Ron Terwilliger to Present 14th Annual Dunlop Lecture at Harvard

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You’re invited! Join J. Ronald Terwilliger as he presents the 14th Annual John T. Dunlop Lecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on Monday, September 30.

Ron Terwilliger: Housing America’s Increasingly Diverse Population
14th Annual John T. Dunlop Lecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
6:00 p.m. ET – Monday, September 30, 2013
Attend in-person or via webcast 

The John T. Dunlop Lecture, supported by the National Housing Endowment, honors a distinguished member of the Harvard community in recognizing the contributions of Professor John T. Dunlop. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Economics Department and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor Dunlop was United States Secretary of Labor during the Ford administration. Previous Dunlop Lectures have been presented by several past members of the Terwilliger Center’s National Advisory Board including: Henry Cisneros, Bart Harvey, the late Jack Kemp, Senator Mel Martinez, and Jonathan Reckford.

A respected business leader and strong supporter of affordable housing in the U.S. and around the world, J. Ronald Terwilliger is chairman of the Terwilliger Center for Housing, chairman of Enterprise Community Partners, and chairman emeritus of Trammel Crow Residential, the largest developer of multi-family housing in the United States.

Terwilliger, who is also past chairman of both the Urban Land Institute and Habitat for Humanity International, says that American housing policy needs to be seriously reexamined.  “The U.S. does not have a satisfactory housing situation today,” says the Harvard Business School alumnus.  “More than 20 million households in this country spend more than half of their income on housing.  The proper measure of whether we are doing our best to provide adequate housing for all Americans is not the U.S. homeownership rate, nor the homeownership subsidies that we provide, it is the cost burdens that Americans are shouldering.  And today, too many Americans are shouldering too much burden.”

Terwilliger adds that 70% of household growth in the next decade will be minority households, and most of this growth will be renters. Terwilliger’s remarks will highlight the growing needs and opportunities for housing America’s increasingly diverse population.

The Dunlop Lecture is free and open to the public and will also be webcast on the Joint Center for Housing Studies website. For information on how America’s population is changing, visit the Terwilliger Center’s recent release of “America in 2013.”