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New & Hopeful Approaches in Housing and Homelessness

On May 16, 2019, the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness brought together a wide array of community members to explore the question of how to solve homelessness and housing insecurity through innovative approaches such as universal basic incomes, tiny homes, accessory dwelling units, and funding affordable housing with empty-home taxes.

Trauma-Informed Design 

Chad Holtzinger | President, Shopworks Architecture

Universal Basic Incomes 

Sam Manning | Research Manager, Y Combinator Research

Empty Homes Tax 

Melanie Kerr | Director of Financial Services, City of Vancouver

Accessory Dwelling Units

Steve Kinney | Broker Associate, RE/MAX Professionals

Yes In My Backyard (YIMBYism)

Adam Becker | Owner and Lead Consultant, StorySpring Consulting, LLC

Tiny Homes

Cole Chandler | Co-Director, Colorado Village Collaborative

Creative Coalitions 

Sara Rankin | Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law; Founder & Director, Homeless Rights Advocacy Project; Co-Founder, Third Door Coalition

Hospitals & Housing 

Stephen Brown | Director of Preventive Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System

University Support 

Marissa Meyers | Practitioner-Researcher, The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice

Mobile Laundry and Shower Services

David Henninger | Executive Director, Bayaud Enterprises

Scott Kerr | Director of Employment & Opportunity Center, Bayaud Enterprises

Marcus Ritosa | Program Manager, Denver Day Works, City and County of Denver

“We wanted people with any level of knowledge on the topic to be able to learn something and walk away feeling inspired to do something at whatever level they can. We were encouraged that people said they found the event to be genuinely hopeful.”

Jennifer Wilson, Burnes Center Research Associate
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cardboard houses next to each other

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“Three out of four extremely low-income renters do not have affordable housing. We are not meeting the need, and it’s not even close … So what we need is new and hopeful approaches.”

Daniel Brisson, Burnes Center Executive Director