NHC and Center for Housing Policy National Symposium

September 27

Overview I Symposium I Forum I Funders I Planning Committee I Livability 360 I Event Resources

National Symposium • Denver, CO

Partners in Innovation: Including Affordable and Workforce Housing within Transit-Oriented Development examined the challenges and opportunities for developing and sustaining Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) that includes housing opportunities affordable to working families and families with low- and moderate-incomes.

This one day national symposium took place in Denver, CO on Monday, September 27, 2010 and attracted over 200 stakeholders from across the country.

On this page, you will find links to the key resources shared at the symposium.

Download the Partners in Innovation Symposium Proceedings


Symposium Agenda

9:00 AM

9:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Maureen Friar, National Housing Conference; Jeffrey Lubell, Center for Housing Policy

9:30 AM

10:30 AM


Plenary Session I
How will the Obama Administration’s Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities impact state, regional and local efforts to implement affordable TOD? Join us for this keynote to find out.

  • Shelley Poticha, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities

View video clips from Poticha's presentation

Read about Poticha's remarks on NHC's Open House Blog

10:30 AM

11:40 AM

Plenary Session II
When it comes to developing TOD affordable to families across a range of incomes, Portland, OR and the Bay Area are two noted success stories.  During this discussion, you’ll hear from representatives from those regions and gain new insights into the challenges they have overcome and those they still face in their efforts ensure TOD access to low- and moderate-income residents.

  • Allison Brooks, Reconnecting America (moderator); Jillian Detweiler, TriMet; Ken Kirkey, Association of Bay Area Governments

View video clips from the plenary discussion with Brooks, Detweiler, and Kirkey

11: 50 PM

1:00 PM

Plenary Session III and Luncheon
Join NHC’s new president and CEO for a special presentation during lunch. Learn more about NHC’s role in “Housing’s New Era” and watch video remarks from Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Department of Transportation.

  • Maureen Friar, National Housing Conference

Watch Secretary Ray LaHood's video remarks

View the short video, "Housing's New Era"

1:10 PM

2:20 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions I    (Click on the links to read more about the sessions and view the resources from each panel)

2:30 PM

3:40 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions II (Click on the links to read more about the sessions and view the resources from each panel)

3:50 PM

5:00 PM        

Plenary Session IV    
The final plenary session on Monday will feature an interactive, facilitated dialogue among participants. Come to this session prepared to share your thoughts on lessons learned during the breakout sessions.

  • Geoff Anderson, Smart Growth America

View a video clip from Geoff Anderson's presentation

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Download speaker biographies

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Concurrent Breakout Session I

Choosing ‘Opportunity Sites’ for Location-Efficient Development
Not all transit stops are equally good places to locate affordable and workforce TOD.  In many cases, many of the features we seek in a transit-oriented development site may be found outside of a transit context-- near job or traditional village centers.  This session will explore many of the competing considerations involved in selecting 'opportunity sites' for location-efficient development, including: access to jobs, services and fresh food; good schools; safety; and a mix of incomes and racial/ethnic composition.  

  • Philip Tegeler, Poverty and Race Research Action Council (moderator); Nadine Fogarty, Strategic Economics; Rodney Harrell, AARP Public Policy Institute; Catherine Lowe, Cornell University

 View Harrell's PPT slides and visit the HousingPolicy.org Toolkit, Meet the Housing Needs of Older Adults

 View Fogarty's PPT slides 

 View Lowe's PPT slides

Financing Affordable and Workforce Housing within TOD
Speakers in this session will share their experience in successfully financing affordable and workforce housing within transit-oriented development.  They will focus on the full range of the affordable and workforce housing spectrum, including housing for the lowest-income families, such as public housing and project-based vouchers; housing for moderate-income families, such as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit; and workforce housing strategies serving families in the next higher income group, such as employer-assisted housing, shared equity homeownership and inclusionary zoning.

  • David Prior, Ballard Spahr LLP (moderator); James Alexander, Atlanta Beltline, Inc.; Anika Goss-Foster, Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Chris Parr, Denver Housing Authority; Adrienne Quinn, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

View Alexander's PPT slides

View Goss-Foster's PPT slides

View Parr's PPT slides

View Quinn's PPT slides

The Role of the Philanthropic Community
A successful TOD with a strong affordable/workforce housing component requires a great deal of coordination among government agencies as well as private and nonprofit partners.  Bringing these players together to have a productive conversation about how to move forward is one of many roles that philanthropy can play in facilitating affordable and workforce housing within TOD.  This session will feature a discussion among representatives from leading philanthropic institutions about the different ways in which the philanthropic community can help lay the groundwork for successful projects and build stronger interagency and public-private partnerships.  

