6th Annual San Joaquin Valley
Affordable Housing Summit: “Building Together”
California’s housing crisis is just as pervasive in the San Joaquin Valley as anywhere else in the State. How will our region respond to the unique challenges and opportunities our communities face? Join housing specialists, community development professionals, elected officials, service providers, and community advocates for the 6th Annual San Joaquin Valley Affordable Housing Summit. This year’s summit is sure to be the biggest yet, offering more workshops, round-tables, and networking opportunities than ever before.
September 7, 2017
9am to 4pm
The San Joaquin Valley has long suffered as the epicenter of the nation’s housing crisis. As of December 2011, unemployment rates ranged between 14.7% in Madera County to 18.7% in Merced County, well above state and national averages. Poverty rates are also some of the highest in the nation, ranging from 15.7% in San Joaquin County to 24.6% in Merced County, as of the 2010 census. Additionally, several valley cities have consistently ranked in the top five hardest hit foreclosure areas in the nation, with 1 in every 140 housing units in San Joaquin County in foreclosure in January 2012. These already sizable challenges have been exacerbated by the loss of redevelopment agencies and consistent budgetary uncertainty among local agencies.
The San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative focuses on regional solutions to promote affordable housing via dialogue among state, local, and federal stakeholders.
The San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative (Collaborative) set out to provide more educational and technical assistance events in 2015-16 based on feedback it received in 2014.
In July 2015, the Collaborative hosted the regional forum “Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Programs: Funding Opportunities for the San Joaquin Valley.” The forum provided an opportunity for information-sharing with Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program applicants. The more than 85 participants that came from across the region to Merced also learned about resources for accessing programs and discussed the limitations of programs and opportunity areas for change. See Full 2016 Review