The day-long event featuring Secretary of Housing and UrbanDevelopment Andrew Cuomo will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. atthe Oakland Marriott City Center in downtown Oakland. Theconference will address the topic "Growth, Displacement andAffordable Housing: A Rural and Urban Perspective."

The event will focus on national and local strategies toincrease production of affordable housing and ways to improveaccess to financing for individual home purchases. The event wasscheduled by U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) in cooperation withthe Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Presentations will examine how cities and communities can formpartnerships with Fannie Mae, banks and housing developers toprovide affordable housing for those being displaced by rapidlyrising rents and home prices.

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