Housing California 2014 Annual Conference

Sacramento, California
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Keynote Speaker
Sasha Abramsky, Journalist and Author
Sasha Abramsky

With great pleasure, we announce that Sasha Abramsky will be joining us as our keynote speaker on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Mr. Abramsky is a freelance journalist and author. His work has appeared in The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, New York Magazine, Salon, Slate, The Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. His most recent book The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives is an in depth look at poverty in 21st century America. (View the book trailer here.) His other works include: Inside Obama’s Brain;  Breadline USA: The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger and How to Fix It ; American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment; Conned ; and Hard Time Blues.

Originally from England and a current resident of Sacramento, California, Mr. Abramsky is a graduate of Oxford University and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism. In 2000 he was awarded an Open Society, Crime, and Communities Media Fellowship and is currently a Senior Fellow at the New York City-based Demos think tank.  Mr. Abramsky also teaches writing at UC Davis. For more information, visit www.sashaabramsky.com.

About the Conference

Each spring, the Housing California Annual Conference is convened as a means to bring together advocates, consumers, builders, lenders, lawmakers, and other leaders in the affordable home and homelessness community. With more than 75 workshops and pre-conference institutes, over 50 exhibitors, and attendance of over 1,000, the conference has become the nation’s largest statewide conference of its kind.

Special Events
We know you'll be busy attending the many workshops, institutes, plenary sessions, and wandering through the busy exhibit hall, but you'll want to make time for these special events, too!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Housing California Lobby Day (Room 104)
No experience necessary! 

  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Optional):  "Lobbying 101" training
  • 12:00 PM: Boxed lunch and training on the bills for which we'll be advocating
  • 1:30 - 4:00 PM: Walk to Capitol to meet with legislators' housing staff / Return to Convention Center to debrief
Sign up for Lobby Day when you register online or log in to your existing registration to add it to your agenda.
* Fee: $30 (includes optional training, boxed lunch, and afternoon of lobbying)

2:30 – 3:30 PM
7th and H Apartments Housing Tour
The California Coalition for Rural Housing (CCRH) Internship Program is offering an affordable housing tour of 7th & H Apartments. The tour will precede the program’s annual graduation event taking place at this site.

The 7th & H Housing Community is a mixed-use affordable housing development in Downtown Sacramento built by Mercy Housing California. The development is a model eight-story complex providing 150 studio and one-bedroom apartments for the formerly homeless. 

Contact Monica Palmeira (Monica@calruralhousing.org) to sign-up for the tour. Space is limited.

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Movie screening Fleeced (Room 308) (Note: the room has been changed from 307 to 304.)

A new film by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, presented in partnership with the California Coalition for Rural Housing, Elder Financial Protection Network, and California Reinvestment Coalition.  This 30-minute documentary tells the story of four older adults and their families who were victims of financial scams and abusive financial products.  Expert panelists and speakers.   Drinks and refreshments provided. View the trailer.

To RSVP, please email Maya Abood (maya@calruralhousing.org)

Join us for this documentary produced by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and the WFYI Public Media. Special guest speakers such as Attorney General Kamala Harris and Commissioner Jan Owen of the Department of Business Oversight are invited. Local advocates and experts will also be on hand to respond to issues discussed in the film. View the trailer.

Join us! For information, contact csmith@efprotection.org or call (415) 956-5556.
* Fee: Free to attend.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
1:20 PM - 1:40 PM
Book signing by keynote speaker Sasha Abramsky 
(3rd Floor)

Bring your own Sasha Abramsky book (or purchase one onsite) and get it autographed by freelance journalist and author, Sasha Abramsky. 
* Books available for purchase
5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
Housing California Networking Reception
(3rd Floor Terrace)

Join us on the 3rd floor terrace for music, heavy hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and networking. We'll also announce the winner of an iPad (see below).
* Fee: Free with conference registration.
(Includes 1 drink ticket)
Enter to win an iPad
Guess the number of homes in the container at the registration desk and win an iPad! Closest number wins. The winner will be announced at the Housing California Networking Reception. (Special thanks to Dora Leong Gallo for donating the iPad.)
* Fee: Free with conference registration
9:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Young Professionals Networking Event
(Cafeteria 15L, 1116 15th Street)

After hours, don't miss the Young Professionals Networking Event (also open to the "young at heart"). Light hors d'oeuvres, full (cash) bar, DJ, and dancing.
* Fee: Free with conference registration.
(Includes 1 drink ticket).

The conference will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center located at 1400 J Street, Sacramento, California 95814. Directions to the Sacramento Convention Center.





Contact Information

  • Lynda Chandler
    Conference Director
    Housing California
    900 J Street, Second Floor
    Sacramento, California, 95814
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Payment Instructions

  • Early Registration Rates
     (Available February 15 - March 14)

    Pre-conference Institutes - $150
    Nonprofit/Government - $400
    For Profit - $500
    Presenter - $250
    Housing California Member* - $370
    One-day Wed OR Thurs - $250

    Regular Registration Rates
    (Available March 15 - 31)

    Pre-conference Institutes - $170
    Nonprofit/Government - $445
    For Profit - $555
    Presenter - $280
    Housing California Member* - $415
    One-day Wed OR Thurs - $275

    Registration will be closed from April 1 to April 15 to allow time for processing registrations and preparing registration materials.
    Onsite Registration Rates
    (Available April 15 - 17)
    Pre-conference Institutes - $220
    Nonprofit/Government - $495
    For Profit - $615
    Presenter - $310
    Housing California Member* - $465
    One-day Wed OR Thurs - $305

    *Housing California Member Registration Rates: Must be a CURRENT member of Housing California. Organizational members receive three (3) reduced registrations. Individual members receive one (1) reduced registration. Please note that registrations above the member allotment will be invoiced for the difference in registration rates. Contact Deb Cosentino at dcosentino@housingca.org to confirm membership status.                  

    Payment Options
    Payment may be made with a credit card (VISA, Mastercard, and American Express), or by personal or company check, and cash. 
    If paying by check, make payable to Housing California and include a copy of your invoice or note the name of the attendee on the check! Checks for all advanced registrations (Early and Regular) MUST be received no later than April 4.          

    Mail payment to:

    Housing California
    Annual Conference
    900 J Street, Second Floor
    Sacramento, CA  95814

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