The Right to Housing: Collaborations in Design, Finance and Local Policy Summary
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Challenges that limit access to healthy, stable and affordable housing are acute and complex. In order to respond to these challenges, collaboration is necessary. During the August webinar, AIA Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community's Emily Roush-Elliott will moderate a discussion with City of Houston Planner Lindsey Williams and FHLB Dallas' Greg Hettrick. The three will present projects that are responding to these challenges, their perspectives on the right to housing, and ways in which their organizations are collaborating with architects to maximize impact.
First Vice President and Director of Community Investment Greg Hettrick leads a team that is dedicated to providing grants to fund gaps in the financial structure of affordable housing, economic development, and community revitalization projects throughout FHLB Dallas' five-state District. Mr. Hettrick also has responsibility for the review, approval and policy direction of FHLB Dallas' three community investment advance programs. Prior to joining the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas in 2008, Mr. Hettrick spent 17 years with Bank of America, including 10 years with its Community Development Corporation and Real Estate Development Group in Dallas, Texas. Greg is active in the community, having served on the Dallas Mayor’s Affordable Workforce Housing Taskforce, the Ferguson Road Initiative Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors of the National Multi Housing Council. He is former chairman of the Dallas Community Development Partnership, and previously has been involved with The Real Estate Council, Urban Land Institute and Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas. He is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute, Texas Association of Affordable Housing Providers and the Mississippi Association of Affordable Housing Providers. Mr. Hettrick received his bachelor of science degree in finance and his master of business administration from the University of South Carolina. He speaks on a range of topics, including affordable housing development and redevelopment, applying for FHLB Dallas AHP grants and community investment.
Emily Roush-Elliott is a founding partner of the Delta Design Build Workshop (Delta DB). Delta DB is a social impact design build organization that builds equity through the built environment in the Mississippi Delta. The organization operates on the tenets that process is as important as product, waste is a social construct, and local leadership is necessary to realize impact. Projects include design, construction and development of healthy, affordable housing, capacity building alongside small municipalities and job training programming. Emily was awarded an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship (2013-2015) that brought her, along with her partner Richard Elliott, to the Mississippi Delta in 2013. Emily received a Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University. Her interest in socially impactful architecture solidified into a career path while studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina and while building homes in Biloxi, MS following Hurricane Katrina. Emily speaks regularly about Delta DB’s work at conferences and in academic settings. She has served on various juries, boards and committees which currently include the AIA Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community and the AIA Government Advocacy Committee.
Lindsey Williams serves as the lead planner for Sunnyside & Acres Home Neighborhoods for Mayor Sylvester Turner's Complete Community initiative for the City of Houston. With a diverse project management background and over a decade of experience in the architecture and construction industry, she combines her knowledge of the built environment with her passion for community-engaged design to implement development projects and programming in Houston's most underserved communities. In her position as an urban planner she led the City of Houston's community engagement and negotiations partnership efforts to create the first of its kind community benefits agreement with Rice Management Company for the Innovation District. In 2021 Williams was awarded an AIA Houston Presidential Citation for her work in leading and co-creating the Design for Impact initiative. Williams currently serves on the board of Directors for the AIA Houston chapter and the National Organization of Minority Architects Houston chapter. Williams is an active member of the steering committee for the AIA Women of Color and is a Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce Houston Black Leadership Institute graduate. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture from the prestigious HBCU of Prairie View A&M University. In 2006, she held the honor of serving as Miss Prairie View A&M University.