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Housing Affordability in the Coachella Valley: A Candidate’s Forum

Wed Oct 12, 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Lift to Rise and Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) are partnering to host Housing Affordability in the Coachella Valley: A Candidate’s Forum on Wednesday, October 12 from 6pm – 7:15pm.

The virtual forum will feature both candidates running for California Assembly District 47, Christy Holstege and Greg Wallis, and will be moderated by a member of the press. Candidates will be asked to speak about their plans for addressing the housing affordability crisis in the Coachella Valley, one of the most salient issues among voters in the upcoming election. We invite members of the Coachella Valley community, affordable housing advocates and practitioners, and anyone interested in the AD-47 race to attend. Forum attendees will be given the opportunity to ask the candidates questions after the moderated portion.


About the hosts:

Lift to Rise is a non-profit organization based in Palm Desert that convenes a network of over 60 cross-sector partners, known as the Housing Collaborative Action Network (CAN), organized around radically increasing the supply of affordable housing in the Coachella Valley. The Housing CAN’s members include elected officials and staff from all nine Coachella Valley cities and Riverside County, residents and community-based organizations, affordable housing developers, and community development financial institutions. Together Lift to Rise and the Housing CAN have built We Lift: Coachella Valley’s Housing Catalyst Fund, a revolving loan fund that blends public and private capital to deploy low-interest, flexible loans to spur affordable housing development. The Fund recently secured a $15 million allocation from the California state budget with the support of Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (AD-56). Lift to Rise also implements United Lift, Riverside County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, in partnership with Riverside County and Inland SoCal United Way. Since June 2020, United Lift has disbursed $250 million in rental and utility assistance to upwards of 100,000 low-income renters in Riverside County who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) is a membership association, founded in 1985, that supports and advocates for those who develop and sustainably operate affordable housing. SCANPH is uniquely situated to identify, prioritize, strategize, and lead policy efforts that are designed to create an environment conducive to affordable housing development. They are measured by their ability to serve low-income residents of the Southern California region by securing critical public subsidy funds for new affordable home development, and by their ability to make their members more effective developers amidst funding and resource challenges.