The GRID Alternatives Multi-Family Commercial Team participated in the Housing California Conference on March 27-28, 2023 at the Town Country Convention Center in San Diego, California. This year’s theme is Housing’s Next Chapter. As we enter the third year of a global pandemic, we have witnessed a historic response from both state and federal leadership and impactful shifts in resources and funding which urge us to think about how to carve a path towards housing justice that is intersectional, equitable, and urgent.
The 2023 workshop focused on the following key areas:
Creating affordable housing sessions: will do a deep dive on housing policy solutions, development practices and financing as well as property management.
Ending homelessness: will share best practices, partnership and policy while highlighting the Housing First approach.
Protecting low income renters: topics will focus on equity-centered policy strategy and solutions to protect people from discrimination and displacement.
Advancing a narrative shift: will center narrative as a power building strategy covering narrative research and skill development.
Building and shifting power topics: will lift up resident engagement, successful collaborations and coalition work.
In addition, the Housing California workshops focused on the Intersection of Health and Housing. The weaknesses and gaps in our social safety nets laid bare how those with the fewest resources suffered disproportionately. The COVID-19 global pandemic underscored how housing is critical to maintaining the health of struggling community members and community health as a whole. The workshops provided an opportunity for learning and dialogue the intersection of housing and health. They shed light on recent state initiatives like CARE Court, highlight innovative housing solutions addressing special-needs populations and opportunities for increased housing access and support services.
At the Housing California Conference, GRID Alternatives was able to join Community Leaders, Developers, Architects from across the state to convene and discuss the path towards achieving housing justice. GRID was able to show case our work securing incentives and installing solar for Multifamily Affordable Housing. Thank you to all who stopped by our booth and entered our raffle for a Patagonia Backpack Giveaway. Congratulations Diana Alvaro on being the lucky winner of this year’s giveaway.