BEGIN:VCALENDAR PRODID:MFA Housing New Mexico Events VERSION:2.0 METHOD:PUBLISH BEGIN:VEVENT SUMMARY;CHARSET=utf-8:Housing affordability is a growing concern throughout the United States and around the world. This is also a global issue of growing concern. A recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that 330 million urban households around the world live in substandard housing or are financially stretched by housing costs, and that within a decade at least 1.6 billion people worldwide will struggle to obtain decent, affordable housing. Here in the U.S., for the 11.5 million extremely low-income households in 2012 there were only 3.3 million rental units affordable and available to them. Despite these staggering statistics, there are policies and actions that can help increase the supply of affordable housing and reduce the housing affordability gap globally and here in the U.S. On April 7, join HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and Enterprise Community Partners, for an evidence-based discussion on the challenges and opportunities for expanding housing affordability. This event will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders including researchers; real estate professionals and developers; financiers; planners; federal, state and local decision-makers; advocates and other practitioners to discuss the barriers that exist and steps that can be taken to address them. Register today to participate in this thought-provoking, interactive dialogue on one of the most pressing issues facing communities today. We also invite you to participate in the event via social media by following @HUDUSERnews and @PDRevents. We'll be tagging our updates with #housingopportunity. For more information and to register click here. Times are Eastern Daylight Time. DESCRIPTION;CHARSET=utf-8:Housing affordability is a growing concern throughout the United States and around the world. This is also a global issue of growing concern. A recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that 330 million urban households around the world live in substandard housing or are financially stretched by housing costs, and that within a decade at least 1.6 billion people worldwide will struggle to obtain decent, affordable housing. Here in the U.S., for the 11.5 million extremely low-income households in 2012 there were only 3.3 million rental units affordable and available to them. Despite these staggering statistics, there are policies and actions that can help increase the supply of affordable housing and reduce the housing affordability gap globally and here in the U.S. On April 7, join HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and Enterprise Community Partners, for an evidence-based discussion on the challenges and opportunities for expanding housing affordability. This event will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders including researchers; real estate professionals and developers; financiers; planners; federal, state and local decision-makers; advocates and other practitioners to discuss the barriers that exist and steps that can be taken to address them. Register today to participate in this thought-provoking, interactive dialogue on one of the most pressing issues facing communities today. We also invite you to participate in the event via social media by following @HUDUSERnews and @PDRevents. We'll be tagging our updates with #housingopportunity. For more information and to register click here. Times are Eastern Daylight Time. LOCATION;CHARSET=utf-8:HUD headquarters in Brooke-Mondale Auditorium and webcast online UID:20150407-536@housingnm.com URL:http://housingnm.org/events/ical/536 DTSTART:20150407T100000 DTSTAMP:20150407T100000 DTEND:20150407T130000 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR