40th Annual NPH Affordable Housing Conference Workshops

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We are thrilled to announce the workshop scheduled for this year’s conference. Make the most of your conference day and plan your day ahead of time!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a workshop proposal – we could not provide the innovative and essential trainings for our members without your contribution.

SESSION 1 (9:00 – 10:30AM)


A GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE: NAVIGATING HCD’S GROWING FUNDING PROGRAMS
As the State’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) rolls out new funding across a number of housing programs, developers have a good problem on their hands: how to determine which funding source will be the right one for their project. This workshop will demystify the differences between the programs; provide insight on how HCD itself intends the various programs to be used; share techniques for deciding which program is the best fit for a given housing development; and provide information on upcoming programs changes on the horizon. Panelists will approach these questions from a variety of perspectives: state agency, financial expert, technical consultant, and developer. Attendees walk away with fresh information and understanding of the HCD funding landscape and how the State intends to use its resources to support different types of housing development around the Bay Area and across the state.
Moderator: Claire Parisa, California Housing Partnership
Panel: Felix AuYeung, MidPen Housing; Sally Greenspan, Enterprise; Mark Stivers, California Department of Housing and Community Development
Track: Affordable Housing Finance
All Skill Levels
Audience: Accountants, Attorneys, Developers, Government Staff, Project Managers
SALON 13-15

 

CONSTRUCTION INNOVATION: BOLDLY GO WHERE SOME HAVE GONE BEFORE
The City of Oakland and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) are conducting research to identify barriers to widespread use of cost-saving innovative construction methods in Oakland, such as factory-built housing, 3-D printing technology, and cross-laminated timber. Learn how the research process has unfolded and what the preliminary findings are. Using a recently completed modular project in Oakland as a case study, the panel will present lessons learned from the developer and contractor and explore ideas emerging from the research that can help cities and developers be prepared to utilize and support cost-saving innovative construction methods. This interactive workshop will solicit audience input in real time about real and perceived barriers related to construction innovation. Panelists will provide perspectives from local and regional governments, the research team, and stakeholders pushing the envelope on construction innovation.
Moderator: Nick Gomez, Lowney Architecture
Panel: Ada Chan, Association of Bay Area Governments/Metropolitan Transportation Commission; Lynette Dias, Urban Planning Partners; Michael Johnson, Urban Core Development, LLC; Darin Ranelletti, City of Oakland; Deanne Tipton, Cahill Contractors
Track: Affordable Housing Development
Intermediate
Audience: Advocates, Developers, Government Staff, Lenders, Project Managers
SALON 11-12

 

FEDERAL HOUSING POLICY IN A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR WITH A DIVIDED CONGRESS
DC-based housing experts will discuss the outlook for affordable rental housing funding and policy with a divided Congress in a Presidential election year, when high-profile candidates, including Senator Kamala Harris, are proposing new and bold rental housing policies. This workshop will cover major Presidential candidates’ affordable housing platforms, FY 2020 funding levels, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) improvements, CRA regulatory reform, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposed mixed status regulation, rent reform, and advocacy priorities and opportunities for California. Attendees will have a chance to pose their own questions, discuss advocacy priorities and opportunities for California, and gain tools and resources to shape federal housing priorities.
Moderator: Matt Schwartz, California Housing Partnership
Panel: Sarah Brundage, Enterprise; Peter Lawrence, Novogradac & Company LLP; Sarah Mickelson, National Low-Income Housing Coalition
Track: Policy
All Skill Levels
Audience: All sectors
SALON 5

 

INTERNSHIP BEST PRACTICES IN DIVERSIFYING OUR FIELD
In this workshop, host agencies will share their insights and reflections on their participation in the Bay Area Housing Internship Program, a program developed by NPH to train students of color from low-income backgrounds into a new generation of affordable housing developers. The panel will include representatives from two host agencies and two intern alumni from the program. The panel will also include a representative from California State University East Bay, a target school for the BAHIP program, to share insights on the role of local schools in developing a pipeline of housing developers. The insights shared will inspire participants to think about recruitment, retention, and racial equity in their own agencies and understand the value of having our sector reflect the communities we serve. The panel will share some lessons learned from both the intern and the host agency perspective.
Moderator: Monica Joe, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California
Panel: Henry Guan, Resources for Community Development; Matt Harris, California State University East Bay; Jan Lindenthal, MidPen Housing; Andy Madeira, Eden Housing; Leafaitulagi Tevaseu, Chinatown Community Development Center
Track: Advocacy, Communications, & Advancing Equity
Intermediate
Audience: Developers, Project Managers, Students and Professors
NOB HILL C-D

