Partners in Innovation: A Dialogue on Federal, State and Local Rental Preservation Solutions

March 17

Hosted by NHC and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


On March 17, NHC partnered with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to host a symposium entitled Partners in Innovation: A Dialogue on Federal, State and Local Rental Preservation Solutions, which brought together experts from across the nation to discuss the vital role that preserving affordable rental homes can play to help address the current housing crisis.

Key public officials, such as U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, spoke throughout the day about the important role that the Federal government can play in supporting innovative approaches to state and local rental housing preservation.

Specifically, the event featured three plenary discussions highlighting the work of 12 states and cities who were recently awarded a total of $32.5 million in grants and low-cost loans – including Denver, Florida, Iowa, Los Angeles, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and Portland, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington and Seattle – to launch projects to preserve affordable rental homes for more than 70,000 families as part of the Foundation's Window of Opportunity Initiative. Representatives speaking about model preservation programs supported by the Foundation in New York City and Cook County, Illinois, were also featured at the symposium.

To further this initiative, the Foundation also provided support for a day-long Rental Preservation Institute at the Solutions for Working Families: 2009 Learning Conference on State and Local Housing Policy, hosted by NHC and the Center for Housing Policy from June 28-30, 2009, in Chicago, IL. To access materials from this portion of the conference, please Click Here.

If you would like to learn more about Partners in Innovation or Solutions for Working Families, please contact Lynn Ross, director of state and local initiatives for NHC and the Center for Housing Policy.

Downloadable Materials from the Symposium

Download Symposium Agenda
Download Symposium Proceedings – Event Summary and Key Takeaways

View Event Photos on NHC's Flickr Page**

Listen to HUD Secretary Donovan's Remarks
Listen to USDA Secretary Vilsack's Remarks 

**Event photos were taken by Dave Scavone and should be attributed to him if used for other purposes.

Additional Rental Housing Preservation Resources from NHC and the Center for Housing Policy

"Rental Housing Preservation" Discussion Group on the Discussion Forum

NHC's research affiliate, the Center for Housing Policy, hosts a "Rental Housing Preservation" Discussion Group on its Discussion Forum. The Forum – available through both and – is a place for housing policymakers and practitioners to pose questions, exchange ideas, and learn from the experience and expertise of others. If you would like to learn more about rental housing preservation initiatives, or share information with your peers, please join the Forum.

NHC's "Open House" Blog

During the months of March and April in 2009, NHC's "Open House" Blog focused on "The Importance of Rental Housing Preservation." Guest bloggers showcased in relationship to this topic include Michael Bodaken, president of the National Housing Trust, and Moises Loza, executive director of the Housing Assistance Council. 

Insights from Housing Policy Research: Taking Stock - the Role of "Preservation Inventories" in Preserving Affordable Rental Housing

Part of a series of research briefs highlighting the findings and policy implications of housing policy research supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, this brief examines how data analysis is helping states and localities to preserve the stock of affordable rental housing.

Release Date: February 2009 Download PDF

View supplementary material: All Research Briefs in this Series