Housing Coalition of NSV to Hold Virtual Housing Summit

Housing Coalition of NSV to Hold Virtual Housing Summit

(March 19, 2021) – The Housing Coalition of the Northern Shenandoah Valley is hosting its annual Housing Summit - a free event, designed to bring together a diverse group of people to discuss the evolution of housing throughout the region. The theme for the 2021 Summit will be “Advancing Equality, Policy, and Housing Solutions - How 2020 Changed the Housing Conversation”

The event will include presentations, virtual panels and interactive feedback sessions from regional leaders. The 2021 Housing Summit will feature the housing industry's best and brightest minds, all at one event, delivering the knowledge, tools, programs and connections necessary for leaders to shape their future success and the future of our community.

The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Zoom on March 26th, 2021, with registration mandatory at http://bit.ly/2021housingsummit.

The keynote speaker for the 2021 Housing Summit is Heather Mullins Crislip, President and CEO Housing Opportunities of Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. Heather Mullins Crislip holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Mary Washington and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law. While living in New Haven, Connecticut, she directed the region’s welfare to work one-stop center and served as Assistant to the Mayor for Policy Analysis where she worked on workforce development and homeownership issues. In New Haven, she also oversaw a large investigation to assess the region’s compliance with the Fair Housing Act, conducting analyses of impediments and making recommendations to improve the education, outreach, and enforcement of fair housing laws. After moving to Honolulu, Hawai’i, Heather served as the Chief of Staff to a Hawai’i state senator and the Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the Chancellor of the University of Hawai’i, where she oversaw all external relations and advocated for the University’s legislative agenda in the state legislature. Returning to Virginia in 2009, Heather oversaw the bipartisan policy projects for the Miller Center at the University of Virginia for former Governor Gerald Baliles. She also served as the Staff Director of the Goode National Transportation Policy Project, and did significant work on Higher Education, among other areas. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for Housing Virginia and as Rector at the University of Mary Washington. She has been admitted by examination to the State Bars of Connecticut, Hawai’i, and Virginia.

Other topics include new eviction laws and rental assistance programs, overcoming NIMBY, and real-world conversations of people who have experienced homelessness.

To see the full agenda of speakers, topics, and breakout sessions, please visit https://www.housingnsv.org/event-details/

“We are thrilled to have put together such a high caliber program of speakers and supporters for this event. We look forward to starting community conversations and using partnerships to create change. What better way to learn about the issues in our community than by bringing decision makers and national experts together in one room to create change. I hope we can bring people from all perspectives together to see what we can do to help our community thrive.” Said Nadine Bullock-Pottinga, CEO, United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley.

There is no cost to attend the Housing Summit. Online registration is open until March 26th. Interested participants can learn more or register online at https://www.housingnsv.org/event-details/