2019 National Planning Conference

Humanizing the Housing Crisis

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198077

Location: 2016

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  • Understand the current housing market and its challenges through someone else's perspective.
  • Consider incorporating anecdotal information into daily practice.
  • In the future, speak from a more informed position regarding the impacts of housing trends on different socioeconomic groups.


California, like many places in the United States, is facing a housing crisis. The lack of low-income housing, both rental and for sale, has altered the everyday living conditions for different socioeconomic groups, including minorities, young families, senior citizens, millennials, and others. This session focuses on millennials. The speakers are millennials facing decisions on, among other things:
• where to live (The hometown? Near families? Near work? Another city altogether? Abroad?)
• whether to buy or rent (if either option is feasible)
• the thought that we may never own a home (intentionally.)

These issues have been faced by every generation, but as with most discussions, there are new and challenging factors at play for millennials. As millennials are the group poised to have the largest impact on the housing market in the coming years, it is important to understand the motives and conditions impacting their decisions.

The session draws comparisons to previous generations and examines how their solutions dovetail with today’s trends and possibilities. Discussions such as this can be reminders that we need to include anecdotal evidence in the discussion of potential solutions.

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Session Speakers

Katherine Poppel

Lisandro Orozco
City of Anaheim
Santa Ana, CA

Alesia W. Hsiao, AICP
City and County of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Ellen Forthofer
Denver Public Works
Denver, CO

Nicholas Chen, AICP
Costa Mesa, CA