WHATCOM HOUSING WEEK

FreE & OPEN TO ALL
thank you for joining US FOR Whatcom housing week 2020: A SERIES OF EVENTS THAT BUILD AWARENESS AND SUPPORT FOR INNOVATIVE HOUSING SOLUTIONS TO CREATE safe, equitable, and affordable HOMES FOR EVERYONE.

With the global COVID-19 pandemic and increasing unrest over racial injustice in America, having a safe, equitable, and affordable home is more important than ever.

Whatcom Housing Week 2020 was a mix of engaging and educational virtual events, discussions, and socially distanced activities for housing enthusiasts and the broader community alike. Even if you couldn’t attend this year’s Whatcom Housing Week, we still want to share the fun with you — check out this year’s virtual events and presentations below!

2020 Housing Week Schedule

Attendees who registered for all Housing Week events at once received a FREE pass to access recorded content from over 30 sessions at the Innovations in Naturally Affordable Housing Summit.

ALL WEEK LONG!

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

All Week Long!

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Get to know your neighborhood with our family-friendly neighborhood scavenger hunt! This scavenger hunt is the perfect socially-distant activity for neighbors of all ages. Enjoy some fresh air and get familiar with your neighborhood at the same time. Submit your completed scavenger hunt for a chance to win a prize!

Participants can download a PDF or play online.

MONDAY

Richard Rothstein Keynote Presentation

Monday, October 12

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We are excited to kick off Whatcom Housing Week with a keynote speech from distinguished historian, Richard Rothstein. Rothstein specializes in the history of segregation in the US particularly in relation to housing and education. In his best selling book, The Color of Law, Rothstein explains how anti-Black governmental policies such redlining are to blame for the segregation of our cities. In this virtual presentation, Rothstein will further explain this narrative and how American cities can move away from historically racist housing policies toward a more just and equitable future.

The Whatcom Housing Alliance is collaborating with the Housing Development Consortium in Seattle to bring you this event. It will be hosted through the online platform, Seattle Town Hall. After the keynote speech, there will be a panel discussion with Pacific Northwest experts on housing policy.

Join us for a Book Club Discussion on Tuesday where we will be discussing Richard Rothstein’s book, The Color of Law.

TUESDAY

Coffee & Conversation: Activating Historically Underrepresented Voices

Tuesday, October 13
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Join us for Coffee and Conversation as we brainstorm about local housing solutions. During this session, we will discuss why those who most commonly participate in the public process are often under-representative of the broader community. Seattle for Everyone coordinator, Brady Nordstrom, will discuss how he has helped to mobilize and activate a base of support from a demographic that more closely aligns with the diversity of the population. We will then look locally to see how we can mobilize and empower Bellingham For Everyone Allies by encouraging participation in public process – because everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard!

TUESDAY

Book Club Discussion:
The Color of Law

Tuesday, October 13
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Join us as we discuss the best selling book, The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein. Richard Rothstein is a distinguished historian who specializes in segregation in the US in relation to housing and education. The Color of Law unpacks how anti-Black governmental policies such redlining are to blame for the segregation of our cities. This Book Club will focus on the writings of the Rothstein and how they relate to the local context of Whatcom County. Dr. Joy Wiggins, local equity and diversity leader and change maker, will lead us through a facilitated discussion on the history of zoning in Bellingham and Whatcom County, the racial inequities that have stemmed from those zoning policies, and what we can do to enact more just and equitable housing policies locally.

To support our local book store and Richard Rothstein himself, we encourage participants to purchase The Color of Law through Village Books if you are able. However, we do not want this to be a barrier to participation. Free book rentals in various formats are available through the Bellingham Public Library. We are also able to provide a limited amount of books for free. Please email info@whatcomhousingalliance.org to request financial assistance.

WEDNESDAY

Coffee and Conversation: Breaking Out of the Housing Trap

Wednesday, October 14
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Join us for Coffee and Conversation as we brainstorm about local housing solutions. During this session, we will discuss a presentation from Strong Towns President, Charles Marohn. This presentation states that a solution to overcome the “housing crisis” is to create an anti-fragile housing ecosystem in which the bar to entry is low, and every neighborhood can undergo incremental change over time. With the help of executive director of Futurewise, Alex Brennan, and other regional experts, we will use this lens to brainstorm possibilities for local improvements in housing.

WEDNESDAY

Housing & Mobility: Creating a More Vibrant Community

Wednesday, October 14
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Sustainable transportation expert, Paulo Nunes-Ueno, will facilitate a conversation about the necessity for communities to have access to a variety of mobility options including walking, biking, and transit. Paulo will explore how these mobility options impact housing and other community values such as the environment, equity, and the local economy. After a short presentation, we will be joined by a panel of local experts and community members who will take this topic into the local context and explore possibilities for future improvements to our transportation sector.

Paulo Nunes-Ueno is an expert in sustainable transportation and effective urban solutions for transit, mobility and parking. He has been working on sustainable transportation in Seattle for many years, and he now consults directly with organizations to help them design and implement cutting edge enterprise commute programs. You can view several of Paulo’s presentations on mobility on his website: www.nunes-ueno.com/speaking.

THURSDAY

Whatcom Housing Alliance All–Member Meeting

Thursday, October 15
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Welcome all Whatcom Housing Alliance members and interested organizations. Our biannual All–Member Meetings are an opportunity for us to reconvene with our members, celebrate our successes, and provide insight on future goals.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the social unrest around racial injustice in America, the Whatcom Housing Alliance has pushed forward passing important housing policies, providing technical assistance, and increasing the Bellingham For Everyone Ally base. However, there is still lots of work to be done and we need the help from our members. Join us as we brainstorm ways to increase the collective action of our membership to create lasting change in our community.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Housing Week Luminary Awards

View the 2020 Luminary Award winners.

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Find out who this year’s winners are during Housing Week. We will present winners in four categories: Impactful Project, Community Collaboration, Inspiring Innovation, and Influential Person.

Thank you to our Housing Week Sponsors!