More than 600 people attended the Arizona Housing Coalition’s (AZHC) two-day annual conference, which featured 12 educational tracks, 69 individual breakout sessions and two nationally-recognized keynote speakers.
Keynote speakers for the 25th Annual Statewide Conference on Ending Homelessness included Richard Rothstein, author of the New York Times Bestseller The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, and Dr. Matthew Whittaker, Found and CEO of Diamond Strategies, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm.
“One of the most beneficial things we can do to make our vision for a healthy, housed Arizona a reality is to better understand how we got to this point,” said Joan Serviss, Executive Director for AZHC. “Mr. Rothstein and Dr. Whittaker did an incredible job breaking down our country’s history of redlining and segregated housing, which in turn allows us to learn from the mistakes of the past so we can build a more inclusive future.”
Attendees had the opportunity to attend educational tracks covering issues such as criminal justice, advocacy, racial justice and innovative solutions to housing, with breakout sessions that took in-depth look at gentrification, media and messaging strategies, barriers of justice and affordable housing in rural Arizona. Presentations from breakout sessions can be found here.
Nine awards were given out at the conference, including the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sharon Shore, Chief Operations Officer for HOM, and the Arthur G. Sloane Five-Star Leader Award to Brad Bridwell, the Director of Community Development for Cloudbreak Communities. A full list of this year’s awards recipients can be found here.The conference is a collaborative effort between community leaders, volunteers and sponsors from all across the state. On behalf of the Staff and Board of Directors, we thank you for your generous sponsorship. A list of sponsors can be found here.