As we look ahead to 2024, the National Housing Conference invites you to join affordable housing leaders from across the country for our Solutions for Affordable Housing conference on December 7 at the National Press Club. For housers, this is an event not to miss. The need to place housing at the forefront of political dialogues has never been more urgent. As a nation, we have grappled with a growing affordability crisis for decades, affecting all communities. Rising shelter costs contribute to increased inflation, leaving families across the nation struggling to make ends meet, and in too many cases, remain housed. This year’s Solutions conference will focus on actions that are tangible, impactful, and achievable to address our nation’s most pressing housing policy needs.
We are thrilled to host two keynote speakers who have led the development and implementation of major housing policy advances: Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Sandra Thompson and Director of the National Economic Council Lael Brainard. Director Thompson will participate in a fireside chat to discuss FHFA’s initiatives to expand homeownership and rental opportunities through its oversight of the Federal Home Loan Banks, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. Director Brainard will discuss the work the Administration is doing to increase affordable housing for all Americans including the Administration’s Housing Supply Action Plan and work on racial equity. Senior staffers from the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the House Financial Services Committee will share their insights on navigating the legislative and regulatory landscape in 2024 and beyond.
The Solutions conference is a hybrid convening that serves as a platform for fostering connections among a diverse range of affordable housing stakeholders, encompassing officials from municipal bodies, charitable foundations, non-profit organizations, real estate developers, lenders, and beyond. Our focus at NHC remains on housing priorities that are tangible, impactful, and achievable. The housing industry was collectively disappointed last year with the absence of a year-end tax bill that would have been the ideal vehicle for NHC’s two main legislative priorities: The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (AHCIA) and the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act (Neighborhood Homes). These two bills are tangible, actionable, and achievable and would help to bolster housing supply while lowering rent and homeownership costs. Attendees of the convening will build a deeper understanding of key national housing issues like the AHCIA and Neighborhood Homes and the interplay between federal, state, and local policies that shape them.
This year’s sessions will provide participants with valuable insights to enhance their understanding of how their organization’s objectives align with the broader national housing strategy. Sessions include discussions with housing industry leaders on timely topics such as the influence of climate on housing insurance, housing concerns within the AAPI community, special purpose credit programs, mortgage servicing tactics to support families in keeping their homes, and modernizing the Housing Choice Voucher program, among other subjects. This convening would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, including our presenting sponsor Wells Fargo.
The momentum for tangible, impactful, and achievable housing solutions resonates across political aisles and communities. During the Solutions conference, NHC and our partners will bring housers together to unite industry stakeholders towards achieving our collective goals. Seating is limited and NHC members can purchase tickets at discounted member rates. We hope that you can join us in our nation’s Capital or virtually to underscore the importance of addressing today’s most pressing housing issues. It’s a matter that cannot be delayed another year.