43rd Annual Gala
Moving Housing Forward:
Creating Community  

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
Registration: 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Location: National Building Museum
Washington, D.C. 

Annual Policy Symposium

Date: Friday, June 12, 2015
Registration & breakfast: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Location: Washington Marriott Metro Center
Washington, D.C. 

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NHC 2015 Annual Policy Symposium
How Housing Can Help Individuals and Families Succeed 
June 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(Registration and breakfast: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.)  
Washington Marriott Metro Center 
Washington, D.C.

NHC’s 2015 policy symposium brings together housing leaders from across the country to explore the many ways that housing can support families and individuals find their own path toward success while helping strengthen the communities in which they live. Affordable housing, whether rented or owned, can serve as a platform for education, health, savings and more. Discussions throughout the day will focus on ways that federal policy can guide and empower for-profit and nonprofit housing stakeholders to deliver housing in ways that strengthen families and communities.

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9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Welcome: Chris Estes, president and CEO, National Housing Conference


9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Keynote: Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president, AARP Foundation


9:45 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. 
Research presentation: Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, principal investigator, Children’s HealthWatch
View Dr. Sandel's presentation  

This presentation will discuss results of recent research on health impacts of homelessness on children and expectant mothers. 


10:15 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
Panel: The future of low-income homeownership
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Moderator: Steve O'Connor, senior vice president, public policy, Mortgage Bankers Association 

James Carr, senior fellow, Center for American Progress 
Paul Weech, president and CEO, NeighborWorks America
Ron Haynie, senior vice president, mortgage finance policy & executive vice president, Independent Community Bankers of America
Phil Bracken, chief policy officer, Radian Guaranty

The current tight credit market is leaving many potential homebuyers unserved, particularly in low-income and minority communities.  Panelists will discuss how housing policy and mortgage lending can change to better serve the whole market, building on the lessons learned from the housing bubble and subsequent crash.  Topics include: proven techniques for sustainable lending to low-income borrowers, how housing counseling can mitigate risk, ways to achieve a competitive credit market in underserved areas, and how to address practical economic limitations on mortgage lending.



11:35 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Panel:  Affordable rental housing as a platform for success

 Moderator: Eileen Fitzgerald, president and CEO, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future 

Frances Ferguson, director, real estate enterprise strategies, NeighborWorks America
Steve PonTell, president and CEO, National Community Renaissance
Patricia Belden, president and CEO, Preservation Housing Management
Michelle Norris, president, National Church Residences

High-quality affordable housing is more than just shelter. It can provide the opportunity for people to improve their lives or live with greater dignity. Service enriched housing has a track record of success in making a difference in residents’ lives. Clear potential exists to link service enriched housing to new pay for success models. In addition, new approaches to resident assessment, services at scale and incorporating reliable broadband are promising strategies for service enriched housing. Panelists will discuss approaches to determine the most cost effective approaches, replicate and scale strategies and attract funding, including family self-sufficiency funds. Service enriched housing can make a difference in children’s educational success, adults’ job skills, and resident’s physical and mental health. Panelists will explore how these solutions strengthen the lives of their residents, the fabric of their communities and the viability of their properties. 

12:50 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Wrap- up: Chris Estes, president and CEO, National Housing Conference





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AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust




American Bankers Association

Bozzuto Group

Enterprise Community Partners

Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago

Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

Goldman Sachs Bank USA

Local Initiatives Support Corporation/National Equity Fund

National Association of REALTORS®




Beekman Advisors, Inc. 

Boston Financial Management

Eden Housing

Hollyhand Development, LLC

Housing Partnership Network

Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP

Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation

TerraSearch Partners

William C. Smith + Co. 



Baltimore Housing

BRIDGE Housing Corporation

Citizens' Housing and Planning Association

City of San Jose Department of Housing


Dougherty Mortgage LLC



Mortgage Bankers Association

National Community Renaissance

National Council of State Housing Agencies

National Housing Trust

Northern Trust Corporation

Ocwen Financial Corporation

Pillar Multifamily, LLC

Prudential Mortgage Capital Company

Red Capital Group


The Community Development Trust 

Volunteers of America 


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