2013 Conference Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2013 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing, making this year’s conference a great success! We had an amazing turnout, with over 600 people in attendance. The two days were filled with excellent panels, inspiring keynote speakers and special remarks from Governor Pat Quinn.

The Illinois Housing Council and the Illinois Housing Development Authority sincerely appreciate your involvement in the conference and your commitment to affordable housing throughout Illinois!

For those who missed it or would like to review what you learned, we have posted the approved panel presentations below as well as videos & photographs.

2013 Conference Sessions

Permanent Supportive Housing

April 23, 2013 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm

A summary of the state’s long-term care rebalancing plan, the three consent decrees and implementation plans and state facilities closures. Panelists will also review programs and initiatives being made available to provide communitybased housing to consent decree class numbers, persons leaving state facilities, homeless persons, and other special needs populations.

Moderator

  • Bill Pluta Director, Office of Housing Coordination Services, IHDA

Panelists

  • Samuel Mordka Senior Development Office, IHDA
  • Dan Burke Statewide Housing Coordinator for Long Term Care Reform, Governor's Office
  • David Brint CEO, Brinshore Development LLC
  • David Esposito Director of Strategic Housing Initiatives, Thresholds

State Referral Network (SRN)

April 23, 2013 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm

An in-depth review of the network and how it operates: what is it, how does it work, and how can developers and property managers participate.

Moderator

  • Jennifer Novak Chan Assistant Director, Office of Housing Coordination Services, IHDA

Panelists

  • Dan Burke Statewide Housing Coordinator for Long Term Care Reform, Governor's Office
  • Brady Harden Chicago Area Housing Coordinator, Governor's Office
  • Janay Hayes-Mohamed Regional Manager, The Renaissance Companies
  • Brian Rowland CEO, A Safe Haven
  • Lindsey Bishop Gilmore Senior Project Manager, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Community Revitalization Programs

April 23, 2013 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Overview of programs available to assist communities impacted by foreclosure in their revitalization efforts.

Moderator

  • Nikki Pecori Director of Community Affairs, IHDA

Panelists

  • Geoff Smith Executive Director, Institute for Housing Studies, DePaul University
  • Brian Godlewski Illinois Building Blocks Program Manager, IHDA
  • Adam Gross Director of Affordable Housing, BPI
  • Katie Sabo Chief of Staff, Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Cook County
  • Jack Markowski President, Community Investment Corporation
  • Lawrence Grisham Managing Deputy, Department of Housing and Economic Development
  • Kate Ansorage Senior Project Manager, IFF

Legislative Updates

April 24, 2013 • 9:00am - 10:30am

Affordable housing and community development requires a robust and diverse mix of both public and private resources. In the current political realities of state and federal budget deficits, sequestration, and potential tax reform, our involvement in the public arena is more crucial than ever. Please join us for a discussion about the latest developments in DC and how you can get involved.

Moderator

  • Nick Brunick Partner, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen and Chair, IHC Legislative Committee

Panelists

  • Bob Moss Senior Vice President, Director of Originations, Boston Capital and Chairman, Housing Advisory Group
  • David Gasson Executive Director, Housing Advisory Group
  • Bill Pluta Director, Office of Housing Coordination Services, IHDA

Asset Management Initiatives

April 24, 2013 • 9:00am - 10:30am

IHDA updates on property management policies, including 2013 monitoring requirements. Also, streamlining procedures, e.g. through local Preservation Compact and federal rental housing realignment initiative. Property Managers: What do you love to see? What do you hate to see?

Moderator

  • Tony Hernandez Managing Director of Asset Management Services, IHDA

Panelists

  • Diane Smith Assistant Director of Asset Management Services, IHDA
  • Jennifer Miller Program Manager, Cook County Department of Planning and Development
  • Tony Augustine President, Prairie Management & Development
  • Polly Kuehl Senior Vice President, Evergreen Real Estate Services
  • Fred Daniels Senior Program Manager, Franklin Energy

Economic Development and Housing Research

April 24, 2013 • 9:00am - 10:30am

A review of available data and models to measure the economic impact of local housing development activities. Also a review of state, regional, and national housing trends.

