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Monday, May 8 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Affordable Housing Should Be a National Climate Adaptation Strategy

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Displacement and migration due to climate impacts are now commonplace. Hurricane Ian and other recent major events have laid bare the need for national, holistic policy for relocation that is forced upon communities by climate change. This panel explores the role affordable housing must play in relocation and climate migration as part of the country’s growing response to climate change. Failed comprehensive planning can result in furthering housing disparities, loss of personal assets, homelessness, and speculative real estate development after disaster. Speakers explore these challenges along with solutions that can advance through national and state-level housing policy.

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Emily Goldstein

Director of Organizing & Advocacy, Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development
Emily Goldstein is ANHD's director of organizing and advocacy. She oversees ANHD’s campaigns, working with staff, member organizations, and allies to win impactful policy reforms while building power across the community development movement. Emily is a lifelong New Yorker and has... Read More →
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Spencer Orkus

President of Development, L+M Development Partners
Spencer Orkus is the president of development and partner at L+M Development Partners. He joined the company in 2007 and has developed over 5,000 affordable units within various mixed-use new construction projects compiling over $2.5 billion in financing resources. Spencer leads L+M’s... Read More →
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Matthew Washington

Vice President & Chief of Staff, Phipps Houses
Matthew S. Washington is Vice President & Chief of Staff of Phipps Houses – New York City’s oldest and largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing. He is responsible for overseeing all public affairs, focusing on pursuing opportunities to create more affordable housing... Read More →
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Alex Zablocki

Executive Director, Public Housing Community Fund
Alex Zablocki is a veteran public servant with nearly two decades of experience working with nonprofit organizations and government agencies at all levels. Prior to joining the Public Housing Community Fund, Alex served for five years as executive director of the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Safra Hall (1st Floor)