 

PRODUCTION, PRESERVATION, AND TENANT PROTECTIONS: HOW THE 3 P’S BECAME THE FOUNDATION FOR CALIFORNIA HOUSING POLICY
The 3 P’s has quickly become the foundation of California housing advocacy, with specific references being championed by the Executive and Legislative branches of Government and in communities throughout the Bay Area. Advocates utilizing the 3 P’s structure are just beginning to realize the impact of this collaborative framework and solutions-oriented approach. Participants in this workshop will hear from advocacy leaders, representing equity groups and production advocates, who are cultivating a 3 Ps culture in support of campaigns on the local, regional, and state levels.
Moderator: Tomiquia Moss, Hamilton Families
Panel: Gloria Bruce, East Bay Housing Organizations; Pedro Galvao, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California; Derecka Mehrens, Working Partnerships USA; Denise Pinkston, TMG Partners
Track: Policy
Secondary Track: Advocacy, Communications, and Advancing Equity
Audience: Advocates, Community Organizing Staff, Government Staff
SALON 6

 

SOLVING THORNY ISSUES IN PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING THROUGH COLLABORATION
As more and more funds become available specifically for permanent supportive housing (PSH) development, creative and collaborative solutions to thorny operational issues are out there. Some topics to be discussed will include:

  • What are the differences in operating 100% PSH properties versus mixed set-aside properties? How can we best structure the mix of PSH residents with other populations, e.g. families with children? 
  • What design, management, and service protocols are required to make such mixed projects work? Is there a sweet spot for scale in services and impact on operations? How do we ensure these properties are set up for long term stability and sustainability?
  • What is the recommended depth of service models for tenants to have successful housing stability & retention?
  • What are the best practices for successful collaboration between partners and community stakeholders?

Moderator: Katherine Fleming, BRIDGE Housing
Panel: Ron Bowen, The John Stewart Company; Jennifer Dolin, Mercy Housing; Olivia King, Resources for Community Development; Romie Nottage, Abode Services; Cheyenne Purrington, Threshold Consulting
Track: Asset Management, Property Management, and Resident Services
All Skill Levels
Audience: Asset Managers, Developers, Property Managers, Resident Services Staff
SALON 3-4

 

“TALKING TOGETHER ABOUT HOUSING” TO PAVE THE WAY FOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
In 2018, the City of Burlingame approved their first affordable housing development. While many factors contributed to swift approval of the project, City Council Members give significant credit to the two listening and learning community conversations about housing hosted by the city in February and April of 2018. The community conversations were collaboratively conceived, organized, and hosted by the City of Burlingame, Home for All San Mateo County, and Common Knowledge Plus, a community engagement consulting firm. At this workshop, you will learn how to plan a community conversation about housing, hear about housing progress in Burlingame and other cities that have held such conversations, and then participate in a short demonstration of a “Talking Together About Housing” meeting.
Moderator: Ken Cole, San Mateo County Department of Housing
Panel: Kevin Gardiner, City of Burlingame; Councilmember Ann Keighran, City of Burlingame; William Lowell, Home for All San Mateo County
Track: Affordable Housing Development
All Skill Levels
Audience: Advocates, Community Organizing Staff, Developers, Government Staff, Project Managers
NOB HILL A-B

 

TENANT FIGHTS, OUR FIGHTS: IMMIGRANT RIGHTS IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Affordable housing has become a major staging ground for the US government’s war against immigrants. As housing providers and advocates, we must join with our tenants to fight back. Last year’s proposed “public charge” rule that would derail Section 8 recipients’ green card process has been on hold after a public response generated more than 250,000 comments. The latest battle is over HUD and Rural Development mixed-status family eviction proposals forcing families with “ineligible” household members to move or separate. These policy threats add new fears to a population already living in terror of ICE chasing them down. Attendees will learn: how we can advocate against the insidious federal policies; how AB291 protects tenants from harassment and disclosure of immigration status; and how property managers can keep tenants safe in their homes.
Moderator: Elissa Dennis, Community Economics
Panel: Phillip Babich, Reed Smith; Arianna Cook-Thajudeen, National Housing Law Project; Chris Hess, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates; Alex Prieto, Western Center on Law & Poverty
Track: Asset Management, Property Management, and Resident Services
Secondary Track: Advancing Equity
All Skill Levels
Audience: Advocates, Community Organizing Staff, Developers, Property Managers, Resident Services Staff
SALON 10

