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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Annual Meeting 2019 - Affordable Housing as a tool for Neighborhood Revitalization

Three decades ago, George H. W. Bush was elected president. A gallon of gas cost less than a dollar. If you went to see “Die Hard,” “Rain Man” or “A Fish Called Wanda,” your movie ticket cost $3.50. The median price of an existing home was $90,600 and the average annual income was about $24,000. And in 1988, Habitat for Humanity Capital District was founded as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

On Wednesday, May 15, the Albany Roundtable will welcome Christine Schudde, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Capital District to discuss “Affordable Housing as a tool for Neighborhood Revitalization” at the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting.

The event is open to the public and will be held at the University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The meeting will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will feature a social hour with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a short update on the Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon Series, the presentation of the Good Patroon Award, the presentation the Albany Roundtable Scholarship for Civic Leadership, and a discussion of Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to promote neighborhood revitalization. Tickets are $40 and include light fare and open bar.

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity International began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The farm’s commitment to racial justice, complete equality and shared generosity laid the foundation for Habitat’s model of partnership housing. Habitat has since grown to become a global nonprofit housing leader.

Habitat welcomes people from all walks of life to partner in serving families in need and creating a better community for everyone. Habitat for Humanity affiliates are local Habitat for Humanity organizations that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International. Each Habitat affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its area.

Habitat for Humanity Capital District’s service area includes Albany, Rensselaer and Southern Saratoga counties, where they have built over 130 homes in partnership with local families.

“The Albany Roundtable has fostered civic engagement across disciplines – and over lunch – since it was founded in 1979,” said Christopher Burke, president of the all-volunteer 501c3 corporation. “We convene our monthly luncheon meetings so people from around the region and from all walks of life can gather to hear speakers with diverse viewpoints on timely subjects. We hope our annual meeting’s speaker will inspire us to create strong, productive and mutually-beneficial partnerships with like-minded organizations in service of a common vision – a community where everyone has a decent place to live.”

The Albany Roundtable’s previous Visiting Speakers have included Daniel D’Oca (The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion); Dr. Larry Paska, executive director of the National Council for the Social Studies; Matt Tomasulo, “Chief Instigator” behind Walk [Your City];  Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, author of Urban Alchemy: Finding Joy in America’s Sorted Out Cities; Kaid Benfield (People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities); Jeff Speck (Walkable City); John Norquist (CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism); Janet Flammang (The Taste for Civilization); Colin Beavan (No Impact Man), Jaime Correa (planner, architect and professor at the University of Miami) and others.

Tickets for the reception must be purchased by Friday, May 10. For more information, visit, email or call 518-992-5360.