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3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Conference Check-In
Remarks: Karen Miller, Chair, Washington State Housing
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Beverage Break
As the country recovers from recession and the bursting of the housing bubble, the way forward for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the mortgage finance system more broadly is a central question for housing. Join national experts to debate how we should reshape America’s housing finance system. This panel will offer a wide range of perspectives for a nonpartisan, highly engaging policy discussion. All options are on the table and many voices will be heard: right and left, for-profit and non-profit, public and private sector. Topics to be covered include: single-family mortgage finance, multifamily mortgage finance, Treasury’s options proposal and the perspective from Congress.
T2 Housing 101 Speaker Presentation
What everyone who wants or needs to develop affordable housing must know about the process, the players, the market, the skills and the vernacular. An interactive introduction to what it takes to develop much needed affordable housing in today’s environment.
T3 Tapping Untapped Resources: Foundations Speaker Presentation
As funds get tighter, developers, advocates and nonprofits need to seek additional untapped resources to fund valuable housing and advocacy programs. Foundations are one source, but how do you find the right foundation, apply for grants and tap into these funds for your program. Learn more from one of the region’s leading foundations.
T4 Asset Management: Owner and Manager Meeting of the Minds Speaker Presentation
Owners and managers with experience in nonprofit and for profit organizations share asset management tips to ensure the preservation of quality affordable housing. Asset management techniques and revenue sources for multifamily, senior, farmworker, rural development, tax credit, HOME, HUD and other types of properties will be featured.
T5 Understanding the New Foreclosures Fairness Act Speaker Presentations
Representative Tina Orwall, prime sponsor of the bill, will
moderate this panel. This will be an opportunity to hear an
early report on how the foreclosure program is going from the
people directly involved, including a discussion on the
implementation of that Act and how it will impact current
housing crisis in Washington state.
and Introduction: U.S. Bank
1:15 – 1:50 p.m. Networking and Dessert with Exhibitors
This annual session allows participants to interact with key legislative figures to voice concerns and learn more about the upcoming national political initiatives to preserve and promote affordable housing.
Senior housing is more than just walls. It is also about the services and support systems necessary to allow seniors independent living in their own homes and in the communities in which they currently live. Learn innovative approaches to identifying elders at risk through the nationally recognized Gatekeeper Program (which began in Spokane in 1978) and the programs and services, both active and needed in the future, to keep seniors at home today.
T8 Strategies to Grow and Improve Jobs in Washington Speaker Presentation
This session will present recent trends in wages, employment and income in Washington state. It will examine some of the factors driving the polarization of the workforce into high and low wage jobs and explore policy proposals to increase employment and raise incomes at low and middle ranges of the wage scale. Strategies will include proposals to address work force development and education, public infrastructure investments, regulatory streamlining and green jobs.
T9 Asset Management: Investor Expectations and Observations Speaker Presentation
Learn from both a major tax credit investor and an asset manager who watches over a 1,600-property portfolio. Presenters will share their best practices for asset management and preservation through all of the major stages of the lifecycle of a property.
T10 Successful Tenancies for Vulnerable Populations: A Canadian Perspective Speaker Presentation
Social housing is much more than simply housing tenants. Learn
about effective ways to create partnerships to deliver services
related to mental health and addictions, including case
planning, supportive independent living and more.
Representatives from BC Housing will reveal a service delivery
model that looks at a spectrum of programs and services and
invite discussion about the provision of services targeted at
specific tenant mixes in social housing projects.
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Beverage Break
T11 The Future of Housing Finance Reform Speaker Presentation
Hear how the near and long term political dynamics surrounding housing finance reform (including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the FHA, and Dodd-Frank implementation) may impact private sources of housing finance. The focus will be on the arguments for privatizing the housing finance system (Options 1 and 2 of the Obama administration's plan) and why they are poorly conceived. A review of some of the major reform proposals out there and their main features, plus a synopsis of American Progress’ proposal and its major features will be presented along with how the various proposals deal with certain important areas, including multifamily rental, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, rural housing and more. Also gain an overview of how different countries outside the USA deal with mortgage finance.
T12 Turning Brownfields into Homes Speaker Presentation
Brownfields represent an untapped land resource that can be made
ready for development with the proper cleanup and environmental
protection mechanisms. Learn how this has been done for housing:
how cleanup standards are addressed; how evolving cleanup
technologies can address soil and structural contamination; how
"institutional control" strategies such as encapsulation can
safely address environmental problems; how the federal-state
oversight partnership works to address liability and facilitate
brownfield reuse for housing; and case studies of housing on
former brownfields sites.
T13 Community Land Trusts Preserving Affordability Speaker Presentations
Community Land Trusts (CLT) provide affordable access to land and homes that lasts for generations. Public and private investments that make the home affordable for the first homebuyer remain in the property. At the same time that affordability is maintained, each successive homeowner builds equity. Fannie Mae, HUD, USDA, major mortgage lenders and a growing number of communities now recognize the advantages of having a CLT in the mix. CLTs have implemented award-winning projects that showcase cluster development in compliance with the best intentions of the GMA, are effective for revitalizing dis-invested areas, and can help low-income residents stay in their homes when neighborhoods gentrify.