 

WHAT’S IN THE MIX? NEW MIXED-INCOME HOUSING FINANCE STRATEGIES
Over the last year, we have seen a renewed focus on mixed-income development, including new financing and legal structuring strategies. This renewed focus on mixed-income housing in California is the result of a housing crisis that is impacting more segments of the population, and the State has been responding with new endeavors such as expanded State Tax Credits and CalHFA’s mixed-income financing program. In addition, the recent provision in the tax code to encourage 60%-80% AMI unit targeting (also known as Income-Averaging) in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit developments is a critical evolution. This panel explores new and creative structuring ideas and provides case studies on recent/proposed mixed-income development from both nonprofit and for-profit developer perspectives.
Moderator: Meg McGraw-Scherer, California Housing Partnership
Panel: Kate Ferguson, California Housing Finance Agency; Mollie Naber, MidPen Housing; Margaret Miller, The John Stewart Company
Track: Affordable Housing Finance
Intermediate
Audience: Developers, Government Staff, Lenders, Project Managers
SALON 1-2


SESSION 2 (1:45 – 3:15PM)

 

A PRIMER FOR EDUCATOR HOUSING: BEST PRACTICES AND LESSONS LEARNED
Educator Housing has become a hot topic with teachers as the prime example of the missing middle income and as part of the discussion about teacher retention problems made extreme by lack of affordable housing. School districts also have land that could be developed. Balancing the needs of school districts, public policy and funding requirements to create a successful housing development is fraught. Adding Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Tax Exempt Bonds to the mix has particular challenges. Bringing together the perspectives of local government, the nonprofit developer, and an experienced attorney, this panel will have a lively discussion about the obstacles, challenges, and progress to date on creating educator housing. The panelists will address fair housing issues and who is served by educator housing.
Moderator: Lisa Motoyama, Community Economics
Panel: Ali Gaylord, MidPen Housing; Faith Kirkpatrick, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development; Dave Kroot, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Track: Affordable Housing Development
Intermediate
Audience: Advocates, Developers, Government Staff, Lenders, Project Managers, People interested in educator housing
SALON 1-2

 

CDLAC/CTCAC UPDATE
This workshop will provide stakeholders with an update for two of the California State Treasurer’s housing committees – the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC) and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC). Representatives from CDLAC and CTCAC will walk you through the latest tax-exempt bond allocation and tax credit statistics, key priorities, and expectations for 2020. With the current administration’s eye on housing, leveraging these programs have risen to be an important source of funding enhanced by new legislation.
Moderator: Evan Kass, California Debt Limit Allocation Committee
Panel: Anthony Zeto, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee
Track: Affordable Housing Finance
All Skill Levels
Audience: Community Organizing Staff, Developers, Government Staff, Lenders, Project Managers, Bond Issuers
SALON 5-6

 

COME TOGETHER: DEVELOPING SUCCESSFUL SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
The need for supportive housing is greater than ever. Fortunately, State and local agencies have created more resources available for supportive housing. At the State level in 2019, the Department of Housing and Community Development has or will issue NOFAs for No Place Like Home, Supportive Housing – Multifamily Housing Program, Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention, and Housing for a Healthy California. There have been local bond issues such as Measure A in Santa Clara County that have raised substantial funds targeting supportive housing developments. Learn from developers, service providers, property management, asset management, and other partners on how they’ve successfully developed and operated supportive housing including creating the partnerships needed to put together a successful development team, getting community support, putting together the best financing strategy, providing services for residents, and operating the developments.
Moderator: Greg Chin, California Housing Partnership
Panel: Carolyn Bookhart, Resources for Community Development; Angela Cavanaugh, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates; Michael Duarte, Fresno Housing Authority; Brenda Goldstein, LifeLong Medical Care
Track: Affordable Housing Development
All Skill Levels
Audience: Asset Managers, Developers, Project Managers, Property Managers, Resident Services Staff
SALON 3-4

 

