the Program-At-A-Glance (PDF)
Program is subject to change.
1:00–4:00 p.m. Exhibit Setup
1:30–5:30 p.m. Conference Check-In
The Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium invites Housing Washington attendees to participate in a complimentary tour of Spokane’s affordable housing communities. Separate registration required. Learn more and sign up.
5:00–6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
Enjoy light treats while mingling with colleagues and exhibitors at this casual gathering and kick-off.
7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Conference Check-In
7:00–8:30 a.m. Morning Breakfast Jumpstart
Enjoy breakfast, engage in lively peer-to-peer networking and browse the Sponsor Showcase for exciting products and services.
Comments & Introduction:
Chuck Weinstock, Vice President, Community Development Banking, Chase
Nicolas P. Retsinas
Senior Lecturer in Real Estate, Harvard Business School; Director Emeritus, Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies
State of the Nation’s Housing
10:00–10:15 a.m. Beverage Break
10:15–11:45 a.m. Focus Sessions
Denny Eliason, Founding Partner, Alliances Northwest
Dan McConnon, Deputy Director, Washington State Department of Commerce
Bruce Neas, Working Families Project Coordinator, Columbia Legal Services
Foreclosures are still a reality. In follow up to last year’s analysis of the Foreclosure Fairness Act, our experts will present the most recent updates and the current status of this law, including a discussion on what the future of this program holds for residents of Washington state.
Presenter: John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng., Principal, Building Science Consulting Inc.
Asset managers looking for sustainable ways to reduce utility and other costs at their properties will find natural allies in the world of building science. Learn what is possible using building science techniques and the types of analysis that can be undertaken on new and existing buildings. Hear a review of strategies for the design and construction of new very low energy use, durable, easy-to-maintain mid-rise residential buildings and for improving the energy and durability performance of existing building enclosures.
Presenter: Eileen Fitzgerald, CEO, NeighborWorks America
Explore how communities may change over the next 20 years and how the community development field will need to adapt to meet the future. Topics include changes in demographics; how people will live and work; how those factors might impact consumer demands and housing choices; and strategies the community development field may employ to meet the changing demands of customers and communities.
Darlene Storti, Executive
Director, Northaven Independent Senior Living
Valerie Thiel, Principal, Sage Architectural Alliance
Jay Woolford, Executive Director, Senior Housing Assistance Group
This session will examine projects and creative
leadership not stopped by the barriers of regulations or too little
money. We’ll explore connected, vibrant communities and those who
inspired their organization to move forward. See how these
innovative approaches are raising the bar for the quality of senior
housing in our region.
Presenter: Paul Purcell, President, Beacon Development Group
Receive an interactive introduction to affordable housing development in today’s dynamic environment. This practical session is for anyone and everyone who wants, or needs, to develop their industry knowledge including the process, layers, market, and skills. It’s 101 + a little more.
Kim Herman, Executive Director,
Washington State Housing Finance Commission
Comments & Introduction:
Linda Elkin, Spokane Regional President, U.S. Bank
Friend of Housing Awards
Enjoy this lunchtime celebration featuring inspiring stories of remarkable accomplishments from people working in the public, private and independent sectors of the industry.
1:45–2:15 p.m. Happy Anniversary Social
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Housing Washington and the collective accomplishments of Washington’s affordable housing industry, while networking with exhibitors and colleagues.
2:15–3:30 p.m. Focus Sessions
Presenter: Preston Prince, Executive Director & CEO, Fresno Housing Authority
Sequestration has led to deep cuts in Federal funding for core
housing programs operated by Public Housing Authorities,
particularly the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs.
Hear insights into PHAs, including how they have been adapting, what
they are doing to keep the doors open, how they’re working with
families and what can be expected in 2014 and beyond.
Presenter: Alistair Jackson, CSBA, LEED® AP BD+C, Homes, Principal, O’Brien & Company
New performance objectives for affordable housing demands new knowledge, skills, resources and relationships. Bringing the right people to the team and using the right mental models will yield more reward for less dollars than any amount of equipment and technology. Learn what leading project teams do to produce high-performance outcomes – comfortable, healthy, affordable, durable and maintainable – and avoid the common pitfalls.
M.A. Leonard, Vice President & Pacific Northwest Market
Leader, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Panelists: Susan Duren, President, Washington Community Reinvestment Association
Leah Greenwood, Former Executive Director, Affordable Community Environments (ACE)
Ben Nichols, Vice President of Partner Sustainability, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Brett Sheehan, Board Member, REACH
Explore the very thoughtful process that ACE, a small nonprofit based in Vancouver, Washington, and REACH, a much larger nonprofit from Portland, Oregon, experienced as they merged to achieve greater mission focus and impact. Topics include why they chose to engage in the discussion; ACE’s strategy; the tough points in the negotiation; how they approached merging their housing portfolio; and the reactions from the community and their funders.
This session will cover the combination of short term tax-exempt bonds, 4% LIHTC and FHA financing. The presenters, who have worked on many transactions, will demystify this seemingly complex, but very attractive, financing structure by covering what it is, how it works and who should use it.
Presenter: Anne Duncan Cooley, Executive Director, Upper Valley Housing Coalition
When Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont in 2011, hundreds of mobile homes were swept downstream and thousands were suddenly homeless. Unprepared for such a disaster, a group worked to design an energy efficient mobile home alternative that would be more disaster resilient and less expensive to heat than a replacement mobile home. Inspired by the “Katrina Cottages,” the newly improved “Irene Cottages” balance affordability and energy efficiency goals. An initiative is underway to build these homes at a number of sites around Vermont. Learn more about the changes, the role of cottage homes and neighborhoods both pre-and post-disaster, as well as the future of the Irene Cottages.
