National Month for Renters Press Conference And Kickoff To “The Doors of Make Room” Public Art Exhibition

 MEDIA ALERT

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Pamela Patenaude

U.S. Congressman and Housing Taskforce Co-Chair, Denny Heck (D-WA)

Allison Ladd, Deputy Director, DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Office of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author and Princeton University Professor, Matthew Desmond

Make Room Celebrity Ambassador, Gotham actor J.W. Cortes

RAISING AWARENESS OF THE 25 MILLION AMERICANS STRUGGLING TO PAY RENT

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 6, 2018 – On September 13th, as part of National Month for Renters, Make Room, Inc. President and CEO, Alazne (Ali) Solis, will be joined for a national press conference at Freedom Plaza by a team of notable champions in the crusade to end the rental housing crisis in America. U.S. HUD Deputy Secretary Pamela Patenude, Representative Denny Heck; Mayor Bowsers’ Deputy Housing Director Allison Ladd; Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016), Matthew Desmond; Make Room’s 2018 Celebrity Ambassador, Gotham actor J.W. Cortes; newly appointed President and CEO of NeighborWorks America, Marietta Rodriguez and Executive Director of Up for Growth, Michael Kingsella will brief the press on why they are standing alongside Make Room to elevate housing affordability on the national agenda for the 25 million Americans struggling to pay rent. (Cortes will attend Make Room’s Home, Health and Finance Expo and Symposium on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the National Building Museum where Desmond’s exhibit Evicted is currently on display.)  

The press conference will also mark the kickoff of “The Doors of Make Room,” a world-class public art exhibition in Washington, DC. Make Room partnered with the Clyde Fitch Report to commission 11 artists from around the country to paint 11 door sculptures, representing the 11 million households living one paycheck away from losing their home. One of the commissioned artists, Cathy Abramson of Chevy Chase, MD, will join Make Room’s CEO and its notable champions at the press conference to unveil her door “Kennedy and Colorado.” No other public art display of this kind has been done in DC since 2004’s “Pandemania,” a fun-spirited exhibition purely for entertainment. Now, Make Room is using the universal language of art to convey an urgent national message to policy makers across and the country.

What: NATIONAL MONTH FOR RENTERS Press Conference and

“The Doors of Make Room” kickoff

Who: U.S. HUD Deputy Secretary Pamela Patenaude

U.S. Congressman and Housing Taskforce Co-Chair Denny Heck (D-WA)

Allison Ladd, Deputy Director, DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author and Princeton University Professor, Matthew Desmond

Make Room Celebrity Ambassador, Gotham actor J.W. Cortes (Detective Alvarez)

When: Thursday, September 13, 2018

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Press Check-in: 9:30 a.m.

Where: Freedom Plaza

14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC 20004

RSVP to Media Contact: Zayda Rivera at zrivera@3LCommunique.com or 347-949-3365

 

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About Make Room, Inc.

Make Room, the nation’s leading organization working to address the rental housing crisis in America, gives voice to struggling renters and seeks to elevate affordable rental housing on the national agenda. We’re advocating for better policies and telling the stories of real families who can’t make rent today. Make Room’s goal is to engage 1 million renters on our online platform to send 1 million messages to elected officials by 2020. Home, Health and Finance is one way of reaching that goal while providing renters with needed resources aimed at improving their circumstances.