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Housing Affordability & Legislative Update

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Venue: Virtual     Get Directions
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Join us for a lively three-panel discussion covering the current state of housing in the Puget Sound region, reviewing what happened in the 2022 state legislative session, and exploring creative solutions to address the housing shortage going forward. Panelists will include representatives from the real estate industry, policymakers, residential homebuilders, the business community, and affordable housing advocates.

Panel 1: Defining the Problem—A Look at the Current Housing Situation

9–9:55 a.m.
A discussion of the current state of the real estate market, the challenges builders face providing enough homes that are affordable to more community members, and the impact of our housing shortage on the business community as well as current and future residents.

Panelists include:

James Young, Director, Washington Center for Real Estate Research
Clay White, Director of Planning at LDC, Inc.
Samantha St. John, Chief Executive Officer at Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce 
Chad Vaculin, Advocacy and Mobilization Manager at Housing Development Consortium

Panel 2: Working Towards a Solution—Housing in the 2022 Legislative Session

10–10:55 a.m.
A discussion of legislation that was passed at the state level during the 2022 legislative session and how it attempts to address housing issues, followed by a look at legislation that failed to pass, the obstacles to consensus, and where we go from here.

Panelists include: 

Senator Patty Kuderer (48th Legislative District), chair of the Senate Housing & Local Government Committee
Representative Jessica Bateman (22nd Legislative District), member of Housing, Human Services, and Veterans Committee
Mike Connolly of Windermere on behalf of the East King County Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition
Allison Butcher, Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties
Ryan Donohue, Habitat for Humanity Seattle – King & Kittitas Counties

Panel 3: Challenges and Opportunities Going Forward

11–11:55 a.m.
A discussion of creative solutions outside state government. What are some local jurisdictions, private organizations, and builders doing to address our region’s lack of housing? Are there opportunities for public/private partnerships? Can technology be part of the solution? How can we educate the public on the work ahead and what’s needed to facilitate more housing choices?

Moderators include:

Brenda Nunes, Nunes Group
Doug Davis, Hallmark Realty Corp

Panelists include:

Aaron Fairchild, Co-Founder, Co-CEO of Green Canopy NODE
Matt Hutchins, Co-Founder of CAST Architecture
Adam Weinstein, Planning and Building Director for City of Kirkland

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Hosted in partnership with the Sustainability Foundation.

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