DON’T GO OFF THE RAILS! MONITORING PROJECTS TO STAY ON TRACK
So your Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) project was Placed in Service, now what? Don’t be caught off guard! This panel of asset manager, attorney, and investor will present case studies focusing on projects that maneuvered through difficult fiscal scenarios working backwards to unravel what was done to prepare, what could have been done, and how a resolution was brokered. This panel will take a deep dive into the technical side of LIHTC to give the audience analytical benchmarks from inception through Y15, how the capital account can be impacted, and development of early warning systems to ensure no project becomes an unexpected liability and maintain financial sustainability. Participants will also learn who should be involved in monitoring and decision making at each stage of a project’s lifecycle and how each plays a part in avoiding fiscal calamity.
Moderator: Lauren Maddock, California Housing Partnership
Panel: Kyle Attenhofer, MidPen Housing; Sean Barnes, Enterprise; Amy DeVaudruil, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Track: Asset Management, Property Management, and Resident Services
Beginner, Intermediate
Audience: Accountants, Asset Managers, Attorneys, Developers, Lenders, Project Managers, Property Managers
NOB HILL A-B

 

SHIFTING THE NARRATIVE ON HOUSING: NEW RESEARCH, ORGANIZING, AND OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD
As our affordable housing movement builds momentum and grows power, we have a unique moment in time to capitalize on our issue growing to top of mind and top of conversation. What can we do to transform the narrative on housing justice and to grow public support and political will for solutions? Join this panel of researchers, communicators, organizers, and artists to learn about new housing research and efforts to harness those learnings into narrative and cultural change. Participants will learn about what our projects are exploring and what we’ve learned so far, and explore what our coalition can do next together. This workshop includes ample time for audience Q&A and feedback.
Moderator: Ain Bailey, The San Francisco Foundation
Panel: Ruth Bernstein, EMC Research; Alina Harway, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California; Derecka Mehrens, Working Partnerships USA; Laura Lazarus-Gardner, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Ryan Peters, Eastside Arts Alliance
Track: Advocacy, Communications, & Advancing Equity
All Skill Levels
Audience: Advocates, Community Organizing Staff, Government Staff
SALON 10
Due to the confidentiality of the information presented during this workshop, slides and materials will not be posted publicly. For those seeking more information, please contact NPH Communications Director Alina Harway directly: alina@nonprofithousing.org

 

 

STEMMING THE TIDE OF DISPLACEMENT: RIDING THE TENANT PROTECTION WAVE
One of the worst aspects of the housing crisis is the massive displacement and exodus of low-income families and people of color from the Bay Area. Between 2000 and 2015, rising housing costs and migration patterns contributed to new concentrations of segregation and poverty in the region. This panel will discuss Bay Area displacement and migration data from UC-Berkeley and California Housing Partnership, and share local and state strategies to protect community members from displacement, while moving the affordable housing movement forward. Attendees will be informed about the range of policy options for mitigating displacement. This panel will explore some of the unintended consequences of recent advocacy efforts, like minimum lease terms, mediation, and tenant relocation assistance and provide some of the best practices for cities interested in tenant protections.
Moderator: Evvy Stivers, Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County
Panel: Anna Cash, Urban Displacement Project/UC-Berkeley; Francisco Duenas, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment; Keith Ogden, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto; Tony Samara, Urban Habitat
Track: Policy
Secondary Track: Advocacy & Communications
Intermediate
Audience: Advocates, Community Organizing Staff, Developers, Government Staff, Project Managers
SALON 11-12

 

STRATEGIES TO ADVANCE DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION AT YOUR ORGANIZATION
Is your organization in the process of implementing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy? Do you think your organization should implement one, but you don’t know where or how to begin thinking about how to do it? This session will provide practical tools and examples to intentionally implement and sustain initiatives by highlighting specific examples and approaches at organizations throughout the nonprofit housing industry.
Moderator: Dwayne Marsh, Race Forward
Panel: Olivia King, Resources for Community Development; Lillian Lew-Hailer, MidPen Housing; Steven Yang, Housing Trust of Silicon Valley
Track: Advocacy, Communications, & Advancing Equity
All Skill Levels
Audience: All sectors
Nob Hill C-D

 

