Fall 2018 Equitable Development of Housing & Neighborhoods Forum

Save the Date: October 1st & 2nd, 2018

Fall 2018 Equitable Development of Housing & Neighborhoods Forum

Equitable Development Forum

Habitat for Humanity Tucson will host the Fall 2018 Equitable Development of Housing & Neighborhoods Forum, in partnership with the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of the City of Tucson, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Pima County, and many others.

The reception dinner and networking event will be held on October 1st and the forum on October 2nd.

The event will focus on solutions for equitable development to address affordable housing need and transform distressed housing units: Accessory Dwelling Units; Non-Traditional Homes; and Manufactured Housing. Our discussion will include zoning, infill, environmental considerations, best practices, financing policies, steps to implementation, and topics to further the discussion on equitable development. Presenters will include Dr. Mark Kear of The University of Arizona School of Geography and Development, Dan Rosenweig of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville (Virginia), and Elizabeth Mattiuzzi, a Senior Researcher in Community Development at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.

Collectively, we can increase the availability of better housing options; but we cannot keep pace with the need in our communities without innovative multipliers in housing. We hope you will join us for both days.

A housing affordability crisis in the U.S.

Tucson and Southern Arizona communities are in the midst of the worst affordable housing crisis since the Great Recession.

Median new home prices are skyrocketing above $300,000 for the first time in the local market. Local and Federal level government investment in affordable homes is being cut and rentals are at a 96% occupancy rate.


The solutions do exist to this crisis. There are steps government, nonprofits and community organizations can take right now to address the affordable housing crisis.

Many housing forums and organizations are focused on homeless issues. While addressing homelessness is critically important — it doesn’t shine a light on the work-force and working-poor issues for thousands of families who are being priced out of the American dream of a safe home and neighborhood.

This forum will address innovative solutions that can be implemented immediately to help mitigate the crisis.

The Impact of Equitable Development




Economic Prosperity



October 1, 2018 – Welcome dinner and networking at 5:30 PM

October 2, 2018 – Fall 2018 Equitable Development of Housing & Neighborhood Forum


October 2, 2018 Forum Schedule

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Check-in and Networking

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome and Introduction

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Equitable Development

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Accessory Dwelling Units Report/Questions and Break

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Manufactured Housing/Questions and Break

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch; Housing Needs and Best Practices Discussion

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Non-Traditional Housing; Policies and Financing/Questions and Break

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM Identifying Barriers for Affordable Housing Development

Speaker Bios

Dr. Mark T. F. Kear

Dr. Mark T. F. Kear is an associate professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He earned his PhD from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C., and has earned his MA in Economic Geography from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. Over the last decade, he has researched, visited, or taught at the University of Toronto, York University, UC Berkeley, and the University of Arizona.

Dan Rosensweig

Dan Rosensweig has been the director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville since February 2009. In 2011, Rosensweig led the affiliate’s completion of Sunrise; the first trailer park transformation in the nation without resident displacement. Under Rosensweig’s leadership, the affiliate is committed to building mixed-income, generationally, and demographically diverse communities to counteract community isolation.

Elizabeth Mattiuzzi

Elizabeth Mattiuzzi is a Senior Researcher in Community Development at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. She led the Planning Sustainable Regions research initiative as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Community Innovation. Her research focuses on regional transportation and housing governance, equity, and economic opportunity. Mattiuzzi completed her PhD in City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley.

Ryan Stephenson

Pima County GIS Community Planner Ryan Stephenson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability from ASU.  As a Tucson-Phoenix hybrid, his career history includes experience in bike share, home energy auditing, and homeless services. He currently works in the Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation Department includes helping South Tucson businesses redevelop blighted properties using EPA Brownfields grants, researching affordable housing tax credit properties.

Event Partners:


2018 Equitable Development of Housing & Neighborhoods Forum

Special thanks to:

Elected Officials

Habitat for Humanity Tucson Board of Directors

Pima County and Pima County Planner, Ryan Stephenson

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Joselyn Cousins and  Elizabeth Mattiuzzi PhD

Habitat for Humanity Charlottesville CEO Dan Rosensweig

University of Arizona Assistant Professor Dr. Mark Kear

The Agnese Nelms Haury Program for Environmental and Social Justice

The City of Tucson Industrial Development Authority, Gary Bachman, and Meredith Aronson

Scott Williams and Videographers from Kleindale Studios


Call or e-mail:

Ann Vargas: annv@habitattucson.org, (520) 326-1217 x 226