NHC’s Capital One Webinar Series provides free, live and on-demand presentations on vital housing topics. NHC staff and guest webinar panelists share new research, discuss pressing issues and share tips and tools that can make it easier to do your work. 

Upcoming webinars

Webinars will appear here as they are confirmed.

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Past webinars

Follow the links below to access video, slides and other materials from NHC's past Capital One webinars: 



Focus Area

Title and Description

August 19,2015 Green building, affordable housing

Green Building in Multifamily Affordable Housing: Impacts and Policies

Our panelists discussed the outcomes of a one-year study on the Impact of Green Affordable Housing conducted by the non-profit organization Southface and the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, and the opportunities and barriers affordable housing developers, managers and housing finance administrators face in pursuing green building standards.

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July 28, 2015 Housing and health, research

Integrating Housing into Health Care

This webinar discussed some of the new opportunities for integrating housing and housing services into health care described in the Center for Housing Policy's recent paper, Affordable Housing's Place in Health Care. Panelists will describe ongoing efforts to forge collaborations with managed care organizations and initiatives to establish Medicaid reimbursement for asthma home visiting programs.  

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March 24, 2015 Housing affordability, working households, renters, homeowners, research

Key Findings from Housing Landscape 2015 

This complimentary webinar shared key findings from Housing Landscape 2015, our annual look at the housing affordability challenges of low- and moderate-income working households.

While housing affordability has steadily improved since 2010,large shares of low- and moderate-income working households still spend more than half their income on housing. Housing affordability has improved much more slowly for low- and moderate-income working renters than owners as they have faced steadily rising rents over the past few years.

Attendess learned about the report's findings on housing costs and incomes for working households, as well as our first-ever look at affordability challenges for households of differnt races and ethnicities. 

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March 13, 2015 Affordable housing, public land, research

Public Land and Affordable Housing 

This one-hour webinar explored policy and development strategies that maximize the potential for affordable housing on public land. Panelists discussed the findings of a recent report from the National Housing Conference (NHC) and ULI-Washington titled Public Land & Affordable Housing in the Washington DC Region: Best Practices and Recommendations and explored what themes from the report may be relevant for crafting effective public land policy in other regions of the country.

Nina Janopaul, executive director of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), discussed what her organization learned from developing the Arlington Mill Residences – an award-winning, 100-percent affordable property built on county-owned land alongside a new county-built community center, with a shared parking garage serving as the foundation for each building. Robert Hickey, co-author of the report and senior research associate at NHC’s Center for Housing Policy, discussed how Arlington Mill Residences and other case studies led to eight recommendations for effectively using locally-owned land for affordable housing. Together the two panelists covered such topics as the advantages and challenges of using public land for affordable housing, issues involved in co-locating affordable housing with public facilities, economic factors that affect the feasibility of mixed-income housing on public land, and policy approaches used by localities inside and outside the DC metropolitan area.

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February 13, 2015

Research, housing need, using data

Understanding Housing Needs in Your Community Using Data from the American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS) can be a great source of data for analyzing housing needs in your community.  Sometimes, however, finding the right information using the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder can be complicated. And once you’ve found the data, it is sometimes a challenge to figure out how to present the data effectively. This webinar will demonstrate how to find local demographic and housing data from the ACS and will provide guidance for effective ways to present the data to describe housing affordability and needs. During the webinar, we will develop an example needs analysis using ACS data. In addition, there will be a hands-on portion of the webinar where participants will gather data for their own community and begin to analyze their own housing needs. By the end of the webinar, participants will have gained knowledge about the population and housing data available from the ACS and will have expertise in accessing and presenting ACS data for their city, county or neighborhood.

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December 4, 2014

Housing and health intersections

Using Health Impact Assessments to Preserve Affordable Housing & Increase Community Wellbeing: A Case Study

A public health professional, a housing authority director, and a funder duscussed how a Health Impact Assessment moved a Phoenix public housing rehab project from business-as-usual to an inclusive process that engages a neighborhood and charts a sustainable future for the residents. 

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October 14, 2014

EZ Retrofits, energy efficiency

EZ Retrofit Tool-An overview and demonstration of a free tool for multifamily energy benchmarking and auditing

As part of HUD’s Energy Innovation Fund program, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) developed a benchmarking and audit tool called the “EZ Retrofit Tool” - a free tool that gives property owners and operators the ability to identify a range of energy and water efficiency measures. This webinar will provide an overview of the EZ Retrofit tool, a demonstration, and discussion from an owner and an engineer who have used the tool.

