How Cities Are Making Holistic Housing Policy

How Cities Are Making Holistic Housing Policy

Building housing is no longer the only goal.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

1:00pm - 2:00pm EST


In cities across the United States, affordable housing policies are moving beyond simply building homes for low-income residents. Accessible housing can be the starting point in a drive to advance goals related to climate change mitigation, anti-displacement, equitable internet access and more.

Join Next City Housing Correspondent Roshan Abraham as he leads a panel discussion with city officials from Austin, Boston and New York City to discuss programs in those cities that highlight the Right to Return, net-zero emissions housing projects, and mandatory broadband access in all new affordable housing construction.

Solutions of the Year is a multi-day virtual convening, including seven sessions, that will frame the conversation for 2022. Pay what you wish to RSVP, including nothing at all. All who donate will receive a copy of our annual Solutions of the Year special issue magazine.



Roshan Abraham
Housing Correspondent, Next City

Roshan Abraham is a journalist whose reporting on criminal justice, housing and health has appeared in VICE, The Verge, Pacific Standard, The Village Voice, and more. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, Roshan was an Open City Fellow and a Witness Fellow at the Asian American Writers Workshop.



Greg Casar
Austin City Council Member

A native Texan, son of Mexican immigrants, and community organizer, Gregorio “Greg” Casar currently serves on the Austin City Council representing the city’s lowest income district. He has a proven track record of successfully fighting for working Texans on issues of labor rights, reproductive justice, immigration reform, civil rights, and more. Despite the uphill battle in Texas, Casar successfully raised wages for thousands of workers, ended all personal marijuana arrests in his city, and closed inexcusable tax loopholes for the wealthiest.


Jolie Milstein
President and CEO, New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH)

Jolie Milstein is President and CEO of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH). She joined NYSAFAH from Praxis Housing, where she was responsible for creating the organization's permanent supportive housing developments, and has an extensive background in economic development, business management, and finance. A licensed architect, Jolie holds a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley, a Master of Architecture from UCLA and the Architecture Association and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University. She is also adjunct faculty at the Fordham University Real Estate Institute.


Alison Brizius
Director of Climate and Environmental Planning, City of Boston

Alison Brizius is the Director of Climate and Environmental Planning for the City of Boston. She manages the Environment Department’s work on climate adaptation and resilience, greenhouse gas reduction, air and noise pollution, wetlands protection, parking freezes and solid waste. Before coming to Boston, Dr. Brizius was the Executive Director of the Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) at the University of Chicago, a multi-institutional interdisciplinary center founded to improve society’s ability to respond to climate change and energy supply challenges.




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