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- David M. Dworkin, NHC
- Courtney Howard Hodapp, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- Sen. Jack Reed, (D-RI) (via video)
Closing the Black Homeownership Gap
The Black homeownership rate remains persistently lower than the country’s overall homeownership rate – a stark reminder of progress that must be made to fulfill the mission of the Fair Housing Act, 50 years after its passage. There is a clear need for immediate action to ensure Black households have equal access to homeownership and its many financial and social benefits. This panel of experts will explore opportunities to increase Black homeownership and discuss NHC’s Black Homeownership Working Group’s initiatives.
- Steve O’Connor, Mortgage Bankers Association
- Lisa Rice, National Fair Housing Alliance
- Cy Richardson, National Urban League
- Antoine Thompson, National Association of Real Estate Brokers
Moderator: Connie Wright, Wells Fargo
Increasing Cross-Sector Impact in Health and Housing
The intersection of health and housing has been at the forefront of industry discussions for the greater part of 2020 as housing stakeholders worked tirelessly to keep at-risk families and individuals safely housed in the midst of a global pandemic. COVID-19 has shined a bright light on the importance of stable and sustainable housing for homeowners and renters alike. This panel of experts will explore lessons learned from a year in crisis and examine the influence of housing in driving positive health outcomes.
- Maurice Jones, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
- Andy McMahon, UnitedHealthCare Community & State
- Nan Roman, National Alliance to End Homelessness
- Adrianne Todman, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
- Jacqueline Waggoner, Enterprise Community Partners
Moderator: Courtney Howard Hodapp, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Addressing the Affordable Rental Crisis
Although COVID-19 has redefined rental markets, the need for affordable rental options across the income spectrum remains. Tight inventory and new construction focused on rental units for high-income households continue to squeeze low- to-moderate income households as the share of cost-burdened renters increases. Better investment in affordable rental units must be a priority for policymakers at every level of government, especially with the economy in recession and many households still reeling from the financial aftermath of the pandemic. Hear from the housing organizations working to address this mounting crisis.
- Doug Bibby, National Multifamily Housing Council
- Priya Jayachandran, National Housing Trust
- Linda Mandolini, Eden Housing
- Andrea Ponsor, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future
Moderator: Angie Lathrop, Bank of America
Luncheon Plenary: Priorities for a New Administration
Hear from policy and industry leaders shaping the next four years of housing policy. As the federal government goes back to the drawing board on major issues, including homeownership, rental housing and homelessness, the incoming administration faces enormous challenges, as well as new opportunities to point U.S. housing policy in a sustainable and positive direction.
- Shekar Narasimhan, Beekman Advisors
- Jim Parrott, Parrott Ryan Advisors
Moderator: Anne McCulloch, Housing Partnership Equity Trust
The Future of the Community Reinvestment Act
CRA was passed in 1977 to encourage banks to better serve low-income communities, yet many agree the law fell short of its original promise, prompting regulators to reimagine a modernized version of this landmark statute. In the spring, however, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency broke from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Reserve to propose disruptive changes to CRA this year. NHC joined many housing organizations in opposition to the proposal, arguing it goes against the intent of the original legislation and only adds to the confusion it sought to resolve. Hear from regulators and industry stakeholders about the challenges the current proposal and the disjointed rulemaking approach pose to financial institutions charged with implementing new changes and upholding the mission of CRA.
- Joseph Firschein, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
- Buzz Roberts, National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders
- Shannon Ross, Housing Partnership Network
- Stockton Williams, National Council of State Housing Agencies
Moderator: Anthony Weekly, Truist
Turning the Housing Supply Crisis into an Economic Opportunity
The affordable housing crisis is complex and multifaceted, further complicated by record low interest rates and a slowdown in new construction during the peak of the pandemic. From local zoning regulations to construction costs and the lack of diverse government subsidies, a diverse range of factors have led to the historically low levels of supply and rising home prices we see in today’s housing market. But is this environment ripe with opportunity? Could innovative policy solutions be the answer to unlocking economic opportunity in this housing supply crisis? This panel of industry leaders and developers will explore big ideas to turn this years-long crisis into greater opportunity for all households.
- Caroline Blakely, Rebuilding Together
- Ed Brady, Home Builders Institute
- Susan Dewey, Virginia Housing
- Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity
Moderator: Ralph Perrey, Tennessee Housing Development Agency
A Renewed Agenda to End Homelessness
Going into 2020, the homelessness crisis appeared to be worsening, particularly in densely populated urban centers. The lack of affordable housing opportunities and unprecedently tight rental and housing markets have jeopardized the ability for low-income individuals and families to secure safe housing. COVID-19 has only deepened this crisis, adding historic unemployment on top of an existing homeless population of more than half of million. With another quarter of a million new people at risk of becoming homeless because of the pandemic, this panel of homeless service providers and advocates will explain what can be done to serve those most in need.
- Cathy Alderman, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
- Steve Berg, National Alliance to End Homelessness
- Laura Grannemann ,Rocket Community Fund
- Kathryn Monet, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
Moderator: Mona Pasquil Rogers, Facebook
Closing Plenary: 2021 Legislative Agenda
Following a tumultuous year, the 117th Congress has an enormous opportunity to not only restore stability to the U.S. economy, but revitalize communities across the country with long overdue investments in affordable housing. 2021 brings a new year and new hope to move the needle on impactful and bipartisan housing legislation, including the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, the Moving Forward Act, the “Yes in My Backyard” Act and more. Find out what’s on the 2021 legislative agenda from the experts on this panel.
- Emily Cadik, Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition
- Ryan Clancy, No Labels
- Bryan Greene, National Association of REALTORS®
- Bill Killmer, Mortgage Bankers Association
Moderator: Kris Siglin, National Community Stabilization Trust