By 2030, we want to ensure that everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and meets their needs.
The National Housing Conference is a call to rethink housing to make sure no one is left behind.
Plan to join us May 12-13, 2020 at the Westin Ottawa to share in our aspiration, connect with new and existing partners from diverse sectors and with diverse experience who are shaping the future of housing in communities across Canada and the world.
Pulitzer Prize Winner • Bestselling Author • Urban Ethnographer
MacArthur Genius Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize winning and New York Times bestselling book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City takes readers into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Drawing on the urban reportage and original statistical data gathered for the book, Dr. Desmond will present insights into the fundamental role housing plays in deepening inequality in America, and affirm the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.
Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. His teaching and research focus primarily on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality, and ethnography.
In 2018, Desmond’s Eviction Lab at Princeton University published the first-ever dataset of millions of evictions in America, going back to 2000.
A forum for discussion and exploration of novel ideas, the 2020 National Housing Conference will challenge participants to open their minds to new thinking and broaden their perspectives of housing by sharing and generating insight on key themes including:
- Risks and drivers of the status quo
- The impact of new partners in housing
- Profitability and affordability of housing
- Spurring housing innovation
- Intersections of housing with other goals
What’s more, inspired by the trend that has seen urban spaces throughout the world transformed by collaboration and experimentation, the conference will house its own Innovation District. Designed to facilitate connection by offering participants and speakers alike with meeting and discussion space, as well as a venue to showcase new approaches to housing, attendees will be invited to experience the Innovation District throughout the conference.
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