HousingX Expert Speaker: Theo Henderson

We The Unhoused

Lived experience is key to informing the decisions and actions made in the affordable housing industry, especially the experiences of the unhoused. Theo Henderson knows exactly what it’s like to be on a housing waitlist for over 6 years. A college-educated former school teacher who found himself unhoused during the Great Recession, Theo has not allowed the condition of becoming unhoused to end his teaching. Instead, through his advocacy and We the Unhoused podcast, he has created new pedagogies that reflect the conditions of being without housing. People have the power to make change, but they need to be armed with the necessary knowledge to do so. Theo will share that knowledge at HousingX.

At HousingX, Mr. Henderson will speak about the importance of how we understand housing insecurity and housing solutions. His presentation draws attention to the structural causes of poverty, including racism and reminds us of the social and policy shifts needed to address such issues. Using his own experience of becoming unhoused, and the stories of other unhoused people, he will explain why a major problem with the narrative around housing issues is that it has been — and remains — guided by people who are housed.

Attendees will be presented with points that may make them consider how we are handling the unhoused in short-term solutions, rather than investing in long-term problem-solving conversations. Henderson uses a mix of audio clips and photographs throughout his presentation to demonstrate concepts of hostile architecture and policies that harm unhoused families, all while we are quick to avoid our own humanitarian crisis driven by NIMBYism.

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Co-Hosts and In-kind Sponsors

Virginia Center for Housing Research
AIA Virginia
APA Virginia

Presenting Sponsor

Virginia Housing

Title Sponsor

Dominion Energy

Champion Sponsors

Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg Foundation



Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health

Foundation Builders

Better Housing Coalition
Breeden Construction
Community Housing Partners
Home Builders Association of Virginia
LISC Virginia
LISC Hampton Roads
Newport News Economic Development Authority
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Virginia Governor's Housing Conference
Virginia Statewide Community Land Trust


Atlantic Union Bank
D3G: Dominion Due Diligence Group
Richmond Association of Realtors
Virginia Community Capital
Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association

Community Partners

Arlington Partnership for Afforable Housing
Gray Ryan Companies
Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Saunders + Crouse Architects
Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials

Virginia Housing Community Partners

Arlington Partnership for Afforable Housing
The Franklin Johnston Group
Harkins Builders
Habitat for Humanity Virginia
Klein Hornig LLP, Counselors at Law
The Lawson Companies
Mark-Dana Corporation
UrbanCore Construction


Wesley Housing

Reception Sponsor


Keynote Sponsor

Virginia Realtors

Experience Lab Sponsor

Ecovative Applied Building Science

Student Scholarship Sponsor

City of Richmond
Housing and Community Development

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