THE LATEST TRENDS IN MULTIFAMILY LENDING: HOW TO NAVIGATE THROUGH THE MAZE
Nonprofit developers of multifamily homes in California are fortunate to have a wide range of financing options to choose from, with an increasing number of choices and highly competitive rates and terms. A panel of experienced lenders will help guide attendees through the maze, including conventional and tax-exempt loan products, private placements, cash-collateralized public sale options, Fannie/Freddie/FHA structures, and refinancing options to lock in interest rates. The panel will address key trends affecting the lending and underwriting environment, including rising construction costs, modular construction, working with the California Department of Housing and Community Development, mixed-income developments, local bond funds, and other critical topics. Audience participation will be strongly encouraged as lenders address the particular challenges that affect the nonprofit developers in the audience.
Moderator: Richard Mandel, California Housing Partnership and Meg McGraw-Scherer, California Housing Partnership
Panel: Jeff Bennett, Wells Fargo; Cecile Chalifour, Chase; Lisa Gutierrez, US Bancorp Community Development Corporation; Monica Sharp, Umpqua Bank; Kenji Tamaoki, PGIM Real Estate Finance; Elizabeth Van Benschoten, Union Bank
Track: Affordable Housing Finance
All Skill Levels
Audience: Asset Managers, Attorneys, Developers, Government Staff, Lenders, Project Managers
SALON 13-15


 

SESSION 3 (3:30 – 5:00PM)

 

INTO THE INVESTOR-VERSE: NAVIGATING THE SHIFTING WORLDS OF TAX CREDITS
An informative and entertaining discussion with tax credit investors to take the pulse of the tax credit market. Through a moderated discussion and directed questions as well as some fun, learn about where pricing is going. Find out if there are any changes to investor requirements and expectations, especially post tax reform and what types of projects and geographic locations interest the investors most. Ascertain what are the going terms for your next LOI as you become your own tax credit superhero.
Moderator: Richard Mandel, California Housing Partnership and Lisa Motoyama, Community Economics
Panel: TBD
Track: Affordable Housing Finance
Intermediate
Audience: Accountants, Attorneys, Developers, Lenders, Project Managers
Salon 13-15

 

NEED AN ENERGY BOOST: DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT GUIDANCE FOR A ZERO NET ENERGY BUILDING
Building electrification and decarbonization are seen as the next frontiers to curb greenhouse gas emissions. California’s policies mandate buildings to be increasingly efficient and grid optimal to meet the 2045 target of remaining carbon neutral. This workshop will provide an overview of the myriad of green development options available to property owners and how to innovatively incorporate sustainability into the process to meet organizational and financial goals and enhance resident’s experience at the property. This will guide property owners on how to strategically plan the development and maintenance of a zero net energy building while leveraging tax credits and complying with Title 24 (T24) code requirements. This workshop will include key considerations and decisions that property owners need to make from design, engineering, and financial perspectives to stay on schedule and have financially feasible project.
Moderator: Srinidhi Sampath Kumar, California Housing Partnership
Panel: Sarah Hill, Association of Energy Affordability; Joanna Ladd, Chinatown Community Development Center; Matt Lewis, MidPen Housing; Daniel Simons, David Baker Architects
Track: Affordable Housing Development
All Skill Levels
Audience: All sectors
SALON 3-4

 

NEW MONEY FOR YOUR NEXT DEVELOPMENT: FUNDERS TELL ALL
As a response to the unprecedented scale of the housing crisis in the Bay Area and across the state, we are seeing a wave of new and innovative financing products for affordable and supportive housing creation and preservation. This workshop will introduce several of these products so that workshop attendees can better understand how to access these funds and what kinds of developments are the best fit. This workshop will include panelists who can speak to how to access housing funds from philanthropic and corporate funding initiatives like Google, Kaiser Permanente, and the Partnership for the Bay’s Future.
Moderator: Diana Downton, Community Economics
Panel: Pam Berkowitz, Housing Trust Silicon Valley; Chris Herrmann, Enterprise; Katherine Groves, Capital Impact Partners
Track: Affordable Housing Finance
Intermediate, Advanced
Audience: Advocates, Asset Managers, Attorneys, Developers, Government Staff, Lenders, Project Managers, Property Managers
SALON 1-2

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT HACKS: BUILD THE FUTURE & KEEP YOUR SANITY
Are you lost in a tide of emails and dizzy from tracking time-critical details? Whether you are just getting your feet wet or are a practiced project-wrangler, this panel will help you refine your project management skills. Learn how to manage tight timelines, motivate consultants and contractors to achieve success, and handle sticky situations. The moderator will pose tricky project management questions to an interdisciplinary panel of project management ninjas. Take a break from tax credits and bonds to hear three extraordinary project managers volunteer their best hacks for getting stuff done while making it look easy!
Moderator: Louis Liss, Eden Housing
Panel: Joanna Carman, MidPen Housing; Susie Criscimagna, Eden Housing; Kim Martin, James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp.; Caroline McCormack, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development
Track: Affordable Housing Development
Beginner, Intermediate
Audience: Asset Managers, Community Organizing Staff, Developers, Government Staff, Project Managers, All sectors
SALON 11-12

