EVENT ADVISORY: Mayors of San Francisco, Oakland, Philadelphia, Gary, and Sacramento Discuss Innovations in Affordable Housing and Fighting Homelessness

Washington, D.C. — 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.

At the same time, the Trump administration has exacerbated the housing crisis by rolling back fair housing protections and failing to invest in affordable housing at the levels it is desperately needed.

In this context, cities have become innovation labs for confronting the housing crisis and addressing homelessness. On Thursday, January 24, 2019, the Center for American Progress will host a group of five mayors representing a variety of cities throughout the United States to discuss how they are working to make housing affordable and combat homelessness.

Members of the press can RSVP by following this link.

Not in D.C.? Bookmark this link to watch the live webcast.


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

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


Thursday, January 24, 2019

12:00 p.m. ET – 1:30 p.m. ET


Center for American Progress

1333 H Street NW, 10th floor

Washington, D.C. 20005

Related Resources:

Report: “Homes for All” by Michela Zonta Column: “Home is Where the Health Is” by Rejane Frederick

Issue Brief: “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness” by Shabab Ahmed Mizra and Kellan Baker

Issue Brief: “Advancing LGBTO Equality Through Local Executive Action” by Laura E. Durso, Caitlin Rooney, Sharita Gruberg, Sejal Singh, Shabab Ahmed Mirza, Frank J. Bewkes, Aaron Ridings, and Daniel Clark

Column: “Lack of Housing and Mental Health Disabilities Exacerbate Each Other” by Heidi Schultheis

Column: “The Latest HUD Proposal Would Exacerbate the Housing Insecurity Crisis” by  Heidi Schultheis, Michela Zonta, and Rejane Frederick

Report: “Systematic Inequality” by Angela Hanks, Danyelle Solomon and Christian E. Weller

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Julia Cusick at or 202.495.8632.