We are eagerly anticipating our first webinar of the year. This webinar will break down some of the misconceptions the public might have about affordable housing, discuss why we all should be advocating for more of this type of housing intervention, and give examples of communities that are promoting affordable housing.

We have an excellent lineup of speakers that will have all leave saying, “Yes in My Backyard”. Learn more about them below and see you on Thursday at 3pm!

Laura Foote
Laura Foote became a housing activist in 2014, when she became one of the key founders of the YIMBY movement. As Executive Director of YIMBY Action, Laura has grown the organization into a thriving grassroots political organization of thousands of volunteers. As of 2021, YIMBY Action has over 3000 supporters nationwide and is made up of nearly 20 chapters in cities across the country. Laura is widely recognized as an authority on effective housing activism in the US. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College.
Christina M. Holt, M.A.
Christina works to give people tools to change the world — and to measure progress along the way.
Christina specializes in capacity building for community change and improvement and supporting evaluation of community-based efforts. At the Center for Community Health and Development, Christina directs the Community Tool Box, a free global resource which offers 7,000 pages of practical guidance for creating change and improvement, and leads development of the Community Check Box Evaluation System. Christina has served as a speaker and technical consultant for groups including the World Health Organization, World Bank, United Nations, and the Institute of Medicine.
Christina’s experience includes facilitating community processes, including community health assessment and community health improvement, providing technical assistance and training on core competencies for community health and development, and supporting data collection and analysis for community research and evaluation. Christina’s passion is helping people make a difference on socially important issues.
Christina received her master’s degree in Human Development (Child and Developmental Psychology) from the University of Kansas.

Johnathan Duncan
Johnathan Duncan is a leader with KC Tenants. As a young veteran, he was part of the longest continuous deployment of any United States military unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom. When he came home noticed he needed help but help wasn’t there; not at Kansas University and not at the Veterans Administration, they did not have enough mental health providers to see him for the next three months. With the support of fellow veterans he was able to access mental health services where he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These vital services saved Johnathan’s life, but he knows many other veterans never have access to these services. Continuously, our society funds war profiteers and ignores veterans living with the long-term trauma of war. This trauma forces veteran into homelessness– veterans make up 6% of the U.S. population and 8% of the homeless population. Johnathan joined KC Tenants North Star Campaign Team where he has found people who believe in people over profits and are working to create a better future.