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Annual Policy Symposium 2018
June 15, 2018
On June 15, housing leaders from around the country attended NHC’s 2018 Annual Policy Symposium in Washington, D.C. to discuss innovations in community development strategies and the city of Detroit’s amazing recovery.
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Mayor Mike Duggan, City of Detroit
Panel I: Next steps for Detroit
Detroit has experienced historic growth in recent years. Incredible partnership from the state and local governments, as well as financial investors like Linda Smith of U-SNAP-BAC, Dan Gilbert, the Kresge Foundation and JPMorgan Chase, has led to historic progress at creating jobs, rebuilding a vibrant downtown and implementing strategies to meet the city’s housing and community development needs. Panelists discussed next steps for the City of Detroit and how to leverage the revitalization to tackle persisting challenges like distressed properties, small business and commercial redevelopment and addressing the need for small-balance lending in the single-family market.
David M. Dworkin, NHC
- Gina Metrakas, Quicken Loans
- Linda Smith, U-SNAP-BAC
- Saskia Thompson, Detroit Land Bank Authority
Panel II: The role of public-private partnerships in comprehensive community development
Effectively revitalizing distressed communities requires a significant investment of both public and private capital and a holistic strategy focused not just on affordable housing, but on how to create quality neighborhoods where families can learn, shop and play. Organizations like the Low Income Investment Fund, Cinnaire and Develop Detroit have been working in these communities and crafting successful public-private partnerships. Panelists discussed how they have implemented these broader efforts, the financing programs that make them possible and how they are leveraging their success to expand their efforts and footprint.
Buzz Roberts, National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders
- Nancy Andrews, Low Income Investment Fund
- Julia Gordon, National Community Stabilization Trust
- Dianne Taylor, Council of State Community Development Agencies