experts gather in Detroit at a pivotal moment in the country’s housing crisis. Housing America’s Families Forum will be online tomorrow — Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here to follow the conversation.
The lack of affordable housing looms as a growing problem for American families, and sounding the alarm is the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation, which is organizing the Housing America’s Families Forum this Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Marriott Detroit, saying that “The need for a new, more effective national housing policy has never been more urgent.”
The Forum brings together some of the nation’s leading experts and practitioners to examine critical housing issues. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros; and Rip Rapson, Kresge Foundation president and CEO.
The event is sold out. But Detroit Public Television, in partnership with the Terwilliger Foundation, will make the proceedings available online at http://www.dptv.org/haf.
There is no shortage of pressing issues to discuss: The rising demand for affordable rental homes, the future of the nation’s housing finance system and the connection between poor housing and poor health. More than 11 million American households spend in excess of 50 percent of their incomes just on rent. Millions more are economically burdened by their housing costs.
Despite record-low mortgage interest rates, numerous obstacles — student loan debt, regulatory policies, a lack of affordable inventory, and high rents that make it difficult to save for a down payment – are frustrating the homeownership aspirations of countless families. The homeownership rates for young adults and minority families especially have plummeted.
Convened at this pivotal moment, the Housing America’s Families Forum will highlight the importance of dramatic new approaches to meeting the housing needs of American people and seizing the opportunity to help transform a sector of the economy that is so critical to our nation’s future prosperity.
I urge you to turn into this timely national conversation, as we seek ways to keep an affordable roof over the heads of all American families.
For additional information and the agenda, please visit here.