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Bring Workers Home - 2010 Regional Forum on Workforce Housing (Honolulu)

October 12

Over 90 local, state and national housing leaders came together in Honolulu on October 12, 2010 to identify effective solutions to the workforce housing challenge.

Essential workers in many communities, like Honolulu, cannot afford safe and appropriate housing near their place of employment. Highlighting solutions and bringing together diverse groups in search of practical solutions has been the mission of National Housing Conference (NHC) and National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Bring Workers Home regional forums.

Tourism accounts for nearly seventy-five percent of Hawaii’s economy and many jobs in this sector do not pay enough for workers to affordably obtain homeownership or rental homes, according to the Center for Housing Policy's Paycheck to Paycheck--an interactive database comparing wages and housing costs for 200 metro areas.

The forum focused on how to create, sustain and advance workforce housing both through public-private partnerships and privately funded employer-assisted housing programs. Panelists represented efforts underway in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, and Washington. Keynote speaker Darlene Porter, Second Vice President for Employee Relations/Talent Management at Aflac™, shared the success of their employer-assisted housing program, which provides down payment and closing cost assistance to its employees through a first-time home buyer grant program.

Event Partners

The following regional and national partners helped NAR and NHC plan this forum: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Hawaii Association of REALTORS®, Hawaii Housing Alliance, International Economic Development Council; Metropolitan Planning Council; and ULI Hawaii.


Presentation by Kevin Carney

Presentation by Janice Takahashi

Presentation by Jon Wallenstrom

Presentation by Darlene Porter

Presentation by Michael Mercurio

Presentation by Carol Marx

Presentation by Dianne Wasson

Presentation by Sharon Kerrigan

Presentation by Nathan Gorton

Presentation by Dennis Oshiro

View Video Clips from "Bring Workers Home" Forum 




Forum Agenda and Speaker Bios

NAR's Housing Opportunity Program

Center for Housing Policy’s “Quantifying the Value Proposition of Employer-Assisted Housing”

Metropolitan Planning Council

REACH Illinois


Please contact Lynn Ross at or 202-466-2121 ext. 237.