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NHC Launches New Communications Network In A Continuing Effort To Raise Affordable Housing To A First-Tier Issue On The Nation

The Launch of NHC’s Housing Communications Network Includes an Impressive Panel of Experts Discussing How We Communicate about Affordable Housing in a Post-Housing-Crisis World

Washington, DC (September 14, 2010) – The inaugural event of National Housing Conference’s (NHC) Housing Communications Network will be held today in Washington, DC. The network of housing policymakers and communications professionals is designed to promote affordable housing as a positive force in American communities and raise it to a first-tier issue on the national agenda.

“The housing and financial crisis in the U.S. has forever changed Americans’ view of affordable housing and the housing industry,” remarks NHC President and CEO Maureen Friar. “We (NHC) are creating a new model upon which astute communications in affordable housing can be discussed by industry leaders, advocates and policymakers.”

The launch will include a series of events, including a stimulating panel discussion among communications experts John Buckley, Managing Director of the Harbour Group, Tony Fratto, former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary in the George W. Bush Administration, and Jody Shenn, Mortgage and Housing Reporter for Bloomberg News. Panel moderator Erika Poethig, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will lead the discussion on the communications challenges facing housing today.

The panel follows the first convening of the NHC Housing Communications Network working group of housing communications professionals and culminates with a rooftop networking reception. The launch event will be attended by more than 100 housing industry leaders, advocates and policymakers. NHC would like to thank Collingwood Communications and Commonwealth Real Estate Information Services for their support in launching this event.