The Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW
(course #AH908) Register Now!
Juan Williams, Author, Senior Correspondent and Political Analyst
for the Washington Post, NPR and Fox News
Join local and national leaders in the fields of housing, finance, community development, energy and transportation to build a shared vision of a new, more balanced housing agenda to support rental housing in America.
Rental homes can help to solve many of America’s most pressing problems:
- Providing homes for one out of three of all Americans — They are the homes from which families build their first savings, seniors and veterans find safety, and young people launch their lives.
- Supporting Smart Growth — They reduce the need to build additional roads allowing people to live near transit lines, and they support job growth and more vibrant local economies.
- Reducing energy usage — Rental homes are high density housing where greening initiatives can quickly reduce energy used by thousands of households.
- Producing good jobs in construction and property management.
Please join us to examine the kinds of policies that can best support these outcomes. Local and national leaders in the fields of housing, finance, community development, energy and transportation will help us to envision a new, more balanced housing agenda to support rental housing in America. We hope you can attend.
Who Should Attend: Policy researchers, real estate finance executives, affordable housing
developers, executive directors and senior management, and government policy affairs staff
Policy makers and practitioners know that a national housing policy that promotes
and preserves the widest range of choices requires preserving existing affordable
multifamily rental homes and creating new ones. The current larger housing crisis
will have a long-term impact on the rental housing market.
Hear from national policy leaders and practitioners as we explore
new approaches to preserving and developing these important assets, and the
benefits that these approaches can provide. The symposium will provide participants
opportunities to discuss and assess the state of a wide range of current and
proposed policies at the state, local and federal levels.
Strategically focused sessions include:
• Greening Rental Housing
• Tax Policy
• Smart Growth
• Private Sector Investment
• Regulatory Reform for Preservation
• REO Rental Housing
See the schedule to the right for further details and descriptions.
Presented by NeighborWorks® America. Produced in partnership with the National
Housing Conference, the National Housing Trust, Housing Partnership Network (HPN) and Stewards for Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF).
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Welcome and Opening Plenary
8:30 – 10:00
Seizing the Moment: From Crisis in Ownership to Opportunity for Rental
Kenneth D. Wade, CEO, NeighborWorks America
Eric Belsky, Executive Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University
An exploration of the new opportunities for affordable rental housing in light of the current crises in the financial and housing markets.
Response by CEOs of nonprofit developer/owners.
10:15 – 11:30
Setting the Agenda: How Rental Homes Help Solve America’s Greatest Challenges
Energy, Transportation, Tax, Financial Reform — all these topics will be “on the agenda” as the new Congress is called to order. This panel will explore how we can turn to non-housing legislation to support the rental housing agenda.
Doug Foy, DIF Enterprises
Shelley Poticha, Reconnecting America (invited)
David Reznick, The Reznick Group
Luncheon and Keynote
Juan Williams, Author, Journalist, Commentator
11:30 – 1:00
1:15 – 2:45
Policy Strategies to Preserve Housing Choice for American Families (concurrent sessions)
- Financial Reform — Tax credit equity and mortgage markets are in collapse. How can housing support the economic stimulus needed to recharge our economy? How can financial institutions retain a focus on rental housing? Where is the new generation of tax credit investors?
- Greening Existing Properties — Greening properties increases sustainability and reduces energy consumption. New legislative initiatives in energy could generate resources for new levels of efficiency.
- New Strategies for Producing Family Housing — Is it possible to define a new asset class for service enriched housing that could attract new public and private resources for rental housing?
- Preserving Existing Housing — Proposed legislation and regulatory reforms are ready to be launched in a new Congress to ease the preservation of existing affordable apartments.
- Resources for Growing Rural Markets — Panelists and participants will think first about the scale of what is needed to meet projected needs in America’s growing rural areas, and then focus on the hallmarks of legislation and policy to support the vision.
- Expanding Senior Housing with Supportive Services — Creative new policy strategies for senior housing tap into multiple streams of housing, medical and transportation funding.
Where Do We Go From Here?
3:00 - 4:00
At the end of the symposium, commentators and audience members will discuss observations from the day, focusing on the policies where housing plays an important role to help solve America’s pressing challenges.