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At What Price? The Hidden Costs of Housing in Texas
Thursday, February 06, 2020 to Saturday, February 08, 2020
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At What Price? The Hidden Costs of Housing in Texas
February 6-8, 2020 | Waco, Texas

Texas communities are among the fastest-growing in the nation. While direct housing costs are increasing in both the rental and sale markets, indirect costs, such as property taxes, can make it hard for homeowners to stay in their homes. The cost of housing is interconnected with tax laws, land use, transportation plans, schools, health, economic growth, and job creation. It is also interesting to know that past and present housing policies impact the social, equitable, and financial fabrics of our communities. The Hidden Costs of Housing In Texas meeting explores those issues and aims to identify what Texas cities can do to avoid the housing problems impacting other communities. 

In conjunction with this meeting, The Texas Lyceum will also host The Texas Lyceum 2020 Poll Press Conference and the Class of 2020 New Director Orientation and Investiture Ceremony. 

Registration Information

Alumni/Guest Full Conference - $250

Alumni/Guest Evenings Only (Includes reception on Thursday and dinner Friday night) - $100
Registration Deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020

Cancellation and Refunds: Cancellation requests must be submitted by email to [email protected]. A $75 cancellation fee will apply for each cancellation received after January 20, 2020.



Hotel Information 

In the spirit of truly experiencing the impact and importance of housing, we have arranged several creative opportunities during your stay in Waco. There are several hotels and Airbnb options in Waco, Texas, click here to review all options. No events will take place at any of the host hotels.

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, February 6
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: The Texas Lyceum Class of 2020 Orientation
2:30 - 3:30 pm: The Texas Lyceum 2020 President and Class of 2020 Investiture
4:00 - 6:00 pm: Thursday Poll Press Conference & Discussion with Poll Experts
6:00 - 7:00 pm: Welcome Reception 
7:00 - 8:30 pm: Dinner on own
9:00 pm - 12 am: Hospitality Suite Open at Cultivate 7Twelve 

Friday, February 7
8:00 am: Continental Breakfast and Fellowship 
8:30 am - 3:00 pm: Panels & Sessions at Stratton Building (800 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701)

  • Welcome Remarks
  • History of Economic and Residential Segregation + Current Impact
  • Master Talk - Meaning of Home
  • Current Demographics, Stats, and Trends
  • Housing Fellow - Research Results 
  • All Housing is Local - Practitioners Perspective
  • Master Talk - Housing is Health 
  • Lunch 
  • Cities Housing Priorities - Mayoral Panel 
  • Master Talk - Housing is Education 
  • Ethics of Housing - Group Exercise 

3:10 pm: Depart to Site Visits; attendees can select one of the following (3:30 - 5:30 pm) 

  • Leaders Working to End Homelessness; North Waco, Church Under the Bridge
  • Public Housing Preservation and Development - Housing Authority’s Role in Housing; Public Housing Site undergoing redevelopment
  • Private Sector - Role of Private Sector in Housing - Workforce Housing; Stratton Building 

6:30 pm: Fireside Chat - Home is Where the Heart Is - US Housing Chiefs Talk Housing Texans from a DC Perspective
9:00 pm - 12 am: Hospitality Suite Open at Cultivate 7Twelve 

Saturday, February 8
8:00 am - 10:00 am: The Texas Lyceum Executive Committee Meeting
10:30 am - 12:30 pm: The Texas Lyceum Board of Directors Meeting 
Afternoon/Evening: Tentative Director-lead activities include the following. Please indicate your interest during registration.

  • Service Activity with Habitat for Humanity
  • Balcones Distillery Tour
  • Baylor/OU Basketball Game