Housing Summit 2015 to Focus on Housing Choices for Healthy Aging

"The 16th annual Housing Summit, sponsored by the Greensboro Housing Coalition (GHC) in conjunction with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the City of Greensboro, will focus on the challenges of providing safe, healthy and affordable housing options for our community with a focus on the aging population. We are please to announce the keynote speaker for Housing Summit 2015 will be Kathy Sykes, currently the Senior Advisor for Aging and Sustainability at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). An advocate for smart growth and for active aging, Kathy chaired a committee comprised of federal agencies and national aging and public health organizations that developed the award program, Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging, to recognize community excellence in the built environment and promotion of active aging.

Michelle Gethers-Clark, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro, will be the Master of Ceremonies throughout the conference, which includes discussions led by experienced and knowledgeable professionals in addition to eight different workshop sessions for attendees to choose from. Four simultaneous workshops will be held in the morning and another four workshops will be offered in the afternoon in an effort to cover the spectrum of housing issues facing diverse populations in our community, especially seniors. Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Guilford County Commissioner Ray Trapp will feature as moderators in panel discussions on current challenges and potential solutions to local housing choices that relate to age, income, and level of independence.

“Housing Summit 2015 will give attendees the latest information and a general idea of how local organizations are collaborating to meet housing needs of seniors and all populations living in Greensboro and Guilford County,” says Brett Byerly, Executive Director of the Greensboro Housing Coalition. “Participants will get to hear from current federal and local officials, leading experts in the field of housing, and join discussions with peers and agencies that interest them.  These will hopefully provide the opportunities for people to network and even launch new ideas and partnerships that will contribute to and enhance Greensboro’s future.”

Location and Event Details: Housing Summit 2015 will be held February 25, 8:30-3:00, at George K’s Event Center, 2108 Cedar Fork Road in Greensboro. Registration is open to all and lunch will be provided. Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is providing scholarships for community residents with limited income. On-line registration is available on the GHC website at http://greensborohousingcoalition.com. Contact Renee Norris at 336-691-9521 or email renee@greensborohousingcoalition.com with questions related to registration, sponsorship, and scholarship opportunities.

About GHC: GHC's mission is to advocate for safe and affordable housing for those with low to moderate income and special needs. GHC has been recognized for creating partnerships in the local community that improves access to healthy homes and the prevention of homelessness."

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