Atlanta, GA (June 14, 2010) – National, state and local leaders convened in Atlanta today for a Bring Workers Home forum that focused on the growing “cost of place” in the Southeast and a range of affordable workforce housing solutions that can help make a difference for families and individuals in the region and nationwide. The forum was hosted by the National Housing Conference (NHC) in partnership with the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).
“The Bring Workers Home forum in Atlanta provides a unique opportunity to bring together both leaders and experts to discuss and exchange ideas on how to make affordable workforce housing a reality – not only for working families and individuals in the Southeast, but throughout the nation,” said NHC President and CEO Maureen Friar.
Today’s forum agenda included a morning panel discussion on how workforce housing matters now more than ever as the total “cost of place,” or the combined costs for housing, utilities and transportation, continues to rise. Highlighting solutions, Keynote Speaker Darlene Porter, senior manager at Aflac, detailed the company’s employer-assisted housing benefits program, which provides down payment and closing cost assistance to its employees through a grant program for first-time homebuyers.
The day closed with two panels that looked at case studies for successful workforce housing programs in Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Florida. In particular, both of these panels outlined effective strategies to advance employer-assisted housing through community partnerships.
In addition to Atlanta, 2010 Bring Workers Home forums will be hosted by NHC and NAR in Minneapolis, Austin and Honolulu. The forums are designed to attract a wide range of attendees, including employers and Human Resources professionals, REALTORS®, city planners, housing and community development leaders, local elected and appointed officials, state Housing Finance Agency representatives, and more.
NHC and NAR were joined by regional and national partners in planning the Bring Workers Home forum in Atlanta. The partners included the Atlanta Board of Realtors®; Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc.; Atlanta Regional Commission; Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; International Economic Development Council; Livable Communities Coalition; and the Metropolitan Planning Council.
For Atlanta speakers, more details on the 2010 Bring Workers Home forum series, and information on NHC and NAR workforce housing forums held in 2009, please visit www.nhc.org.
Contact: Michele Anapol
(202) 466-2121 x226