Voices of Our City Choir to perform at Affordable Housing and Community Development Conference
The Voices of Our City Choir will be featured during the annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Conference being held this week.
Logan Byrnes sat down with Stephen Russell, Executive Director of the San Diego Housing Federation, to talk about the event.
The conference is the only in the County that brings together more than 500 of the region’s housing professionals and community leaders to share innovative approaches to the region’s affordable housing challenges. This year’s conference topic is Housing at the Breaking Point: Demanding Solutions.
The conference aims to raise more awareness on the need for more affordable housing in the region for lower-income families and the most vulnerable. It is an educational event where community members and housing leaders can network and share ideas.
One day prior to the start of the conference, there will be “Pre-Conference Institutes” that provide an overview of the affordable housing development process including feasibility, design and development, emerging trends, housing finance, policy and advocacy and supportive housing. The conference offers 19 different workshops covering different related topics.
There will be various keynote speakers including former Houston Mayor, Annise Parker, who is credited with making great strides in homelessness in her city.
There will also be a special performance at the conference by a one-of-a-kind choir founded here in town, Voices of Our City. The inspirational work of the choir serves as a reminder of the work that needs to be done, the people impacted by the crisis, and that solutions can come in many forms.
The choir was founded in 2016 by musicians Steph Johnson and Nina Deering. It provides a place for community building and gives a voice to San Diego’s homeless community, past and present. The choir showcases the abilities and powerful potential of every individual. They have become a performance ensemble that is in-demand, with sometimes 15 performances in a single month. One of their greatest achievements is that the choir has helped more than 27 of the unsheltered singers to secure their own housing. The choir looks forward to participating in the conference, as they also support housing solutions.