  • Tamir Novotny, Living Cities (moderator); Timothy Block, The Home Depot Foundation; Don Chen, Ford Foundation; Jasmine Thomas, Surdna Foundation

TOD’s Contribution to Public Health and Wellness
A community in which transit and essential retail and services are available within walking distance provides multiple benefits.  In addition to improving affordability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, such communities can generate important public health benefits by encouraging walking and other physical exercise and by reducing car-related pollution.  This session will zero in on the potential public health benefits of TOD, discussing strategies for integrating individual transit-oriented developments into a larger neighborhood-wide vision for a walkable, livable and affordable community.  This session will also discuss strategies for building alliances with public health advocates to generate more support for affordable and workforce TOD.

  • Judy Corbett, Local Government Commission (moderator); Monica Buhlig, Kaiser Permanente; Jeffery Rosenhall, California Department of Public Health/ UCSF; Sarah Treuhaft, PolicyLink

View Buhlig's PPT slides

View Rosenhall 's PPT slides

View Truehaft's PPT slides

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Concurrent Breakout Sessions II

Policy Innovations at the State and Local Level
Participate in this session to explore the potential of several long-standing and several newly created local policies and strategies for achieving affordable housing near transit.  This discussion will feature an overview of best practices used by transit agencies across the country for achieving affordability in their joint development projects.  You’ll also hear a case study of an affordable housing trust fund created in association with a tax-increment funded transit expansion, and municipal strategies for assembling and leveraging public land parcels as a complement to an inclusionary zoning policy for achieving affordability. The discussion will also focus on the opportunities and challenges posed by these various policy tools.

  • Robin Kniech, FRESC:  Good Jobs, Strong Communities (moderator); Kate Little, BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board; Art Rodgers, District of Columbia Office of Planning

View Kniech 's PPT slides

View Little's PPT slides

View Rodgers's PPT slides

Rental Housing Preservation and TOD—the Denver Story
A 2009 study by AARP, Reconnecting America, and the National Housing Trust found that there were large numbers of affordable housing units within close proximity to public transit and that many of these units were in danger of leaving the subsidized inventory due to owner decisions to pre-pay or opt-out of their subsidy agreements or to physical deterioration.  This session will discuss strategies for preserving affordable housing near transit, job centers, and other location-efficient areas by highlighting the innovative work currently underway in the City of Denver, previewing a topic to be covered in greater depth during the rental preservation policy forum the next day.

  • Mijo Vodopic, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (moderator); Debra Bustos, Urban Land Conservancy; Gete Mekonnen, Northeast Denver Housing Center, Inc.; Melinda Pollack, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.; Jeff Romine, Denver Office of Economic Development; Dace West, Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships

View Bustos's PPT slides

View Mekonnen's PPT slides

View Enterprise's fact sheet on Denver's Transit-Oriented Development Fund

Visit the HousingPolicy.org policy guide, Preserve Affordable Rental Homes

Interagency Coordination at the State and Local Level

If you’re interested in discussing how state and local partners can develop effective working relationships across the different silos that touch on affordable and workforce TOD, this session is for you.  Among the many different entities whose work may touch an affordable or workforce TOD project are: state transportation agencies; metropolitan planning organizations; state and local housing departments; planning commission; zoning boards; local public housing authorities; public interest groups and others.  This session will discuss specific examples of interagency coordination leading to the development of affordable/workforce housing in different communities with a goal of identifying lessons learned about how to facilitate and strengthen this collaboration.

  • Robin Snyderman, Metropolitan Planning Council (moderator); Catherine Cox Blair, Reconnecting America and The Center for Transit Oriented Development; Gretchen Nicholls, Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); Seema Iyer, City of Baltimore Department of Planning

View Cox-Blair's PPT slides

View Nicholls's PPT slides


Data Tools to Support Housing + TOD Decision-Making
This session will provide hands-on training of new data tools from the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, designed to facilitate the planning of transit-oriented development at the local level.  The session will also address how to use data on the combined burden of housing and transportation costs to advocate for affordable/workforce TOD and as a marketing tool to encourage households to consider location-efficiency in their housing search process.

  • Keith Wardrip, Center for Housing Policy (moderator); Scott Bernstein, Center for Neighborhood Technology; Sasha Forbes, Reconnecting America

View Bernstein's PPT slides I and PPT slides II

View Forbes's PPT slides

View the Center for Housing Policy's publications on coordinating housing and transportation policy


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