2023 Summit on Housing and Conservation
February 1 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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CM Credits Available for AICP Planners
Land is the Common Denominator
While land conservation and affordable housing are often pitted against one another as an “either/or” proposition, the reality is that Connecticut communities need both. CLCC invites you to a full-day exploration of how housing and conservation groups can work together to achieve greater good. With our program partners, we will showcase successful examples of collaboration, and how such efforts can lead to healthier, more equitable housing, to more land conservation in our communities, and to increased funding for joint projects.
Program at a Glance
Keynote by Steve Rosenberg and Rebecca Crimmins, Co-Facilitators of Hudson Valley Affordable Housing and Conservation Strategy
- With the participation of five affordable housing non-profits and five land conservation organizations, Steve and Rebecca are leading a collaboration-based regional strategy in the Hudson Valley. Together, the ten groups aim to build trust, identify their shared values, map areas with the greatest opportunity for collaboration, and develop policy recommendations. With GIS expertise from the Regional Plan Association, and facilitation by the Consensus Building Institute, this project has the potential to become a launching pad for cross-sector collaboration, de-siloed policies and funding, and more mutual support. We are pleased to welcome Steve and Rebecca to share their story with our Connecticut audience.
- Hear from advocates and policy leaders in both the conservation and housing sectors about current agendas and future policy goals. The panel will also explore opportunities to develop policies that promote both interests and include a shared vision of land use in Connecticut.
- Panel Facilitator: Maryam Elahi, President and CEO, Community Foundation for Eastern Connecticut
- Sean Ghio, Senior Policy Advisor, Partnership for Strong Communities
- Pete Harrison, Director, Desegregate CT
- Amy Paterson, Executive Director, CT Land Conservation Council
- Denise Savageau, President, Connecticut Association of Conservation Districts
The Ins and Outs of Affordable Housing Projects, and Opportunities for Creative Collaboration
- How are affordable housing projects selected? How are they funded? What non-profits are working on affordable housing issues in your community? Who should a land trust contact if they are interested in collaboration? All this and more will be answered in this primer about affordable housing projects, presented by Jim Horan, Executive Director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Connecticut Office.
Lunch Break and Networking Opportunities
- Lunch provided to all attendees.
Researching Conservation and Housing Collaborations
- With the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, David Hindin and Katie Michels have been investigating collaborative ventures between conservation and housing organizations from across the nation: what are different examples of collaboration, why did they originate, and what lessons can they offer for future collaborative efforts. Their presentation will illustrate the different ways these partnerships form, the varying ways collaboration can be manifested, and ideas for sustaining future collaborative efforts grounded in principles of intentional relationship building, justice, and climate resilience.
Panel Discussion About Existing and Emerging Collaboration in Connecticut
- Learn about an existing housing/conservation partnership in Salem, Connecticut, featuring David Bingham of the Salem Land Trust and Joanne Sheehan of the Southeastern Connecticut Community Land Trust. Jocelyn Ayer of Litchfield County Center for Housing Opportunity, will also speak to future opportunities for collaboration between conservation and affordable housing groups. Panel moderated by Judy Anderson of Community Consultants.
Questions, Insights, and Next Steps
- Following the panel discussion, Judy Anderson will lead a small group discussion and facilitate questions/answers with our panelists. Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on the day, share what they learned, and consider the road ahead.
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