Home Funders’ housing forum, Housing Matters: Securing a Future for our Lowest Income Families, drew a standing-room-only crowd to The Boston Foundation to hear U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Assistant Secretary Mercedes Márquez, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, and a panel of experts explore the role of government and philanthropy in creating and maintaining affordable housing. Home Funders, together with Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), co-sponsored the February 7th event to outline strategies for housing Massachusetts’ most vulnerable families.
Barbara Fields, then the New England Regional Administrator of HUD, introduced Assistant Secretary Márquez, as well as Lt. Governor Murray.
A panel of experts moderated by Xavier de Sousa Briggs, then Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Planning, MIT and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, went on to discuss the long-term benefits of affordable housing and what factors are critical to its production
Dr. Megan Sandel talked about the impact of safe, decent and affordable housing on young children’s health:
Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, thanked Home Funders for its work to date and shared a number of current and proposed state efforts to create and preserve more affordable housing.
Lisa Alberghini, President of the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, gave an overview of two Home Funders projects and what it took to bring them to completion.
View more pictures from the event. All photos by Richard Howard Photography.