More than 150 leaders from throughout the state are expected at the fifth annual San Joaquin Valley Affordable Housing Summit, “The Housing Connection: Housing as an Anti-Poverty Strategy,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at The Grand 1401 in downtown Fresno.

Hosted by the San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative, with support from the Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State and the California Coalition for Rural Housing, the summit will bring together elected officials, city and county agencies, community-based organizations, financial institutions, developers and advocates to discuss the role of housing as an anti-poverty strategy.

The summit will explore how the housing crisis in the San Joaquin Valley reaches beyond issues of affordability – crossing into and impacting community health outcomes, environmental impacts, transportation access, educational opportunities and community and economic development.

The San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative is a nonprofit organization that formed out of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley in 2009. The California Partnership is an unprecedented public-private partnership founded by the Governor’s Office in 2005. The collaborative addresses housing issues that affect low- to moderate-income households and communities in the San Joaquin Valley through housing and community development workshops and trainings.

Past summits have been held in Fresno, Stockton and Bakersfield, reaching 545 attendees. Community advocates and leaders new to housing are invited to learn more about housing as it relates to their own work.

Tickets to the summit are $100 and can be purchased online. Registration will remain open through Aug. 11.

For more information on sponsorship, exhibition opportunities and limited scholarships, contact Jenna Chilingerian, program coordinator, at

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