 

SCREENING IN INSTEAD OF OUT: INCLUSIVE TOOLS FOR RESIDENT SELECTION
This workshop aims to demystify the complex realm of screening criteria, population preferences, and tenant qualifications. The panel brings together the diverse perspectives of developers/owners, managers/compliances, and government to showcase the whys and hows of implementing local and population preferences (e.g. homeless, veteran, transitional age youth, artist, live/work) on the peninsula, in the South Bay, and on VA land. This panel will also discuss the use of flexible screening criteria to support prospective applicants with imperfect rental histories. As inequities in local housing markets continue, municipalities, affordable housing funders, and developers can utilize these policy and property management tools to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-displacement in new housing developments.
Moderator: Lauren Bigelow, Palo Alto Housing
Panel: Rachel Horst, City of East Palo Alto; Chris Neale, The Core Companies; Catina Wilson, EAH Housing
Track: Asset Management, Property Management, and Resident Services
Secondary Track: Advancing Equity
Intermediate
Audience: Asset Managers, Attorneys, Developers, Government Staff, Property Managers
NOB HILL C-D

 

THE YEAR IN LEGISLATION, WHAT’S NEXT?
Participants in this workshop will hear State policy leaders discuss the outcome of the 2019 legislative session; the good, the bad, and what is on the horizon for 2020. This year, 2019, proved to be an exciting policy year measured by both significant wins and policy shortcomings. Audience members will be encouraged to ask the policy leaders questions, discuss trending topics, and have a robust discussion on the current state and future of housing policies.
Moderator: Amie Fishman, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California
Panel: Assemblymember David Chiu, California State Assembly; Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, California State Assembly; Senator Scott Wiener, California State Senate
Track: Policy
Audience: Advocates, Developers, Government Staff, Lenders
NOB HILL A-B

 

TURN OUT FOR WHAT? UPLIFTING RESIDENTS’ VOICES THROUGH THE POWER OF VOTING
A sign of a healthy democracy is voter engagement, yet it is estimated that 100 million eligible voters didn’t vote in the 2016 presidential election. Many people, especially affordable housing residents, feel misunderstood, underrepresented, and have historically faced voter suppression. This panel will address how to empower, educate, and mobilize our residents to vote and be a part of the democratic process. Attendees will learn best practices for how to begin the process, motivate their residents, and connect them with issues, organizations, and candidates that represent them, their values, and best interests. Panelists will also discuss the new voting law coming into effect, such as the Voters Choice Act and how it can positively impact voter turn out.
Moderator: JR Starrett, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California
Panel: Jeremy Barousse, Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN); April Bracamonte, Santa Clara County’s Registrar of Voter’s Office; Adena Ishii, League of Women Voters for Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville; Tiffany Wong, EAH Housing
Track: Advocacy, Communications, and Advancing Equity
Secondary Track: Property Management & Resident Services
All Skill Levels
Audience: Advocates, Community Organizing Staff, Resident Services Staff
SALON 10

 

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW: RESTRUCTURING YOUR HCD PORTFOLIO LOANS
The Portfolio Restructuring statute authorizes the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to interpret and implement through guidelines the process for restructuring existing HCD portfolio loans. The Loan Portfolio Restructuring (LPR) Guidelines were originally adopted in 2014, and HCD has recently updated the guidelines for technical corrections and is in the process of incorporating the new AB2562 legislation. Panelists will discuss what works, problems to sidestep, obstacles to prepare for, and the application and transaction process with the goal of creating collaboration among HCD, attorneys, and stakeholders for a smooth closing.
Moderator: Julia Bennett, California Housing Partnership
Panel: “Emeline “Mimi” Alvarez, California Department of Housing and Community Development; Kevin Leichner, Eden Housing; Erica Williams Orcharton, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Track: Asset Management, Property Management, and Resident Services
Intermediate
Audience: Asset Managers, Attorneys, Developers, Government Staff, Lenders, Project Managers
SALON 5-6