Raise the Roof 2020


U.S. based adults with disabilities to learn and become more effective in changing housing policy, early career professionals with disabilities that would like to build credentials in housing, or adults with disabilities who are curious about how housing gets built. This program will cover the 6 sessions listed below from 10:30am-12pm PST via Zoom (video conference), our welcome meeting is scheduled for August 19, 2020 and a closing celebration on November 18, 2020. Application deadline is July 26, 2020 at 11:59pm. No previous housing knowledge is necessary.


Date: August 26, 2020
Time: 10:30AM – 12PM PST
Health Outcomes and Housing
Home Based Settings and Services

Housing is Access and Design
Date: Sept. 9, 2020
Time: 10:30AM – 12PM PST
Universal Design
ADA Requirements​

Housing is Policy
Date: Sept. 23, 2020
Time: 10:30AM – 12PM PST
Zoning and Land Use
Funding and Budget Priorities​

Housing is Money
Date: Oct. 7, 2020
Time: 10:30AM – 12PM PST
Affordable Housing Finance 101
The Role of Developers​​

Housing is Social Justice
Date: Oct. 21, 2020
Time: 10:30AM – 12PM PST
Learning from Our Past
Racial and Economic Justice​

Housing is Advocacy
Date: Nov. 4, 2020
Time: 10:30AM – 12PM PST
Strategic Storytelling
Platforms for Change


Train and Cultivate
people with disabilities to be informed, effective voices, and leaders in housing development and advocacy.

Build a Talent Pool
for the housing industry to have a pipeline of disabled people for staff, board members, and pro-housing community members.

Create Free, Accessible Content
that can be used by other organizations to increase the supply of affordable, accessible, and inclusive housing.​



  • Hablo Rodríguez Díaz, A Way Home America
  • Marisa Corriea, The Health Trust
  • Jorge Wong, Ph.D., The Health Trust
  • Julia Bascom, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
  • Emily Jones, Assoc. AIA, WRNS Studio
  • Eric Harris, Disability Rights California
  • Christ Downey, AIA, Architecture for the Blind
  • Jenn Chang, Common
  • Yusef Freeman, Jonathan Rose Companies
  • Capri Roth, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC)
  • Carol Galante, Turner Center for Housing Innovation
  • Tomiquia Moss, All Home
  • Valerie Novak, Center for American Progress
  • Cathleen O’Brien, Access Living
  • Tyrone Buckley, California Department of Housing
  • Denise Wint, EAH Housing


  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN): A special thanks to ASAN for also consulting on plain language for each of the modules.
  • State Council on Developmental Disabilities

Community Partners

  • Housing California
  • SV@Home
  • Bay Area Council
  • Disability Organizing Network
  • Lanterman Housing Alliance
  • ULI San Francisco
  • Nonprofit Housing of Northern California

Sign up for the class of 2020 has closed. Are you interested in participating or have questions about the program? Email us at RaiseTheRoof@thekelsey.org