T14 Minding Your P’s: Portfolio Preservation Practices Speaker Presentation
Moderator: Tracy Reich, Director, Community Programs,
Ever wish there was a checklist or guide to help you with your housing portfolio? Join us to learn about the City of Seattle’s new housing preservation guide that will help you analyze and restructure your properties and portfolio for long-term sustainability. Funded by the MacArthur Foundation and using industry expertise, this guide was constructed from real live case studies with input from local asset management practitioners. Presenters will walk you through the steps and processes for analyzing your portfolio and strengthening its performance.
T15 Intersecting Transportation and Housing Speaker Presentation
Hear an analysis of the average transportation costs associated with developments financed by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) using the Housing and Transportation (H+T®) Affordability Index. The study covered 248 developments containing 25,000 affordable housing units approved by the IHDA board from 2001-2008 in the Chicago region. Research focused on the geographic distribution of affordable housing developments, the level of access to jobs and transit, and variations in average transportation costs among development neighborhoods. The presentation concludes with actions that state housing finance agencies and developers can take to better target affordable housing to locations with affordable transportation costs, access to transit and high employment opportunity.
5:35 – 6:15 p.m. Shuttle to the Davenport Hotel
The beautiful, historic Davenport Hotel is the location for this year’s Friend of Housing Reception and Award Celebration. Join us for hors d’oeuvres and desserts served up with inspiring stories of remarkable accomplishments in affordable housing as we honor some extremely remarkable peers. Scheduled transportation provided. Hosted by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.
and Introduction: Bank of America
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Beverage Break
W1 Using GMA to Create Housing: Managing Hurdles Speaker Presentations & Handouts
Hear from Growth Management Act experts as they talk about the
legislation’s intent, and what local plans should include RCW's
and WAC's, Needs Assessment and Housing Element. Learn about the
legal standing, timing and "adequate provision," and about
overcoming the “presumption of validity” of local action and how
to do it. Presenters will discuss their experiences, criteria
and insight into why previous efforts failed.
W2 Biggest Bang for the Buck Speaker Presentation
A panel of building industry professionals will present the results of a recent survey of asset managers, facilities managers, architects, building consultants and contractors focused on four building product areas: flooring, plumbing, HVAC systems, and exterior wall assemblies. Panelists will present lessons learned and recommendations for resources to help guide future 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.
W3 Demystifying Housing in Tribal Communities Speaker Presentations
Washington state is home to 29 federally recognized tribes. Come learn about the exciting opportunities working in Native American communities. Presenters will provide an introduction to tribal governments, tribal housing development, financial leveraging and private and nonprofit partnerships. If you’ve ever wanted to better your understanding of tribal governments and tribal housing, this session is for you!
W4 Rural Development Speaker Presentation
Learn how to make small and big impacts in both Green Building
and Rehab projects for multifamily and single-family housing
projects. Presenters will share their success stories and best
practices on recent projects.
Join leaders from these two critical organizations for an open forum on Washington state’s housing agenda for 2012.
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Beverage Break
Providing a repeat performance, McBride is back to tell you more about the “new HUD,” its streamlined programs, sustainable initiatives, Choice Neighborhoods, placed-based delivery models, funding flexibilities, Transforming Rental Housing, “green” designs and more. What is this “new HUD” and what does it really mean for you and the communities where you work? Here a "no HUDs-barred" conversation about the “what’s” and “how’s” of where HUD is going and what it means to you, your organization, and most importantly, to the families, individuals and communities you serve.
W7 Half Way Through: The Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness Speaker Presentations
The session will provide an update on Washington’s homeless plan, the new disability lifeline housing program and the implementation of the new Consolidate Homeless Grant.
W8 Making Housing a Top Agenda Speaker Presentation
NAHB has a unique perspective on making housing a national agenda. Learn about initiatives from their national policy team on making both market-rate and affordable housing top-of-mind for national lawmakers. What is the future and where can we see the light given the current state of Freddie and Fannie and other lenders as the housing industry slowly recovers from one of the hardest times in recent history?
W9 Supportive Housing Speaker Presentation
Supportive housing is a successful, cost-effective combination of affordable housing with services that help people live more stable, productive lives. Supportive housing works well for people who face the most complex challenges, those individuals and families who are not only homeless, but who also have very low incomes and serious, persistent issues that may include substance use, mental illness and HIV/AIDS. This session will focus on the special population of seniors, and the opportunities and trends in supportive housing that serve this population.
Are you wondering what can be done with older properties to improve performance? A number of innovative strategies are being developed. One includes creating long-term cost savings to the bottom-line by making targeted utility improvements. Enterprise Community Partners, in partnership with the Washington State Housing Finance Commission are piloting a Green Retrofit program that recommends utility improvements, provides loan financing, and analyzes utility data for building owners. The pilot is one of several being completed across the country.
and Introduction: Union Bank, NA
HUD Assistant Secretary Sandra Henriquez and Region X HUD Administrator Mary McBride will host a special session post conference to discuss budget issues, the challenges faced by housing providers, and immediate concerns and needs. This is a great opportunity for you to talk about your issues in a more relaxed and informal setting with the Assistant Secretary responsible for setting policy for the public housing division of HUD.
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