Health & Housing Solutions Summit Agenda


Tuesday, May 7, 2024

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Opening and Welcome

  • Alesia Frerichs, President and CEO, Lutheran Services in America

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address

  • Dennis Shea, Executive Director of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Center for Housing Policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center

 Dennis C. Shea is the Executive Director of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Center for Housing Policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). His past work with the BPC includes serving as a consultant to the organization’s blue-ribbon Housing Commission and its Senior Health and Housing Task Force. In these roles, he contributed to two landmark reports, Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy and Healthy Aging Begins at Home. During the Administration of President George W. Bush, Shea served as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Lutheran Services in America Member Panel: The Lutheran Role in Addressing Housing Insecurity


  • Jeff Lubell, Principal Associate and Director of Housing and Community Initiatives, Social & Economic Policy, Abt Associates

Lutheran Services in America members will bring to life opportunities for expanded housing solutions work across our network, reflecting on a landscape assessment commissioned by Abt Associates and their own experiences in community.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

National Expert Panel: Views on the Unique Role of the Lutheran Ecosystem


  • Jeff Lubell, Principal Associate and Director of Housing and Community Initiatives, Social & Economic Policy, Abt Associates


  • Ryan Brooks, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care
  • Candace Robinson, Capital Impact Partners
  • Michael Skrebutenas, LISC

Experts and thought leaders advancing housing solutions will share their insights on the ways the Lutheran Services in America network can leverage our unique faith-based approach to advance housing solutions. In a crowded field, where do we offer unique value? How can we best leverage partnerships? How can we draw others to invest in and join our cause?

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch (provided)

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Equity Walk: Understanding the Roots of the Housing Crisis

  • Facilitator: Allie Broxton, Lutheran Services in America

Building on our faith tradition, join us for an intentional exercise where we will explore the underlying attitudes, events, systems and policies that have shaped housing in America. We will emerge with a deeper understanding of how to ground our health and housing work in the lived experiences of diverse people and communities.

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.


2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Interactive Sessions: Working Together to Advance Housing Solutions

Building on the morning’s discussions, we will join in a series of two deep dive sessions on promising directions for shared housing solutions work across our ecosystem. These highly interactive sessions, focused on financing and partnerships will be an opportunity for small group work and large group discussion, ultimately setting the health and housing solution priorities for the Lutheran Services in America network.

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Wrap-up and Reflection

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.


Explore D.C.’s restaurant scene — there’s something for everyone! Join us for dinner and conversation with your peers as we share time together (pay on your own).

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Pulling through to Policy

Recap from day 1 and exploring emerging approaches through a policy lens.

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Shaping Policy to Expand Health and Housing 


  • Jennifer Angarita, Deputy Director, Funders for Housing & Opportunity
  • Peggy Bailey, Vice President of Housing & Income Security, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Alan Mallach, City Planner, Housing & Community Development, Researcher and Author
  • Kathy Stack, Former Deputy Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance and Labor, White House Office of Management and Budget

Explore policy implications of approaches discussed on day 1 through facilitated and informed discussion with peers and federal, state and local policy experts, with the goal of developing an initial set of recommendations that can inform further policy action. 

Discussions will focus on:

  • The faith-based role in shaping the policy landscape across federal, state and local levels to bring forward new solutions.
  • Identifying gaps to be addressed through policy.
  • Improving understanding of opportunities for partnership that consider data and financing.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Policy Insights to Inform Action


  • Peggy Bailey, Vice President for Housing and Income Security at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.


  • Julia Gordon, Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Hannah Katch, Senior Advisor in the Office of the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Federal, state and local policy leaders share insights on challenges and opportunities for spread and scale, including areas to build synergy and alignment.

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Federal Perspectives and Insights on Health and Housing  


  • Jennifer Argarita


  • Alia Fierro, Director, Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance, House Financial Services Committee Democratic Staff
  • Carol Wayman, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)

Representatives from Capitol Hill and federal agencies share insights on legislative and regulatory priorities and opportunities.

Noon – 12:15 p.m.

Concluding Remarks and Wrap-up

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Box Lunch (grab-and-go or stay)

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Optional Visits to Capitol Hill

The Lutheran Services in America advocacy team will arrange targeted visits to members of Congress. We’ll carry forward policies discussed in the Summit to support health and housing, as well as help arrange meetings for your organization’s needs.