The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen will host the third annual Strengthening Cities, Communities, and Homes Summit, a day-long gathering of housing and economic development professionals.
Also hosting will Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan; Amsterdam Mayor Mike Villa, Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond, Schenectady, Mayor Gary McCarthy, Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon and Troy Mayor Patrick Madden.
The summit is schedule for 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 11, at the Hilton Saratoga, 534 Broadway.
“This year’s summit is targeted toward introducing and enhancing working partnerships focused on housing and community development,” said Yepsen. “The agenda for this important summit promises to be outstanding, with exceptional keynote speakers and multiple break-out sessions.”
“This summit truly exemplifies a model of federal, state and local governments partnering with the private sector to create stronger and more vibrant communities,” she said. “It is partnerships such as these that not only allow us to present a successful summit but to tackle national issues on a local level, such as ending veteran homelessness.”
The summit will bring together public housing leaders, developers, non-profits, Continuums of Care partners that service homeless individuals and families; fair housing advocates, real estate professionals, regional community planning, leaders in education, and federal, state, and local officials to identify issues and discuss best practices and available resources.
Jaime Forero, HUD Albany field office director, said ,"The SCCH Summits we've hosted in Schenectady and Utica brought together concerned partners from the housing and community development sectors throughout our jurisdiction. These events provided opportunities not only to network, but to create lasting relationships that have resulted in shared best practices and sharing of critical information. These connections provided opportunities to improve housing, economic development and overall collaboration of leaders throughout these communities."