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Meeting the Moment: Collective Effort to Increase Housing Production and Affordability in the Capital Region with the Housing Indicator Tool

The housing affordability crisis in the Capital Region of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, continues to grow. Building enough new housing to meet demand and preserving existing affordability is a problem that will take collective effort to solve. The Housing Indicator Tool (HIT) is a digital dashboard that tracks affordable housing production and preservation at the regional and jurisdiction level. It also tracks policies jurisdictions have in place to facilitate the production and preservation outcomes the region seeks and to protect residents from discrimination and displacement. The region has made progress in increasing production, but to solve the affordability crisis, collective effort is needed from every sector: public, private, and philanthropic.

Join the Urban Institute and HAND for the 2024 HIT release and conversations from cross-sector leaders with a diverse set of perspectives that will provide a view of how each sector can contribute to the collective effort and address the advocacy, policies, and investments needed to increase the housing supply and create a more equitable region. 


Opening Remarks

  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute
  • Courtney Battle, Executive Director, HAND
  • Christina Autin, National Relationship and Program Manager, Housing Access & Affordability, Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Malachi McKinney, Senior Finance Manager, Housing Equity Fund, Amazon


HIT 4.0 Release, Featuring 2023 Housing Outcomes

  • Leah Hendey, Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Taylor Phillips, Director of Public Policy, HAND


Collective Action Toward Moving the Needle: Cross-Sector Approaches to Increase Housing Production and Affordability in the Capital Region

  • Jovan Burton, Executive Director, Partnership for Housing Affordability
  • George Kleb, Executive Director, Bon Secours Baltimore Community Works
  • Brett Macleod, Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co
  • Kate Owens, Director of Investments, Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners
  • Carmen Romero, President & CEO, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
  • Brett Theodos, Senior Fellow and Director, Community Economic Development Hub, Urban Institute (Moderator)


Local Policies, Regional Impact: Elected Officials & Housing Directors’ Perspectives on What’s Needed to Make Progress as a Region

  • Thomas Fleetwood, Director, Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Alyia Gaskins, Councilmember, City of Alexandria, VA
  • Colleen Green, Director, DC Department of Housing and Community Development
  • John Hall, Housing Director, Loudoun County Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Takis Karantonis, Vice Chair, Arlington County, VA
  • Aspasia Xypolia, Director, Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Robert McCartney, Host, Think Regionally Podcast (Moderator)




Registration for this event is closed. A recording will be available after. Please email [email protected] with questions. 

Funding for this event is provided through grants from Wells Fargo and Amazon Housing Equity Fund. 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, March 21, 2024
Urban Institute 500 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington , DC , 20024
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Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Urban Institute Speakers
  • Principal Research Associate
    Codirector, National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
  • President