A community conversation about race, class and housing in Boulder.

The city, in partnership with the Boulder Chamber and the Urban Land Institute, is hosting its first Housing Equity Symposium on Nov. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. This event aims to raise awareness and understanding of Boulder’s history related to race and class, how it impacts the city’s current housing challenges and to begin a community dialogue to identify specific actions to address long-standing inequities.

The event will feature an introduction by Congressman Joe Neguse and local and national speakers. Keynotes will include Lisa Bender, President of the Minneapolis City Council, Dr. Abby Hickcox, Associate Director of the Arts & Sciences Honors Program at the University of Colorado and co-founder Boulder Affordable Housing Research Initiative and Dr. Tiffany Manuel, PhD, President and CEO of TheCaseMade. Presentations, a panel discussion and an opportunity for questions from the audience are also on the agenda.

Affordable housing will be a key theme of the night. The city is committed to maintaining diverse housing options for all people, regardless of their income, and has a goal for 15% of all housing to be affordable by 2035. As part of this commitment, the city implements multiple programs and policies to increase access to affordable housing to ensure that families and individuals have safe and affordable places to live in Boulder.

Affordable housing is a vital component of a thriving community. Research shows that stable, affordable housing is crucial to a community's health, environment and well-being,” said Director of Housing and Human Services Kurt Firnhaber, “This event will help guide an honest conversation about how the city’s past relates to its current housing landscape, with an eye on how we can overcome future challenges in affordable housing.”

The city remains committed to its core value of community safety and will follow all local health and safety requirements to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This event is currently planned as an in-person event with virtual options. As the event nears, organizers will assess the latest public health guidance to determine if the event will move to virtual only.

This event is sponsored by the City of Boulder, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation Boulder County, Boulder Housing Partners and the Hotel Boulderado. Details, including registration information and updates on the event format, can be found on the city’s website.