City of Vancouver chosen to participate in national problem-solving session

Issue will be affordable housing, health

VANCOUVER – Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and the city of Vancouver have been selected to participate in a national problem-solving session on affordable housing and health. “The Mayors’ Institute on Affordable Housing and Health: Advancing City-Level Strategies to Generate Sustainable Solutions” will take place April 2-4 in Detroit and is sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC).

“We’re honored to be among the city’s selected to bring our insights and ideas to addressing affordable housing to the national table,” said Mayor McEnerny-Ogle. “We look forward to gathering best practices and innovative solutions from other cities and organizations who are leading the nation in addressing the complex challenge of affordable housing.”

In addition to the city of Vancouver, the five other cities selected to attend, include: Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Detroit; Duluth, Minnesota; Lawrence, Massachusetts; and Providence, Rhode Island.

Mayor McEnerny-Ogle will be joined by a team representing some of Vancouver’s social service and community health organizations, as well as the city of Vancouver:

  • Peggy Sheehan, Community and Economic Development Program coordinator, city of Vancouver
  • Meghan McCarthy, system director Community Health, PeaceHealth
  • Roy Johnson, executive director, Vancouver Housing Authority
  • Dan Valliere, executive director, REACH

Sponsored by NLC in partnership with NeighborWorks America, the session brings local leaders together for a solutions-oriented, peer-to-peer learning and capacity building experience, exploring ways cities can advance affordable housing strategies that ultimately improve health outcomes.

Mayors will also be joined by leaders and experts from some of the nation’s leading housing and health organizations and philanthropic foundations. NLC’s well-established Mayors’ Institute model stimulates and supports city-level progress by fostering a rich exchange of ideas among mayors, city staff, community partners, prominent researchers, practitioners and other national experts.

About the National League of Cities

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. The Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, a special entity within the National League of Cities, helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of the children, youth, and families in their communities.

About NeighborWorks America

For 40 years, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., a national, nonpartisan nonprofit known as NeighborWorks America, has strived to make every community a place of opportunity. Our network of excellence includes more than 245 members in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

NeighborWorks America offers grant funding, peer-exchange, technical assistance, evaluation tools and access to training, as the nation’s leading trainer of housing and community development professionals. NeighborWorks network organizations provide residents in their communities with affordable homes, owned and rented; financial counseling and coaching; community building through resident engagement; and collaboration in the areas of health, employment and education. In the last five years, our organizations have generated more than $34 billion in investment across the country.

For more on Affordable Housing and Health visit Affordable Housing & Health: City Roles and Strategies for Progress.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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