Public Conversation: Affordable Housing at the Crossroads

| Irvine Auditorium, Cafe 58

Federal public housing policy during the 1950s and 1960s is widely regarded as an historic policy failure.  In its wake, according to David Erickson’s The Housing Policy Revolution, the production of affordable housing moved from a government-centered, top-down system to one based on a complex network of public and private, national and local players. 

This conference seeks to illuminate the way affordable housing is produced in metropolitan Philadelphia in comparison with other parts of the United States and to assess the effectiveness of the housing “revolution” in historical perspective. It will then focus on efforts to link the construction, maintenance, distribution, and marketing of affordable housing to pursuing broader community development goals.  A distinguished panel will assess the lessons learned from Hope VI and its successor policies and continuities and discontinuities in federal policy before and after 1980.  

Introduction  2:00-2:15

Session 1. 2:15-3:45  The Transformation of Affordable Housing Policy:  Book Discussion

Featured Speaker:
David Erickson
, Manager, Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Author of Housing Policy Revolution

Michael Katz, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History and a Research Associate in the Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania

Susan Wachter
,  Richard B. Worley Professor of Financial Management; Professor of Real Estate Finance and City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

John Landis, Crossways Professor and Chair of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

Session 2
. 4-5:30 Learning from Hope VI

Ira Goldstien, Director of Policy Solutions, The Reinvestment Fund

Susan Popkin, Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Housing and Community Policy Center, The Urban Institute

Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Timothy Henkel, Senior Vice President, Pennrose Properties, LLC