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At What Price? The Hidden Costs of Housing in Texas
Thursday, February 06, 2020 to Saturday, February 08, 2020
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At What Price? The Hidden Costs of Housing in Texas
February 6-8, 2020 | Waco, Texas

Texas communities are among the fastest-growing in the nation. While direct housing costs are increasing in both the rental and sale markets, indirect costs, such as property taxes, can make it hard for homeowners to stay in their homes. The cost of housing is interconnected with tax laws, land use, transportation plans, schools, health, economic growth, and job creation. It is also interesting to know that past and present housing policies impact the social, equitable, and financial fabrics of our communities. The Hidden Costs of Housing In Texas meeting explores those issues and aims to identify what Texas cities can do to avoid the housing problems impacting other communities. 

In conjunction with this meeting, The Texas Lyceum will also host The Texas Lyceum 2020 Poll Press Conference and the Class of 2020 New Director Orientation and Investiture Ceremony. 

Recap Video

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, February 6 

New Director Orientation and Investiture

Location: Z’s at the Curry (611 Washington Ave)

10:00 am - 2:00 pm: The Texas Lyceum Class of 2020 Orientation

Location: McLennan County Courthouse, Commissioners Courtroom (Room 114)

2:30 - 3:30 pm: The Texas Lyceum 2020 President and Class of 2020 Investiture

4:00 - 5:00 pm: Thursday Poll Press Conference & Discussion with Poll Experts
Moderator: Crayton Webb, CEO Sunwest Communications, Lyceum Director Class of 2018

The Texas Lyceum commissions an annual nonpartisan poll to better understand public opinion on the critical policy issues facing Texans and the Lone Star State.  The second release of the 14th Annual Texas Lyceum Poll conducted in 2020 is devoted to the attitudes that Texans hold on the topic of housing. The Lyceum will host a news conference featuring pollsters Daron Shaw, PhD and Josh Blank, PhD to discuss the poll’s public policy results, focusing on Texans’ attitudes about housing.   

This part of the survey will include measurements of Texans’ attitudes toward:

• Housing satisfaction, quality and affordability
• Homelessness
• And the impact of gentrification

Following the news conference, conference attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the results and methodology with the pollsters.

5:00 - 6:00 pm  Advocacy & Action in Housing:                               

Policy Experts Respond to Poll Results
Moderator: Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, President, University of Houston Downtown, Lyceum Director Class of 2007                  
Speakers: Ellen Troxclair, Senior Fellow, Think Local Liberty, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Andrew Aurand, Vice President Research, National Low-Income Housing Coalition
Amelia Adams, Community Equity Analyst, Texas Housers 
Raquel Favela, Senior Director, National Development Council

Location: Cultivate 7Twelve (712 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701)

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Welcome Reception

6:00 pm - 12:00 am UnDesign the Redline

This temporary exhibit, designed by designing the WE, will be open to conference participants and features powerful stories of individuals and communities affected by redlining and its legacy.

Dinner on your own

9:00 pm - 12:00 am: Hospitality Suite Open

Friday, February 7

Location: The Palladium (729 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701)

8:00 am:         Continental Breakfast and Fellowship                           

8:30 am          Welcome and Opening Remarks 
McLennan County Judge: Scott M. Felton

9:00 am           History of Economic & Residential Segregation + Current Impact
Speaker: Dr. Denise Fairchild, President/CEO, Emerald Cities Collaborative, Dr. Christine Drennon, Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology and Director of Urban Studies, Trinity University

 9:50 am           Master Talk: The Meaning of Home

Speaker: Brenda Mascorro, Executive Director, San Antonio Regional Alliance for the Homeless 

 10:00 am         Current Demographics, Stats, & Trends – Housing

Moderator: Tracey McDaniel, President, TIP Strategies, Inc.
Speakers: M. Ray Perryman, President/CEO, Perryman Group, Tom Currah, Chief Revenue Estimator, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

 11:00 am         Housing Fellow – Research Results

Moderator: Sarah Jackson, Vice President, Dallas Citizens Council and Texas Lyceum Fellowship
Speakers: Michael Migaud, Texas Lyceum Fellow, Texas A&M University 

 11:30 am          All Housing is Local – A Housing Practitioners Perspective 

Moderator: Mandy DeMayo, Community Development Administrator, City of Austin | Neighborhood Housing and Community Development 
Speakers: Adam Aschmann, Vice President & General Counsel, Tilson Home Corporation
Ray Miller, Assistant Director, City of Houston - Housing and Community Development
Debra Ann Guerrero, Vice President-Governmental Affairs, The NPR Group 
John Alexander, Chief Executive Officer, Waco Habitat for Humanity

 12:30 pm         Master Talk: Housing is Health 

Speaker: William Buster, Executive Vice President of Community Investments, St. David’s Foundation

 12:40 pm         Lunch

 1:15 pm           Cities Housing Priorities: Mayoral Panel  

A candid conversation with Mayors on how they are addressing housing affordability, homeownership, homelessness, equitable development, infrastructure, and transportation planning.                                                   Moderator: Rita Ossolinski, Program Director, NLC/Race, Equity And Leadership
Speakers: Mayor Ron Nirenberg, City of San Antonio
Mayor Dan Pope, City of Lubbock

 2:00 pm          Master Talk: Housing is Education

Speaker: Maria Aguirre-Borrero, Director of Community Initiatives,  Baylor University

2:10 pm           Ethics of Housing: Undesign the Redline  

Location: Cultivate 7Twelve (712 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701)

3:10 pm: Depart to Site Visits; attendees can select one of the following (3:30 - 5:00 pm)              

                       A) Faith LeadersWorking to End Homelessness
Speakers: Rabbi Gutow, Co-Director, NYU Religious Leadership and Civic Engagement Project
Dr. Stephanie Boddie, Assistant Professor of Church and Community Ministry, Baylor University, 
Jimmy Dorrell, Executive Director of Mission Waco in Waco, TX and pastor of Church Under the Bridge

                        B)  Public Housing Preservation and Development: Housing Authority’s Role in Housing 
Speakers: Michael Gerber, President & CEO, Austin Housing Authority
Milet Hopping, President & CEO, Waco Housing Authority
Mary-Margaret Lemons, President & CEO, Fort Worth Housing Solutions

                         C)   Private Sector: Role of Private Sector in Housing: Workforce Housing
Speakers: Sharone Mayberry, President, Mayberry Homes, Inc.
Cindy Lang, Vice President, Lang Partners

 6:30 pm           Fireside Chat: Home is Where the Heart Is - US Housing Chiefs Talk Housing Texans from a DC Perspective            

Speakers: Secretary Henry Cisneros, Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary Alphonso Jackson, Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

9:00 pm - 12 am: Hospitality Suite Open at Cultivate 7Twelve (712 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701)

Saturday, February 8

Location: Dr. Pepper Museum

Address300 S 5th St, Waco, TX 76701

8:00 am - 10:00 am: The Texas Lyceum Executive Committee Meeting
10:30 am - 12:30 pm: The Texas Lyceum Board of Directors Meeting 
Afternoon/Evening: Tentative Director-lead activities include the following. Please indicate your interest during registration.

  • Service Activity with Habitat for Humanity
  • Balcones Distillery Tour
  • Baylor/OU Basketball Game