• Allie Cannington

Affordable Housing & Disability Twitter Chat: Tuesday May 19, 2020, 3-4PM PST



Elevating the Issues & Debunking the Myths


Affordable Housing Month invites us to think about the importance of housing access, affordability, and inclusion for all people who need it. In California and nationwide, people with disabilities, disproportionately people of color with disabilities, are impacted the most by the housing crisis because of the serious lack of affordable, accessible, and community-based integrated housing. We hope today’s chat can elevate the housing issues impacting people with disabilities, debunk the myths that can prevent real change across the fields of Disability and Affordable Housing, and share ideas and resources that can move us closer to a place where all people have the affordable, accessible, and inclusive housing they need.


ABOUT THE CO-HOSTS


Disability Rights California (DRC) is the agency designated under federal law to protect and advocate for the rights of Californians with disabilities. The mission of DRC is to advance the rights, dignity, equal opportunities, and choices for all people with disabilities. For more information, visit: www.disabilityrightsca.org.


Housing California is the voice in the state Capitol for children, seniors, families, people experiencing homelessness, and everyone who needs a safe, stable, affordable, and accessible place to call home in a vibrant, inclusive and prosperous community. Housing CA’s vision grew from a clear understanding that the systems that have excluded underserved people for decades need to change. For 40 years, Housing CA has built a reputation for connecting cross-sector priorities and uniting diverse networks and coalitions to advocate for equitable public policy that addresses the core issues around homelessness and housing affordability. For more information, visit: www.housingca.org/.


The Kelsey accelerates and advocates for housing where people with and without disabilities, of all incomes and backgrounds, can live and thrive together. Their approach is a joint direct impact strategy in housing development coupled with broader work in advocacy, community organizing, and field building. They have 240+ homes in their pipeline with developments in San Jose and San Francisco. For more information, visit: www.thekelsey.org.


How to Participate


Follow @TheKelseyMore, @DisabilityCA, and @HousingCA for the latest information about the chat. If you want to save the time and date, register here, on our events page!


When the chat starts at 3PM, click on the ‘Latest’ tab for the hashtag #HousingAccess4All. This will show you the questions and everyone’s responses in real time.


If you are overwhelmed by the amount of tweets and just want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check THIS PAGE.

Another way to participate in the chat is to use this app that allows you to pause the chat if the tweets are coming at you too fast: http://www.tchat.io/


Introductory Tweets & Chat Questions


Welcome to today’s Affordable Housing & Disability Twitter Chat, where we will be elevating the issues & debunking the myths. This chat is co-hosted by @TheKelseyMore, @DisabilityCA, and @HousingCA.


Please note: If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #HousingAccess4All


If you wish, include the tags #MoreHousing #MoreInclusion

Another way to participate in the chat is to use this app that allows you to pause the chat if the Tweets are coming at you too fast: http://www.tchat.io/

And feel free to take breaks or join us anytime after the hour!


Q1. Welcome! Please introduce yourself & if you represent any org. If you want, share where you are tweeting from + any links about you, your work, or your advocacy #HousingAccess4All


Q2. How has the affordable housing crisis impacted you and/or your loved ones with disabilities? #HousingAccess4All


Q3. What are common myths and misconceptions about affordable housing and housing for people with disabilities? (NOTE: Phrase your response as MYTH: __ and share the TRUTH/FACTS too if you have them) #HousingAccess4All


Q4. COVID19 is disproportionately impacting people with disabilities, people of color, and people who are unhoused. How can we respond to COVID19 with a lens of equity and inclusion? #HousingAccess4All


Q5. What are current local, statewide, or national housing resources, protections, and/or policy developments that benefit and include people with disabilities? #HousingAccess4All


Q6. Who's innovating in this field that you're most excited about (tag them or link articles!) and where can there be more innovation? #HousingAccess4All


Q7. CAs Roadmap HOME 2030 is an initiative to develop & implement a “Marshall Plan” for statewide housing & homelessness solutions. What solutions must be included so all people have equal access to affordable, accessible,& inclusive housing? #HousingAccess4All https://roadmaphomeca.org/


Q8. There is a need for the disability rights and the housing/homelessness advocacy communities to work together more. In what ways would you like to see disability rights and housing/homelessness communities work closer together? #HousingAccess4All


Q9. We’re coming to the end of our chat! What questions and curiosities do you still have about the intersection of affordable housing and disability? Your answers will help us inform our future work! #HousingAccess4All


If you have any questions or need more information, please email hello@thekelsey.org

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