3:30–3:45 p.m. Beverage Break
3:45–5:00 p.m. Focus Sessions
Presenter: Allison Brooks, Chief of Staff, Reconnect America
Transportation is the second highest expense American households face after the purchase or rental of a home. Yet, for decades, people have not factored in this significant cost when making housing decisions – a pattern that has contributed to suburban sprawl and identified by The Brookings Institution as contributing to the housing foreclosure crisis. Using case studies from diverse regions across the country, this session will focus on how diverse stakeholders from a variety of sectors are coming together to foster the implementation of equitable transit-oriented development in their respective regions. Hear about the current housing and transportation trends; policies and best practices; and transportation initiatives that strive to create truly complete communities.
Construction and design flaws can frequently be found during
inspections. These flaws often turn into ongoing and unnecessary
maintenance issues. This show and tell session will review examples
of great ideas that turned into more work and higher maintenance
Presenter: Sheri Koones, Author & Journalist
Hear some of the reasons to construct homes using prefabricated construction and how these prefab methods have resulted in greener structures than most site-built ones. Examples will be provided showing some of the most efficient prefab houses in the U.S., along with a review of the variety of prefab methods used to build them. Learn different ways used to save energy and build more environmentally friendly and healthy.
Presenter: Nan Roman, President & CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness
Permanent supportive housing – housing with permanent rent subsidies and supportive services – is an evidence-based solution to chronic homelessness. It is being used for other populations as well. This session will briefly review the history of permanent supportive housing, and various models including Housing First. Join in a discussion of opportunities and challenges for the future in the context of budget cuts, health care reform, and the federal commitment to end chronic and veteran homelessness.
Presenter: John Mitchell, Economist, M&H Economic Consultants
The 2007-2009 recession impacted housing and public behavior. While the housing sector may be recovering, it’s coming back in an altered state. As policymakers face different budget constraints, housing’s favored status is under pressure. Adding to this instability, today’s generation may think differently about housing after the recent economic downturn. This session will cover the prospects for the national and regional economies along with the implications for housing.
5:30–7:00 p.m. Performance Prelude
Location: Grand Pennington Ballroom, The Davenport Hotel
Start the laughs before the show at this festive reception. Rub elbows with friends and colleagues while enjoying delectable hors d’oeuvres and no host beverages.
7:30–8:30 p.m. Capitol Steps: An Exclusive Performance
8:35–9:05 p.m. Shuttle From The Bing Crosby Theater To DoubleTree By Hilton
7:00 a.m.–Noon Conference Check-In
7:00–8:30 a.m. Morning Breakfast Jumpstart
Enjoy breakfast and a final visit with exhibitors at the Sponsor Showcase.
Jan Laskey, Senior Vice President, Community Development, Bank of America
Avi Friedman, Ph.D.
Professor; Director, Affordable Homes Research Group, School of Architecture, McGill University
Affordable Housing Around the World
9:45–10:00 a.m. Beverage Break
10:00–11:00 a.m. Focus Sessions
The Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission has released its report exploring the importance of housing to the economy, communities and families; describing the challenges we face today and in the future; and providing a set of key national recommendations. This session will discuss the Commission’s innovative and focused deliberations and recommendations, and reflect on how this information might be useful in Washington state and the nation.
Presenter: Derek Johnson, LEED® AP, Superintendent, Walsh Construction Company
Truly affordable projects far exceed code. They are durable, healthy, and efficient, built with regard to our place in the world. The AMP Initiative is a method that applies to Renovations and New Construction. It uses a total cost approach, providing the best choices at the earliest opportunity.
Rachael Myers, Executive Director, Washington Low Income
Panelists: Nick Federici, Government Affairs Consultant
The Honorable Michael Baumgartner, State Legislator, Washington State Senate (6th District)
The Honorable Marcus Riccelli, State Legislator, Washington State House of Representatives (3rd District)
Join prominent leaders for a lively and interactive open forum discussion on Washington state’s 2014 housing agenda. This is your opportunity to hear directly from state leaders and advocates about recent and upcoming budget and policy issues that impact affordable housing.
Presenter: Melinda Giovengo, Ph.D., Executive Director, YouthCare
Using a continuum of care that best fits developmental needs of adolescents is the true intervention to prevent and end youth homelessness. Learn how YouthCare’s focus on education and employment is effectively re-engaging young people with mainstream activities so they enter young adulthood struggles on a level playing field.
11:00–11:15 a.m. Beverage Break
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Focus Sessions
Presenter: David Bradley, Executive Director, National Community Action Foundation
Learn the outlook for federal housing support in the era of fiscal cliffs, sequestration, partisanship and the changing role of government.
Presenter: Richard Duncan, MRP, Executive Director, Universal Design Institute
This session will focus on affordable housing other than multi-family and will discuss basic universal features that can be accommodated in a low-cost manner.
Presenter: Todd Herman, Co-Founder & Mobilizer, Crowdverb
Advanced – and expensive – digital tools abound, but when you’re on a budget, you need efficiency. Hear from a serial start-up CEO, former Microsoft executive and national political operative on the seven ways your organization can multiply the power of digital in a restrained cost environment.
Building on last year's discussion, this session brings together multifamily building industry professionals to present best practices and lessons learned in multifamily construction. Focus will be on the roofing and apartment decks with design tips; product information; installation best practices; and long-term maintenance guidance. Recommendations will be provided to help guide decision making from the perspective of cost, long-term durability, ease of maintenance and sustainability. Come learn new “Do’s and Don’ts” for your next multifamily rehab or new construction project.
Bryan Friend, Vice President, Community Development Finance, Union Bank, NA
Author, Poet & Filmmaker
An Urban Indian's Irreverent Look At The World