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Housing in America: Innovative Solutions to Address the Needs of Tomorrow


Volunteers of America National President Mike King joined former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and other top affordable housing advocates in San Antonio for “Housing in America: Innovative Solutions to Address the Needs of Tomorrow.”

The forum, hosted March 6 by the Jack Kemp Foundation and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission, focused on the most pressing needs facing Americans in the current housing market. New research also was released highlighting key demographic challenges created by the still-unfolding U.S. housing crisis.

King discussed Volunteers of America’s stance on housing needs, particularly as it relates to rental housing and at-risk families, seniors and veterans. He also highlighted the need not to abandon those at the lowest end of the economic strata because of federal budget issues.


In addition to King, others participating included James Kemp, President, The Jack Kemp Foundation; Julian Castro, Mayor, San Antonio; Barry Zigas, BPC Housing Commissioner; Director of Housing Policy, Consumer Federation of America; Ed Brady, BPC Housing Commissioner and President, Brady Homes; Dr. Rolf Pendall, Center Director, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute; Dr. Steve Murdock, Rice University; Jane Hickie, Senior Research Scholar and Director, Stanford Center on Longevity; Saul Ramirez, Jr., CEO, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO); John Henneberger, Co-Director, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service; Lourdes Castro Ramírez, CEO, San Antonio Housing Authority; Walter Moreau, Executive Director, Foundation Communities; Laura Bailey, Managing Vice President, Community Development Finance, Capital One Bank; and Diana McIver, President & CEO, The DMA Companies.


Details about the
research released as part of the forum is available from the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Learn more about
Volunteers of America’s affordable housing.