Housing Is Summit

We are taking the Summit virtual in 2020


After careful consideration of health and safety during the COVID-19 public health crisis, CLPHA’s Housing Is Summit Team has decided to hold this year’s Housing Is Summit as a virtual conference. The current guidance from the DC Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-left us no choice but to find a solution outside of an in-person event.  
Fortunately, video conferencing will enable us to bring you the rich content and idea sharing that makes the Summit such an outstanding event for professionals engaged in cross-sector work. 


With this notice of the Summit’s move away from an in-person event on April 30 and May 1, if you are already registered for the Summit we encourage you to now cancel any existing airfare/transportation and hotel reservations related to the Summit. Airline policies vary, but many airlines appear to be more flexible than usual given the circumstances. You may use this email as justification to any airline about canceling an existing reservation. If you have a reservation at our official Summit hotel/venue, the Washington Marriott Georgetown, you are well within the cancellation window, but you must cancel your own room because CLPHA staff cannot do this for you (you have until 48 hours before the reservation to cancel without penalty)

The Move to Virtual: We are hard at work adapting the exciting content and deep-dive breakout sessions to video technology, and our team is dedicated to optimizing the attendee experience however we can.  
We want to thank you all for your patience as we navigate these unprecedented times. More detailed information about logistics for the virtual Housing Is Summit are coming soon.  Click here to sign up to receive updates about logistics and registration for the virtual Housing Is Summit.
At present, we expect to hold the virtual conference the same week of the original event over several half-days of presentations and breakout sessions, allowing attendees to attend more sessions than they normally would! We welcome suggestions from organizations that have conducted virtual events/conferences of this scale; if you would like to share your wisdom with us, please email us at housingis@clpha.org
Look for additional guidance over the next couple of weeks by email and on our official Summit landing page at HousingIsSummit.org
This is a difficult and unique situation, but we are thankful for our community of practice. Stay safe, stay home. We look forward to our continued partnerships and have no doubt that the 2020 Summit will be another fantastic learning experience for everyone in attendance.  

Deepest thanks,

The Housing Is Team



The Housing Is Summit is made possible with generous support from the Funders for Housing and Opportunity.

Thank You to Our Presenting Sponsors!



Thank you to our Featured Sponsor!

Go Deep or Wide with Our Breakout Session Tracks

This year, we are pleased to offer four breakout session tracks to allow attendees to focus on one track or learn from a variety of perspectives by creating a custom schedule. All breakout sessions are scheduled to be 75 minutes each to allow for both insightful presentations and substantive discussion.

  • Partnership Development
  • Housing Is Education
  • Housing is Health
  • Peer Learning and Networking -- new!

Included in each of these tracks will be sessions with particular emphasis on themes such as data sharing/collaboration, in-depth case study analysis, and workshops on current policies.

View The Summit Breakout Sessions

Why Attend the Summit? Here's What Past Attendees Had to Say
"Thank you for selecting such thoughtful, engaged, and informed speakers!”
“Diverse perspectives, awesome networking opportunities, and great discussions.”
“The conference is excellently run and very valuable.”
“The plenaries were insightful and stressed childhood poverty, which gave me a different lens.”
“…the value of the Summit was getting us to look at our issues differently. That opened up a way to approach my work more effectively!”
“Thank you for hosting. This has been one of the best conferences I have attended both in term so the quality of presenters and general organization. I am looking forward to implementing ideas and attending next year.”
What to Expect: Highlights from Our 2019 Summit


Is this your first time attending the Housing Is Summit? Check out summaries of our sessions and videos from keynote, plenary, and breakout presenters, as well as attendee testimonials.


Top Left: Dr. Camara Jones delivers keynote remarks on Day Two of the Summit; Top Right: Rep. Barbara Lee opens Day One of the Summit; Bottom Left: Press conference announcing CLPHA's report, “Eliminating Barriers to Postsecondary Success; David Williams Delivers remarks on Day Two of the Summit

Questions? Click Here to Send us an Email!


The Housing Is Initiative, led by the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, helps build a future where systems work together to improve life outcomes.

Fragmented service delivery systems and sioed policymaking often fail to address the needs of low-income individuals and families holistically, resulting in stagnant outcomes and costly inefficiencies. CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative is based on the premise that systems can better meet these needs and improve life outcomes when they work together.



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