ILL-HOUSED: THEN AND NOW
Thursday, November 3, 2022, 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT
Join the Living New Deal’s NYC Chapter on Thursday, November 3rd at 8pm EST for a virtual roundtable discussion on New Deal housing programs and policies and their implications for today’s housing challenges.
In his 1944 speech affirming a Second Bill of Rights, President Franklin D. Roosevelt named housing as a basic human right, and the New Dealers grounded their commitment to public housing in that fundamental idea. What can we learn from their efforts? What policy goals and grassroots advocacy will be needed to realize that right today? And which are already underway?
Linking history with the present moment, the roundtable will go beyond abstraction and dive into a wide range of topics, including shortages, affordability, evictions, and homelessness – giving “teeth” to the principle of decent shelter for all as a fundamental and universal human right.
Adam Roberts is a policy and advocacy expert who currently serves as Director of Policy for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York, the trade association representing New York City’s architects. Adam previously worked as a political aide for the New York City Council, as a fundraiser for nonprofits and political candidates, and as a documentary producer for PBS. Adam’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from Johns Hopkins and Columbia Universities, respectively, both in political science. Adam is also active in New York politics, where he previously served as District Leader and State Committee Member, and recently ran for the New York State Legislature.
Gail Radford is Professor of History Emerita at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has published two books: Modern Housing for America: Policy Struggles in the New Deal Era; and The Rise of the Public Authority: Statebuilding and Economic Development in Twentieth-Century America.
Rob Robinson is a formerly homeless community organizer and activist based in New York City who also works with social movements around the world. Rob is the U.S-Canada Coordinator of the International Alliance of Inhabitants, composed of 12,000 members worldwide who support a Zero Evictions Platform. He is a regular guest lecturer at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and an adjunct professor of urbanism in the Design and Urban Ecology program at Parsons at The New School.
Samuel Stein is a housing policy analyst at the Community Service Society. Prior to joining CSS, he worked for such housing and labor organizations as Tenants & Neighbors and the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ. Trained as a geographer and an urban planner, he is the author of the book Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State.
Mason Williams is an assistant professor of leadership studies and political science at Williams College and the author of City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York, a New York Times Book Review editor’s choice. He is currently finishing a new book titled In Search of a Democratic City: Race, Inequality, and the Remaking of New York, a political history of rent regulation, school reform, and street policing in New York since the 1970s.