Housing Affordability and Homelessness

Policy Opportunities and Challenges from the Front Lines

Housing costs are an increasingly urgent problem for families across the United States, with 39 million households struggling to afford a home. As rent and home prices continue to outpace incomes, rental markets tighten, and housing development lags behind population growth, more and more people are struggling to pay rent or afford their mortgage, and homelessness continues to rise. While the Trump administration’s agenda threatens to take us backward, cities are taking a variety of approaches to provide residents with affordable homes that are safe, accessible, and supportive, as well as to prevent and end homelessness among all populations. Join us for a discussion with the mayors of San Francisco, Gary, Philadelphia, Oakland and Sacramento on how cities are working to ensure that every resident has a place to call home.

Distinguished panelists:
London N. Breed, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, California
Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of the City of Gary, Indiana
Jim Kenney, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Libby Schaaf, Mayor of the City of Oakland, California
Darrell Steinberg, Mayor of the City of Sacramento, California

Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Center for American Progress


1333 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC, USA

Additional information

A light lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m.

Accessibility: This event will be live-interpreted in ASL, and closed-captioned-enabled video will be posted following the conclusion of the event. If you require ADA-related accommodations for your in-person attendance at this event, please email events@americanprogress.org as soon as possible so that we may assist you.