Forging Alliances between Environmental and Affordable Housing Interests

Washington, DC (May 1, 2002)- Jamie Ross, the Affordable Housing Director for 1000 Friends of Florida, discusses the value in connecting environmentalists and affordable housing advocates together under the smart growth umbrella. For over a decade, the efforts of 1000 Friends of Florida and its unlikely coalition of allies have contributed to the state leading the nation with its statewide dedicated revenue for affordable housing.

Ms. Ross explains what it took to make this happen and how that coalition continues today as a very real force in shaping state policy and spending on housing and smart growth. She highlights the recent defeat of the Governor’s proposal to divert housing funds to the clean-up of the Everglades and discuss the pivotal role that a smart growth organization can and should play to forge alliances between environmental and housing interests.
Listen to Forging Alliances with Affordable Housing.
About the Smart Growth Speaker Series
The Smart Growth Speaker Series hosts speakers on a monthly basis to describe this new development paradigm, explore specific approaches, to foster dialog, and identify opportunities for positive change in growth and development patterns. Event sponsors are the Smart Growth Network, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Building Museum. The series, which is free to the public, is held at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street N.W, Washington D.C. (Judiciary Square Metro). Registration not required.
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