With more than 300 participants, representing health, housing, community development, and finance, we had an exceptional cross-section of community leaders at our day-long summit called Housing + Health: Building Blocks of Equity and Opportunity in November 2016. On behalf of our co-host team – HousingWorks Austin, Children’s Optimal Health, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – I want to provide some follow up information and ensure you that the conversations will continue in the coming months.

You can find all the summit materials, including the agenda, videos, power point presentations, speaker biographies, and more on the HousingWorks Austin website here.


Children’s Optimal Health produced multiple maps for summit presenters and attendees to understand the state of child health in the Austin area.

HousingWorks Austin’s analyses of housing and health for the five-county Austin region can be found on their website here.


You can find the brief aspirational video on community systems integration featured at the summit (“Sonya’s Story”) on Children’s Optimal Health’s website here.


In addition, we encourage you to take the time to explore the interactive story map featured as part of “Raquel’s Story” here. The interactive map includes data related to housing, health, and finance and demonstrates some of the trade-offs households make when searching for affordable housing in Austin.

 

Additional resources for the community

  • In our breakout sessions, there were some follow up questions regarding a few items. With respect to the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, please visit the organization’s website for additional information. As the program is developed here locally, we will provide additional information (including qualification and contact information).
  • Regarding the Community Reinvestment Act, there is a wealth of information to help communities understand CRA requirements and regulations, including this fact sheet.
  • As well as this easy-to-understand introductory video from the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.
  • If you are wondering about whether certain investments into healthy communities could qualify under the CRA, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has an excellent primer:  Healthy Community’s Framework, as well as a flow chart of how decisions are made: CRA Flow chart.

 

For social workers and LPCs who attended the summit, the School of Social Work is offering 6.25 hours of Continuing Education. To receive the continuing education credit, please send the completed and signed registration form and session verification form to the UT Austin School of Social Work. Further details and copies of the forms can be found here.

We appreciate you devoting your time and energy to this important topic. We are incredibly grateful to our event sponsors for making this event a reality.

Please stay tuned for information on follow up conversations and events related to housing and health in 2017.  We are making some exciting plans!

(This information was modified from a communication sent out by our partner HousingWorks Austin to summit attendees)