Representative Anna V. Eskamani Releases Moderator and Panelist Line Up for Affordable Housing Town Hall

Orlando, FL — Florida State Representative Anna V. Eskamani will host a town hall tomorrow focused on the affordable housing crisis. Representative Eskamani will be joined by other local elected officials and leaders from our housing community.

Following remarks from our panelists, audience members will be able to ask questions and those watching the Facebook Livestream can ask engage with the conversation using the hashtag #AffordableHousingCFL.

The event will be moderated by Lydia Pisano, Former Mayor of the City of Belle Isle. Panelists include:

  • Anna V. Eskamani, District 47 State Representative, Florida House of Representatives
  • Representative Anna V. Eskamani is an Orlando native and daughter of working-class immigrants who has committed her life to advocating in support of Florida’s hardworking families. A community organizer with a proven track record in building consensus while fighting unapologetically for progressive values, Anna served as the Senior Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. She managed a team of six across 22 counties and is known across the nation as an advocate for women’s health and equality. In addition to her professional work, Anna is a PhD student studying Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. On November 6, 2018 Anna was elected to serve the great people of House District 47 with a vote margin of 57% to 43%, flipping a legislative seat, and becoming the first Iranian-American elected to any public office in Florida. During her first legislative session, Anna fought hard to increase funding for arts and culture, pushed back against anti-democratic legislation, and did her part to build collective power along the way. Tough, authentic and unafraid, Anna is a progressive who has proven herself as a leader who works hard, delivers results, and gets things done.
  • Mayra Uribe, District 3 Commissioner, Orange County Government
  • Commissioner Mayra Uribe is a dedicated wife, mother, and business owner. She is a first-generation American born and raised in District 3 of Orange County. For nearly 8 years, Commissioner Uribe served as an aide to U.S Senator Bill Nelson, where she helped the citizens of Florida deal with issues they had with the military, FEMA, immigration, transportation, and labor matters. Commissioner Uribe has dedicated her life to help others by working with nonprofit (Catholic Charities, Christian Service Center, Healthy Start and Boot Camp for New Dads) charities and churches, as well as raising awareness for Central Florida’s homeless children and families through various campaigns and efforts. As a business woman, she understands the concerns of those calling Central Florida home. While the economy has strengthened for some, not everyone is feeling that their county government has done enough to address their needs. Commissioner Uribe has had the great pleasure of raising her family in this vibrant and diverse community. Her family, faith, and focus for our community’s future gives her the strength and encouragement to make a difference.
  • Mitchell L. Glasser, Manager, Housing and Community Development Division
  • Mitchell Glasser is the Manager for Orange County’s Housing and Community Development Division and is responsible for administering all the federal and state housing programs for Orange County, Florida. Some of those programs include the Community Development Block Grant, the HOME Investment Partnership, the Housing Choice Voucher program, and the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program. Mr. Glasser has over 27 years of experience with affordable housing and community development programs. He serves on various boards and is currently President of the National Association of County Community and Economic Development. Mr. Glasser holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University.
  • Kim Hiltbrand, COO, Cornerstone Tiny Homes
  • After receiving an Interior Design Degree from Seminole State College, Kim Hiltbrand began the second part of her career in the home building industry. During the economic downturn in 2008, Kim and her husband Brett, a licensed contractor, saw opportunities to build in the Bahamas and continued work there until 2014. Not long after returning to the US, they saw their first tiny home. Intrigued, Brett built a tiny home on wheels in their driveway and sold it before it was complete. During that time, it became clear to Kim and Brett there was a need for affordable homes that traditional builders were not able to fill. Because tiny homes on wheels are classified as RV travel trailers and permanent housing, Cornerstone worked with an engineer to develop a permanent tiny home on a foundation to meet the growing affordable housing demand. They developed a Florida Building Code compliant, 360 square foot home that qualifies for a mortgage to help ease the affordable housing shortage. Currently they work alongside municipalities and county governments to modify zoning and to reconfigure lot sizes to make these homes even more affordable. The most recent success was the passing of a tiny home zoning ordinance in the City of Longwood. Kim and Brett, along with the team at Cornerstone, continue to be a champion of the affordable housing movement and work diligently to bring tiny homes into a mainstream, accepted housing alternative.

The town hall meeting is set for 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. May 15th at One Blue Real Estate (5671 South Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32809).

RSVPs submitted after Wednesday, May 8 will be subject to an event waitlist, and press are encouraged to confirm their attendance with Lauren at Lauren.Cooper@myfloridahouse.gov.

The event has over 100 people registered to attend.

“Together, we seek to make Central Florida not only a thriving, vibrant community but one that is inviting to new and existing residents, where the promise of one’s future is not compromised by the regional housing market. I am excited to hear what perspectives our constituents have to share.” — Rep Anna V. Eskamani

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