ULI Los Angeles - Homelessness - Confronting the Land Use Challenges to Housing the Homeless (SOLD OUT)


Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
7:30am - 3:00pm PST


The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Will open in a new window 555 West Temple Street Los Angeles, CA 90012-2702 UNITED STATES

Homelessness is the predominant issue affecting major metropolitan regions throughout the nation.  The causes of homelessness are as complex and varied as our nation’s inhabitants.  Los Angeles is home to nearly 60,000 individuals experiencing homelessness.  Encampments continue to proliferate throughout the City.  A critical component to addressing homelessness are land use policies and regulations that can assist in the development of temporary shelters, bridge housing and permanent supportive housing.  Site selection, entitlements and land use approvals, design, construction and project finance are the unique disciplines that contribute to integrated and successful response to homelessness.

Please join us as ULI-LA addresses the challenges of homelessness, with particular emphasis and focus on the best land use practices to support the development of housing solutions for the homeless.  Our program will build upon ULI’s national technical advisory report from 2018 and feature national, regional and local experts and housing providers.  Our full day program will host keynote speakers, interactive panel discussions, workshops and offer opportunity for housing and service providers to convene and engage with experts on this important topic. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. 
Parking is on-site for $10. The parking lot facility is ground level and easily accessible at 555 W. Temple St. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is a short walk from the Civic Center/Grand Park Metro station. 
7:30 AM - Doors Open for Breakfast & Civic Marketplace 

9:00 AM - Opening Remarks
  • Marty Borko, ULI-LA Executive Director
  • Kev Zoryan, ULI-LA District Council Chair; Managing Director. Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing
  • David Waite, ULI-LA Land Use Leadership Committee Co-Chair; Partner, Cox, Castle, and Nicholson LLP
9:15 AM - Framing the Issue
  • Leigh M. Ferguson, Director of Economic Development, Downtown Development District of New Orleans (Co-Chair of 2018 ULI Advisory Service Panel on Los Angeles homelessness)
9:30 AM - Morning Keynote
  • Lewis C. Horne, President, CBRE in conversation with Dan Shea, Partner, Paradigm Investment Group
10:00 AM - Panel 1: Defining Demographics: Who & Why
  • Mike Alvidrez (moderator), External Ambassador & CEO Emeritus, Skid Row Housing Trust
  • Dr. Benjamin F. Henwood, Associate Professor of Social Work, USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging
  • Sen. Kevin Murray (ret.), President & CEO, Weingart Center Association
  • Dhakshike Wickrema, Assistant Senior Deputy for Mental Health and Homeless Advocacy, Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
  • Gary Blasi, Professor Emeritus, UCLA Law 
  • Kelli Bernard, LAHSA Committee former Chair, Co-Chair for Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness
Homelessness is now impacting more and more people, from students to the working poor to veterans in communities across California. In 2019, one study reported that almost 20% of California community college students experienced housing insecurity or homelessness within the past year.  This discussion aims to look at which groups are becoming unhoused quicker, and how all of us can use outside the box problem solving to stem the tide. What are the practical next steps in helping individuals navigate the transition to permanent housing? How can land use professionals pair up with faith communities, school districts, property managers, and neighborhoods to better understand the needs and opportunities?
11:30 AM - Panel 2: Challenges of Creating Supply: Land Use & Finance
  • Tim Kawahara (moderator) , Executive Director, UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate
  • Angie Brooks, Managing Principal, Brooks + Scarpa
  • Charmaine Atherton, Senior Vice President, Community Development Banking, Bank of America
  • Michael Parks, President & CEO, Flyaway Homes
  • Dora Leong Gallo,  President & CEO, A Community of Friends
  • Tricia Keane, Deputy Director, Los Angeles City Planning Department
Building shelter, whether permanent supportive with wrap-around services or a bridge shelter site, takes time and money in the Southern California region. But how can we reduce the costs of building all types of shelter, so governmental and philanthropic financial resources can better serve the goal of getting the unhoused back inside? What can we do to  bring immediate assistance to house those that are currently living on the streets? This discussion will lay out the land use approval challenges and financial hurdles that we must address and alter to dramatically increase the amount of shelter created in the coming year.
12:45 PM - Lunch, Civic Marketplace, Join Your Workshop

1:15 PM - Workshops
  • Innovations in Design and Construction
  • Finding and Maximizing Available Sites
  • Finance Solutions
  • Expediting Land Use Approvals
2:30 PM - Workshops Finish; Return Back to Main Room

2:45 PM - Closing Keynote, Call to Action & Next Steps
  • Introduction: Kayo Anderson, Minister of Culture, LA Community Action Network
  • Daniel Dart, DEC Projects
  • Thank you & Next Steps: David Waite & Marty Borko 
3:30 PM -  End


The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 555 West Temple Street Los Angeles, CA 90012-2702 UNITED STATES

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