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August 12, 2014

Framing & messaging, communications

10 Scientifically-Proven Ways Advocates Can Speak Differently and Get Results 

This webinar, hosted with Neighborhood Partnerships showed how the housing community can use science-based communications techniques in their work. Janet Byrd and Matt Kinshella from Neighborhood Partnerships explained the toolkit's concepts and show you how to use the tools in your work. Amy Clark of NHC also provided a brief introduction to the Housing Communications HUB, where the toolkit and other useful housing communications resources can be found. 

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July 31, 2014

Inclusionary housing, upzoning

Inclusionary Upzoning

As cities and older suburbs grow again, and relax their zoning codes to accommodate renewed housing demand, an increasing number are asking developers that benefit from this new development potential to make a share of new housing affordable for low- and moderate-income households. And they are getting results. This webinar explored this new trend and its potential for tying growth to affordability in places where legal, political, and/or market barriers have historically impeded the adoption of inclusionary housing.

The webinar covers findings froms NHC's latest report, Inclusionary Upzoning.

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July 23, 2014

Communications, research

Building Support for Affordable Homeownership and Rental Choices: A summary of Research on Opinion and Messaging

What do Americans think about affordable housing and the people who live in it? What does the research tell us about effective messaging to convince the public of affordable housing's value? Janet Viveiros and Amy Clark of the National Housing Conference answered these questions and more. 

The webinar covered findings from NHC's review of the housing communications literature, Building Support for Affordable Homeownership and Rental Choices. Viveiros and Clark also shared tips for using the findings in your work.

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May 14, 2014

Housing need

Housing Landscape 2014: Housing Affordability for Working Households

This webinar shared findings from the annual Housing Landscape report. The presentation included a discussion of national, state, and local housing affordability challenges facing working households since the end of the Recession. The webinar also addressed the policy implications of major housing affordability challenges for low- and moderate-income households.


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May 9, 2014

Housing need, using data

Using American Community Survey Data to Demonstrate Local Housing Needs

Having the most up-to-date information on housing needs—specific to your city, neighborhood, or community—is critically important for understanding and explaining local housing challenges.  Sometimes, however, finding and presenting the right data can seem overwhelming.  This two-hour, hands-on webinar will teach participants how to access and analyze the abundance of housing and population data available from the American Community Survey.  The workshop will emphasize how to find appropriate data to analyze housing affordability, as well as characteristics of the population and housing stock.  During the second half of the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to locate data for the area they work in and will get tips on how to present that data to make a compelling story.


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April 23, 2014

Communications, NIMBY issues

Gaining community acceptance for affordable housing: Best practices from around the U.S.

Highlights from the Center's national review of community acceptance efforts.  Included were discussions by MidPen Housing Corporation and DESC about techniques that have helped their organizations build support for affordable rental housing that serves people with low incomes, including those experiencing homelessness.


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April 16, 2014

Federal budget, federal housing programs

Funding Property-Based Section 8 Contracts: Understanding renewal formula proposals and their implications

With the National Housing Trust, a discussion of proposals for renewing property-based Section 8 contracts.  These long-term federal contracts support affordable housing through rental assistance, but they require annual appropriations.  Last year, HUD had to use some less-than-full-year renewals to fit within budget constraints, and FY 2015 presents a similar problem.  Hear about HUD’s proposal in the President’s budget to switch to funding on a calendar year basis and how changes may affect developers, investors, residents, and other stakeholders.


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December 10, 2013


Building Support for Affordable Communities: Focusing the Message and Expanding the Base

A discussion of the findings from the Center's report Building Support for Affordable Homeownership and Rental Choices. The report reviews current research on public opinion and effective language and messaging around affordable housing and strategies for effective communication on affordable housing.


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October 29, 2013

Housing need, using data

Using Paycheck to Paycheck Data to Explore Housing Need in Your Community

This webinar introduced attendees to online the Paycheck to Paycheck database tool in a live demonstration of the tool. The webinar also reviewed key findings from the 2013 Paycheck to Paycheck data and highlighted the housing affordability challenges of travel and tourism workers around the country. 


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