May 30-31, 2024 | Dallas, TX | Hyatt Regency

Revitalizing Communities: A Holistic Approach to Housing Amidst Crisis

In the face of a nationwide housing deficit exceeding 4 million homes, the complexities of this issue are compounded by intricate financial frameworks aimed at facilitating transactions. The aftermath of the pandemic has added a new layer to this crisis, intertwining with a mental health epidemic that inadvertently neglects the well-being of those in search of a home.

Alarming statistics reveal the urgent need for a paradigm shift:

• 1 in 20 U.S. adults grapple with serious mental illness annually.

• 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience mental health disorders yearly.

• 50% of all lifetime mental illnesses manifest by age 14, and 75% by age 24.

• Suicide stands as the second leading cause of death for individuals aged 10-14.

Living environments play a pivotal role in shaping the health of their occupants. Unfortunately, our current systems prioritize transactional aspects, sidelining human needs and experiences. The COVID-19 era has exacerbated behavioral and mental health challenges across all demographics, underscoring the necessity of housing that proactively addresses both physical and mental well-
being.

To build thriving communities for the long term, we must shift our focus towards creating stable environments that empower residents to progress in their life journeys. This requires a deliberate process that integrates evidence-based and trauma-informed design principles, guiding developers and designers to craft housing solutions that uplift and support residents. Join us in exploring this transformative approach to housing that goes beyond transactions, fostering
healthier and more resilient communities.

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