"Risking House and Home: Managing Catastrophe in the American Metropolis"
Seventh Annual Berkeley Conference on Housing and Urban Policy
Disaster and recovery policy expert Mary Comerio keynoted the Seventh Annual Berkeley Conference on Housing and Urban Policy, held Friday, March 24th, 2006 in the Wells Fargo Room at the Haas School of Business on the Berkeley campus.
The annual conference attracted an audience of over 150 housing and community development professionals, government officials, advocates, faculty and students.
The conference featured speakers from numerous sectors (academic, research, government, foundation, finance, charity and nonprofit) discussing issues under the general theme "Risking House and Home: Managing Catastrophe in the American Metropolis." In addition to the keynote address by Professor Comerio, and a featured presentation by noted author and planning scholar Lawrence Vale (MIT), conference panels and speakers examined disaster preparedness, emergency shelter, recovery and the disadvantaged, and government financial policies concerning rebuilding. Panels and presentations were conducted in facilitated roundtable fashion, affording ample opportunity for substantive exchange between speakers and audience members.
While this year it particularly commemorated the centennial of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire and addresses issued made prevalent by recent disaster experience, this annual conference honors the memory of Don Terner, a pioneer and innovator in providing housing, who led California's Department of Housing and Community Development and who was a major force in improving housing opportunities for all citizens.