April First Friday with the School of Public Affairs

| 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Cost/fee: Free

Affordable Family Housing

Friday, April 1, 2022
12PM - 1PM, MST  (doors open at 11:30 AM)
Terrace Room, Lawrence Street Center, 1380 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80204

Although many years in the making, recent accelerations in housing prices have pushed Colorado to a crisis point in terms of a widespread lack of affordable housing.

As the General Assembly’s Affordable Housing Transformational Task Force noted in January 2022:  “Though it has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing crisis our state faces is not new. For decades, the lack of affordable housing has upended the lives of thousands who face homelessness in the Metro area and across the state, shuttered Colorado businesses and hindered working-class jobs due to a lack of workforce housing, and exacerbated inequities for communities of color.”

In this panel, we will explore perspectives and proposed solutions from scholars, industry representatives, elected officials, and K-12 educators.

This webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend in-person or virtually. Lunch will be available for in-person attendees.


Jennifer Balkcom
Director of Housing Development
Department of Housing Stability (HOST)

Jessica Dominguez
Educator and Affordable Housing Advocate
Denver Public Schools

Julie Gonzales
Senate District 34
Vice Chair
General Assembly Affordable Housing Transformation Task Force

Jennifer Steffel Johnson, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
College of Architecture & Planning
University of Colorado Denver

Carrie Makarewicz, PhD
Associate Professor
College of Architecture & Planning
University of Colorado Denver


Rodney M. Milton, Jr.

Executive Director
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado

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