Housing for All Summit


How can we create housing choices for all?

Housing is one of the most basic of all needs and a common denominator we all share. It also impacts nearly every aspect of our communities—from workforce and economic development to health and education.

In the last year, United Way’s 2-1-1 call center took more than 60,000 requests for housing-related needs, and the numbers are rising. Half of the renters and 1 in 3 homeowners in our state spend more than a third of their pay on housing. We need your ideas. Let’s get together and create some new solutions.

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Keynote Speakers

Megan SandelDr. Megan Sandel, Pediatrician at Boston Medical Center & Principal Investigator at Children’s HealthWatch

Everyone in the community benefits when housing is affordable for all. Find out why Dr. Sandel believes that housing is one of the most effective vaccines to end chronic illness and poverty.


Elizabeth FalconElizabeth Falcon, Director of Housing Advocacy, The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (CNHED)

Can working together change the future? As campaign manager of the Housing For All Campaign in Washington D.C., Elizabeth leads a 140-member coalition who are working for a $100 million commitment to affordable housing. Hear what she thinks we can do in Rhode Island.

The program will run from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. The event is free and open to the public, with advance registration.

Community members representing youth, seniors, millennials, homeless, housing cost-burdened and everyone in between are encouraged to attend, with participants from Westerly to Coventry, Cranston to Woonsocket.


8:30 AM Welcome
8:40 Remarks from Governor Gina Raimondo
8:50 Dr. Megan Sandel: “Housing as an effective vaccine”
9:30 Housing For All Summit video
9:45 BREAK
10:00 Creative Community Conversation Phase 1: Issue Mapping
11:20 BREAK
11:30 LUNCH/Elizabeth Falcon: “How to collectively impact housing”
12:30 Creative Community Conversation Phase 2: Strategy Seeking
1:40 PM Announcement of United Way action steps
1:50 Wrap up

* Join us for the largest, and possibly most important design-thinking workshop of the year. Led by DownCity Design, the Community Design Workshop will engage a diverse group of participants in imagining strategies to make housing in Rhode Island more affordable. Facilitators will guide participants through a series of engaging activities that will elicit meaningful, actionable responses to the guiding question, “How might we reduce the cost of housing in Rhode Island?”  Learn more about DownCityDesign.

Join us, because we can do better, Rhode Island.

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