2018 Housing Is Summit


The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) is hosting The Housing Is Summit in Washington, D.C., on May 3-4, 2018 to convene partners across the housing, education, and healthcare sectors and explore innovative cross-sector ways to improve life outcomes for low-income people.

 The 2018 Housing Is Summit is a unique opportunity to connect with other leaders across systems and silos – housing, education, healthcare – to forge new partnerships, explore innovative ideas, and develop solutions to improve life outcomes. Highlighting the ways that we can transform systems to better serve low-income people, the Summit will contain two days of plenary speakers/panels, breakout sessions, and caucus discussions geared toward intersectional thinking and ways to take action. This event will be most useful if you attend with your current or potential partners across sectors to learn and plan together.

You are invited to join practitioners, researchers, and policymakers from the affordable housing, education, and healthcare sectors for this two-day event. Help advance collaborative approaches that increase opportunities for low-income individuals, families, and communities. As we look to grow the Summit with participants from a variety of systems and sectors, we encourage you to share this invitation with policymakers, practitioners, decision-makers, researchers, and advocates who are working to improve life outcomes for low-income individuals and families across disciplines.

For the past three years, CLPHA has hosted the Affordable Housing & Education Summit as part of the organization’s Housing Is Initiative, which fosters partnership and alignment across system and silos. We chose to change the name of the Summit to better reflect our growing initiative and add the inclusion of programming, speakers, and attendees from the health sector. This remains the annual convening to gather with the community of practice to discuss and enact solutions.  We have seen tremendous growth and expansion in recent years in large part because of those who “come to the table” at these annual summits and remain engaged in the Housing Is community of practice throughout the year.

As policymakers and industry leaders consider significant shifts in how housing, education, and health systems serve low-income people, it is critical that innovators in these sectors work collaboratively to develop, implement, and advocate policies and practices that improve life outcomes.

Ready to collaborate with other cross-sector leaders and share your expertise?


Parts of the Housing Is Summit will be webcast live! Click here for links and a schedule of webcasted speeches, plenaries, and breakout sessions.


Summit Info:


Center for Strategic & International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20036 (view map & directions)


Thursday, May 3 & Friday, May 4, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days

Reception to follow Summit program on Thursday, May 3.


View the agenda!

The Summit will contain two days of plenary speakers/panels, breakout sessions, and caucus discussions geared toward intersectional thinking and ways to take action. Sample sessions include:

- Anchor Institutions as Cross-Sector Community Drivers

- Housing, Education, and Healthcare System “101” Sessions for Other Sectors

- Data as Fuel for Cross-Sector Collaboration

- Health Sector Investments in Housing

- Aligning Systems to Alleviate Homelessness and its Effects

- Early Childhood Innovations

- Different Models for Funding Education Efforts

- Making the Business Case for Housing

- And more!


View bios for all speakers and panelists here.

Cancellation Email Kirsten Greenwell at kmackay@clpha.org if you need to cancel your Summit registration.




The Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (view map & directions)


Rates & Rooms

$289 (plus taxes) per night for single/double occupancy
Check-in at 3:00 p.m., check-out at noon

A limited number of rooms are available at the discount rate for the nights of  May 2-3, so early booking is recommended.


Reservations can be made by emailing reservations@beaconhotelwdc.com and mentioning the CLPHA room block or by calling the hotel directly and at (202) 296-2100 between normal business hours.