NLIHC has a long tradition of hosting HUD secretaries of both political parties to speak and engage with affordable housing advocates and practitioners at its annual housing policy forum. NLIHC has invited HUD Secretary Nominee Dr. Ben Carson to speak at this year’s forum, “Advancing Solutions in a Changing Landscape,” to share his thoughts about America’s affordable housing challenges, HUD’s role in addressing them, and his priorities for the future. The Forum will take place in Washington, DC, April 2-4. Register today at: http://bit.ly/2dnJpnS!
This year’s forum will feature a wide array of policy-leaders and other experts from around the country on strategies for achieving affordable housing solutions in the changing post-election landscape. The forum will provide attendees the opportunity to engage with leaders from Capitol Hill and the new Administration on the current state of affordable housing and emerging challenges and opportunities. These and other thought-leaders, policy experts, researchers, affordable housing advocates and practitioners, and low income residents will discuss the best strategies for meeting the housing needs of the lowest income households in America in the changing political environment.
Other confirmed speakers include:
- Susan Popkin, senior fellow and director of the Neighborhoods and Youth Development Initiative, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute and author of the book No Simple Solutions: Transforming Public Housing in Chicago
- Mark Calabria, director of financial regulation studies, Cato Institute
- Marybeth Shinn, professor of human and organizational development, Vanderbilt University
- Nan Roman, president and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness
- Dushaw Hockett, executive director, Safe Places for the Advancement of Community and Equity
- Shauna Sorrells, director of legislative and public affairs, Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, MD
- Virginia Sardone, director, Office of Affordable Housing Programs, HUD
- Ali Solis, CEO, Make Room
- Aaron Gornstein, president and CEO, Preservation of Affordable Housing
- Shola Oyatoye, chair and CEO, New York City Housing Authority
- Jim Yates, senior associate, Technical Assistance Collaborative
- Michael Anderson, housing trust fund project director, Center for Community Change
- Martha Weatherspoon, president, Lincoln Home Resident Council
- Daisy Franklin, vice president, Connecticut Publicly-Assisted Housing Resident Network
The Forum will also explore the lessons learned from the first year of implementation of the national Housing Trust Fund; the intersections between housing and health, education, criminal justice reform, and other areas; ideas for addressing the needs in public housing; the latest research on vouchers and homeless assistance programs; and ways to rebalance U.S. federal housing investments to end homelessness and housing poverty. The third day of the Forum will provide an opportunity for participants to visit their congressional delegations on Capitol Hill.
The 2017 Housing Leadership Award recipients will be honored on the evening of April 4. J. Ronald Terwilliger, chairman emeritus and former CEO of the Trammel Crow Residential Company, will receive the 2017 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions to the cause of rebalancing federal affordable housing policy. The Brooke Award is named for the late Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-MA), who championed low income and fair housing while in Congress and later served as the chair of NLIHC’s Board of Directors. The award is presented to individuals who advocate for affordable housing on the national level. Retired Preservation of Affordable Housing President and Founder Amy Anthony will be the recipient of the 2017 Cushing N. Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award. The Dolbeare Award is named after NLIHC’s founder, considered the godmother of the affordable housing movement. NLIHC presents the Dolbeare Award to individuals for their lifetime of service to affordable housing.
The NLIHC 2017 Housing Policy Forum and Leadership Reception will take place at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. Up to three individuals from the same NLIHC member organization may attend the Forum. Register at: http://bit.ly/2dnJpnS
A limited number of shared-lodging hotel scholarships will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis to low income residents who are current NLIHC members and who pay their own Forum registration fee (“self-pay participants”). To ensure a broad geographic distribution, no more than two scholarships will be awarded to participants from any one state (with the exception of New York, where a donor has provided funding for six). The scholarships provide residents attending the Forum up to three nights of shared hotel lodging on April 1, 2, and 3. Scholarship recipients must commit to attending all Forum sessions, including a special resident session on Sunday, April 2 and Lobby Day on Tuesday, April 4. To apply for a scholarship, contact James Saucedo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Call 202-662-1530 or email email@example.com.