2018 Annual Conference


Housing Empowers

Empower Missouri is dedicating the 2018 Annual Conference to the impact of affordable housing. Check back to this page for updates on program, registration, and sponsors. Now accepting workshop proposals and sponsors. #HousingEmpowers

Keynote Speaker:

[featured_person name=”Tara Reghuveer” image= “/uploads/2018/08/TaraRaghuveer.jpeg” description=”Kansas City Eviction Project Director”]
Tara is the founder and director of Kansas City Eviction Project, a collective of researchers, organizers, neighborhood leaders, lawyers, and policymakers, aiming to advance a radical housing justice agenda and build political power with people affected by housing injustice in KC. She is also the housing campaign director at People’s Action, a multiracial working class organizing network of more than one million grassroots leaders, with 48 member organizations and 600 local staff across 30 states. In 2018 the campaign is focused on developing a housing justice policy agenda, building grassroots power to fully fund HUD, and making housing an election issue in municipal races. Prior to joining People’s Action, Tara was the Deputy Director of the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), representing the nation’s 37 largest immigrant rights organizations. Tara has been featured in outlets such as the New York TimesThe New YorkerWashington Post, and NPR. She has also written for TIME, VICE, and TruthOut. Her research on eviction and poverty in Kansas City is cited in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted. Tara graduated from Harvard College. She is an Australian-born, Indian-American immigrant who came to the US with her family in 1995. Tara lives in Chicago. 

Breakout Session Workshops:

First Session
Workshop Presented by:
Building Relationships and Creating Community: Social Work in Public Libraries Jason Pearl
Amanda Balabon Landayan
Homes For All: Building Power Through Struggle Michael Schultz
Shuron Jones
Sunni Hutton
Myisha Johnson
Housing and Homelessness: Why Racial Equity Matters Marqueia Watson
The Affordable Housing Crisis: Effective Advocacy in the Struggle for Solutions Justin Godard
Second Session
Workshop Presented by:
Creating True Housing Choice in the HCV Program Janie Oliphant
Housing is Health Jamie Matney
Kate Resch
Debbie Adams
Race & Real Estate: Displacement in the Urban Core Angela Martellaro
Data and Organizing for Housing Justice Tara Raghuveer
Kalila Jackson
Robert Swearingen


Scholarships were available upon application, application time period is now closed. Click here to apply.


You and/or your organization can show your support for affordable housing and policies that ensure fair and adequate housing by sponsoring our conference and contributing to our scholarship fund.

November 17, 2018
12:00 AM
David H Hickman High School
1104 N Providence
Columbia, MO 65203
For overnight accommodations: Holiday Inn Executive Center Call 573-445-8531 and reference Empower Missouri 2200 I-70 Dr. SW Columbia, MO 65203
Thanks to Our Sponsors