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Advancing Housing Justice: An Urban Institute Summit

Across the US, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people continue to experience high rates of housing insecurity, a reality fueled by a history of discriminatory practices and racist housing policies. And across racial and ethnic lines, wages have not kept up with soaring housing costs. Since 2021, the Urban Institute’s Housing Justice Hub has conducted research designed to advance housing justice, – defined as “ensuring everyone has affordable housing that promotes health, well-being, and upward mobility by confronting historical and ongoing harms and disparities caused by structural racism and other systems of oppression.”

The Urban Institute invites you to attend its upcoming convening, Advancing Housing Justice: An Urban Institute Summit. The event will showcase new research from Urban's Housing Justice Hub and elevate the work and perspectives from other experts in the field, including policymakers, practitioners, organizers, and people with lived experience of housing instability and homelessness.

With session topics that span narrative change efforts, decommodification of housing, equity measurement techniques, and emerging tools to help advance housing justice, the event will equip participants with a deeper understanding of current practices and perspectives on housing justice.

Plenary session recordings linked below in blue. 

Day 1: Thursday, June 6, 2024

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Plenary

  • Urban Leadership Team

10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Defining Housing Justice
  • Housing as a Human Right
  • Examining the Implications of Intersectionality and Housing Justice

12:15 p.m. Lunch Plenary

  • Narrative Change through Power Building

1:15 p.m. Walking Photo Gallery

  • Housing Justice Close to Home: A Photovoice Project

2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Measuring Injustice: Approaches from Different Fields
  • Residential Sorting and Resource Access: Division and Displacement
  • Seeking Housing Justice within Homelessness Response Systems

3:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Democratizing Research: Incorporating Lived Experience
  • Emerging Tools to Advance Housing Justice
  • Decommodification and Wealth Building: Tensions and Opportunities


Day 2: Friday, June 7, 2024

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Plenary

  • Impact toward Housing Justice through Multisector Bridge Building

10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Scoring Progress on Housing Justice: Evaluation Creation
  • Improving Places and Spaces: Housing Justice and the Built Environment
  • The Role of Philanthropy in Housing Justice

12:00 p.m. Lunch Plenary

  • Advancing Housing Justice in This Administration

1:30 p.m. Closing Activity


Funding for this event was provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Trinity Church Wall Street. For more on Urban’s funding policies, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Date & Time Thursday, June 6, 2024
Friday, June 7, 2024
Urban Institute 500 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington , DC , 20024
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Breakfast and check-in available each day at 8:30 a.m. Networking reception on June 6 at 5:00 p.m.