Join us for a day of coalition building and deeper discussion on how to facilitate more affordable housing in the Sacramento region. Hear from expert panelists replicable local success stories, what solutions are on the ballot in 2023, and how to effectively talk about housing as the solution to homelessness.

Lunch Keynote Speaker: Dr. Margot Kushel, Director of the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative

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December 7th, 2023

Main Event:
8:30 am – 4 pm
2030 W El Camino Ave, Sacramento,
CA 95833

Awards Ceremony:
5:30 – 8 pm
Antiquite Midtown, 2114 P Street

Panel 1: A Call for Successful Community Conversations

Moderator: Alicia Sebastian, State Department of Housing and Community Development


  1. Valerie Feldman, Public Interest Law Project
  2. Vanessa Guerra, Director of Rental Housing Development, Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP)
  3. Elvia Vazquez, Community Organizer, Sacramento ACT 

Panel 2: A Call for Involvement – Creating New Resources

Moderator: Cathy Creswell 


  1. Matt Huerta, MattHuerta Consulting
  2. Tamie Dramer, Organize Sacramento  
  3. Anya Lawler, Public Interest Advocates

Keynote Lunch Discussion and Q&A: Dr. Margot Kushel, director of the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, A Call for Dispelling Misperceptions

Moderator: LaShawnda Barker, SHA Board Member

Keynote: Dr. Margot Kushel 

Panel 3: A Call for New Language

Moderator: Nur Kausar, SHA Board Member


  1. Arturo Baiocchi, CSUS professor 
  2. Evan Schmidt, CEO, Valley Vision

Panel 4: Mayoral Candidates Q&A

Moderator: Chris Nichols from CapRadio to moderate 


  1. Dr. Flojaune Cofer
  2. Steve Hansen
  3. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty
  4. Dr. Richard Pan

Agenda and Panel Information

Cathedral and other large buildings

Welcome, introductions, and land acknowledgement 9am-9:20am.

Panel 1: A Call for Successful Community Conversations

9:30-10:45 am

NIMBYism is one of the most dreaded words in affordable housing development and often results from and contributes to community discord. Community opposition has delayed and even derailed new affordable home developments. In this panel we will highlight strategies that nonprofit developers and others have used to overcome opposition and build community trust.

Panel 2: A Call for Involvement – Creating New Resources

11:00 am-12:15 pm

In the coming year there will be several opportunities to support state and local initiatives to increase funding for affordable housing development. In this panel we will hear from proponents about the most important actions being considered and how SHA and its members can help support and lead these initiatives to give us the best likelihood of their success.

Keynote Lunch Discussion and Q&A:

Dr. Margot Kushel, director of the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, A Call for Dispelling Misperceptions 12:30-1:45pm

Dr. Kushel will share the results of a comprehensive study of the causes and consequences of homelessness in California, as well as recommended policy changes for successfully addressing it. This is a perfect opportunity to be inspired by evidence-based practice and scalable solutions based on work informed by people with lived experience.

Panel 3: A Call for New Language


Successful campaigns often depend on our ability to reach neighborhood residents, voters and elected leaders with stories that resonate. People want to hear clear solutions to the complex problems of homelessness and the high cost of housing. In this panel we will learn about successful messaging campaigns that can help guide us in persuasively talking about homelessness and housing solutions. We will also consider how to use our new language to shape and inform effective polling and campaigning for our local housing revenue campaign.

Panel 4: Sacramento Mayoral Candidates Q&A


The next mayor of Sacramento will play a pivotal role in advancing solutions on affordable housing and homelessness. We will hear from each of the candidates about their specific policy ideas for addressing homelessness, increasing resources for more affordable housing in our city, inclusionary zoning, and the role of affordable housing in addressing racial equity.

Thank you to our sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Sacramento Progressive Communities, Inc.

Networking Lunch Sponsor

US Bank

Community Champion Sponsors



EAH Housing

Community HousingWorks


Mercy Housing

Mutual Housing California

Mogavero Architects
Sunseri Construction, Inc.


Bullard Inc.
California Coalition for Rural Housing

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento

HOPE Cooperative

Jamboree Housing Corporation

Sutter Health Valley Area

Supervisor Patrick Kennedy
Supervisor Phil Serna
Councilmember Karina Talamantes
Councilmember Katie Valenzuela

Pictured Above: 
2024 Sacramento Mayoral Candidates
Dr. Richard Pan 
Assembly member Kevin McCarty 
Dr. Flojaune Cofer and Steve Hansen