San Francisco Housing Is A Mess. This Summit Wants Solutions

The event promises to unlock insights into the future of San Francisco's housing landscape.

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The greater Ingleside's housing stock is mostly singly-family homes. | File Photo/Ingleside Light

How can San Francisco tackle the challenges of housing affordability? What financial strategies can empower individuals to achieve homeownership? What legal considerations should homeowners be aware of in the current housing landscape?

These are some of the questions that will be posed at the first Equity Keys Housing Symposium later this month in the Geneva Powerhouse. The symposium will feature a panel of experts in housing affordability, financial literacy and legal considerations.

Panelists include former District 11 Supervisor John Avalos, who now leads the Council of Community Housing Organizations; Marie Sturgell of Financial Money MindSet Empowerment; Aneka Harrell with the Dream Keepers Homeownership; Ernest Jones, candidate for District 11 supervisor and a member of the I.T. Bookman Community Center; and Paula Harrell, a longtime San Francisco real estate professional.

Jeanette Wright, co-founder of Still Here SF 415, an organization committed to empowering and uplifting the Black community in and around San Francisco, said the symposium is the beginning of a series of events aimed at addressing housing challenges.

“The significant decline in the Black population, coupled with housing affordability challenges and the persistently low Black homeownership rates, all fueled our determination to take-action,” Wright said. “We believe in the power of the black community, unity and positive change, and we were inspired to create an event that provides expert insights, resources and opportunities for community members to overcome these challenges and regain control of their housing future.”

Aside from hearing from the panelists, there will be other attractions at the free event.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with local businesses and organizations offering support and resources,” Wright said. “There will be networking opportunities to engage with like-minded individuals and professionals. Additionally, we're excited to offer raffle prizes and giveaways, ensuring that attendees leave with not only knowledge but also valuable resources.”

The symposium is organized by Still Her SF 415, an organization dedicated to empowering the city’s Black community, along with En2Action, the Office of Economic & Workforce Development and The Dream Keeper Initiative. Other collaborators include Rebuilding Together and the M-Stop deli.

Equity Keys Housing Symposium
Date: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Geneva Powerhouse, 2301 San Jose Ave.
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