Advocacy Task Force Session 2

Thursday, April 11, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
This webinar will be held via Zoom.
Category: Advocacy Event

This webinar is the second of the 2024 Advocacy Task Force sessions. However, anyone is welcome to join at any time. 

For this session, we will hear from Simone Talma Flowers, Chair of the Austin Housing Repair Coalition and Letitia Brown, City of Austin Division Manager on the origins and journey of the Austin Housing Repair Coalition including coordinating a successful partnership with local government that has resulted in increased and sustained support for home repair programs.

Session 2 Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Presentation: Austin Housing Repair Coalition
  • Coalition for Home Repair
    • Advocacy Pamphlet
    • Website Updates
  • S. 3871 Whole-Home Repairs Act
  • Recruiting homeowners, storytelling project
  • Open sharing/announcements

The Advocacy Task Force will meet on a regular, bi-monthly basis (12 sessions over 24 months). This group will collaborate, strategize, and exchange ideas and information as it relates to developing and advancing the coalition's advocacy platform goals. Moreover, these sessions will include opportunities to hear from and learn from others engaged in housing preservation efforts.

Mark your calendars! The Advocacy Task Force will continue meet on the following days and times:

  • Thursday, June 20 at 11am eastern time/8 am pacific time
  • Thursday, August 15 at 11am eastern time/8 am pacific time
  • Thursday, October 10 at 11am eastern time/8 am pacific time
  • Thursday, December 12 at 11am eastern time/8 am pacific time

Why is home repair important for preserving affordable housing?

Many people consider affordable housing in the form of vouchers, rental assistance, tax credits, or newly constructed homes with low-interest loans. Yet, we seek to demonstrate through evidence-based practices that home repair/rehabilitation are integral solutions to the housing crises for low and moderate-income households. Home repair and modification programs can:

  • proactively reduce homelessness
  • protect generational assets
  • stabilize neighborhoods and communities at large
  • prevent illness and injury

We must invest sufficient resources into keeping affordable homes in conditions that are livable, safe, and healthy.

For More Information:

Emma Carrasco

Emma Carrasco

Advocacy and Research Coordinator, Coalition for Home Repair