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WEBINAR – Trail Networks and Housing Stability Part 2: Affordable Housing Development

By: Rails-to-Trails-Conservancy WEBINAR
May 18, 2022

WEBINAR – Trail Networks and Housing Stability Part 2: Affordable Housing DevelopmentDownload

Trails provide substantial benefits for people and communities, but an important issue is whether these benefits impact property values and can contribute to gentrification.  RTC’s original research examines the relationship between trails and property values and guidance from experts on how to maintain housing stability and equitable access to trails. To learn more about RTC’s work on Trail Networks and Housing Stability, visit  

Our ‘Trail Networks and Housing Stability’ webinar series will convene experts from the fields of housing and community development to discuss the impact of trail networks on housing markets and best practices to promote and preserve affordable housing. Throughout the series, the focus will be on understanding the research and the approaches that can be implemented proactively, in partnership and with intention, to promote housing stability and address gentrification concerns. Moderated by Ryan Chao, president of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and previously the executive director of Satellite Housing, where he led the development of affordable housing communities throughout Northern California. 

For our second webinar in this series, we will bring together practitioners from the fields of affordable housing and real estate development to discuss their experiences integrating affordable housing with trails and how trail developers and housing providers can partner and learn from each other. 


  1. Maria Gonzalez, Executive Director, HACE 
  2. Samantha Meyer, Project Developer, Eden Housing 
  3. Nick Mitchell-Bennett, Executive Director, come dream come build 
  4. Ryan Chao, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (moderator) 

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RTC’s Trail Expert Network and Policy team produce a free webinar series designed to help trail professionals build, grow, manage, maintain, promote or otherwise support trails and trail networks. Sign up here to get webinar alerts.

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