Housing is a Human Right: Visualizing a Continuum of Housing Options

Presented by
Sara Airoldi, Melissa Bird, Criss Clemens, Hannah Stone, Margaret Vailencour, Siv Spain, and Victor Nolet


Bringing together voices of those that work with housing issues or have experience with housing instability in our community. How does someone facing homelessness get from emergency housing to permanently affordable housing? How can we ensure housing options that work? What can the community do to lessen the gaps between services? What actions can be taken to create permanent solutions? Affordable housing and homelessness are urgent issues in our community and around the country. In order to house our human family we need to work together and uplift those struggling with housing stability.


About the Panelists

Sara Airoldi, NWYS, Whatcom Housing Programs Manager

Melissa Bird, nurse certified in case management and President of Road2Home

Criss Clemens, resident and first mayor of Unity Village, public speaker

Hannah Stone, City Council and Immigration Attorney

Margaret Vailencour, Family Community Services Coordinator/Homeless Liaison/Foster Liaison Coordinator, Lynden School District

About the facilitators

Siv Spain, Housing the Human Family working group, WHRTF

Victor Nolet, WWU, Woodring College of Education


Primary Audience

Adults: Community, Adults: Educators, Adults: Human Rights / Social Justice Professionals