Moderator

  • Alan Quick Assistant Director, Strategic Planning & Research, IHDA

Panelists

  • Sharon Gorrell Housing Policy Advisory, Illinois Association of Realtors
  • Rick Guzman Assistant Chief of Staff, Mayor's Office, City of Aurora
  • Robin Snyderman Principal, Brick Partners LLC & Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Instituions
  • P. William Basic President, Homebuilders Association of Illinois (HBAI)

Fair Housing

April 24, 2013 • 10:30am - 12:00pm

Besides new rules on disparate impact and existing ones on affirmatively furthering fair housing, HUD and DOJ are also working on drafting more definitive policy on fair housing regarding supportive housing for persons with disabilities. Hear the latest developments.

Moderator

  • Maureen Ohle General Counsel, IHDA

Panelists

  • Sol T. Kim HUD Office of General Counsel
  • Timothy Moran Deputy Chief, Housing & Enforcement Section, Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice
  • Katrina Van Valkenburgh Regional Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Mark Ishaug CEO, Thresholds

Preservation Financing

April 24, 2013 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm

The panel will explore topics including issues and opportunities prior to LIHTC Year 15, what to expect with the end of the compliance period, and opportunities for financing for older assisted properties.

Moderator

  • Bruce Schiff Managing Partner, FLS Group LLC

Panelists

  • Jim Weglarz Manager of Business Development, Multifamily Finance, IHDA
  • Glen Graff Partner & Tax Attorney, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen
  • Jim Fox Executive Director, Housing Investments, JP Morgan Capital Corporation
  • Maureen Pardo Senior Manager, Tax Consulting and Real Estate Services Groups, RubinBrown
  • David Cohen Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Risk Management

April 24, 2013 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm

This panel will provide strategies for protecting your properties and minimizing your risk.

Moderator

  • Julie Dann Senior Managing Director, Mesirow Financial

Panelists

  • Debra Incopero Assistant Vice President, Schwartz Brothers Insurance Agency
  • Mike Levine President, Leasing and Management
  • Mike Spence Vice President, Senior Asset Manager, The Richman Group Affordable Housing Corporation
  • Scott Byrne Claim Director, General Liability/Surplus Lines, Fireman's Fund Insurance

Financing and Long-Term Debt Alternatives

April 24, 2013 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm

In this time of limited financing, resources are being both realigned and discovered from non-traditional areas to assist in affordable rental housing development and preservation efforts.

Moderator

  • Linda Thurmond Managing Director of Multifamily Programs, IHDA

Panelists

  • James J. West Director, Community Development Lending Group, BMO Harris Bank NA
  • Tim Veenstra Senior Vice President, Mixed Income Public Housing Portfolio, Asset Management, Chicago Housing Authority
  • Brian Coate Vice President, Lancaster Pollard
  • Tim Klont Senior Analyst, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
  • Tracy Sanchez Project Manager, City of Chicago Department of Housing & Economic Development

Conversion to Managed Care: The Case for Supportive Living Facilities (SLFs)

April 24, 2013 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Hear how the changes in federal and state health care laws are impacting one segment of the affordable housing industry, and what the future looks like for them.

Moderator

  • Nancy McCaffrey President, Affordable Assisted Living Coalition

Panelists

  • Kelly Cunningham Director, Long Term Care Bureau
  • Jerry Finis Principal and CEO, Pathway Senior Living LLC
  • Rod Burkett President and CEO, BMA Management Ltd

Foreclosure Prevention Initiatives

April 23, 2014 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm

A discussion of the public and private programs available to assist homeowners avoid foreclosure.

Moderator

  • Joseph McGavin Director of the Illinois Hardest Hit Fund, IHDA

Panelists

  • Amber Lockwood Assistant Director of Community Affairs, IHDA
  • Ron Malik Vice President of Collections & Loss Mitigation, Dovenmuehle Mortgage
  • Ed Jacob Executive Director, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago
  • Sharon Legenza Executive Director, Housing Action Illinois & Co-Chair, Housing Task Force, Foreclosure Working Group

Shark Tank: Competing for Capital in a Challenging Climate

April 24, 2014 • 10:30am - 12:00pm

Modeled after the ABC television show, this session will provide insight into the current equity market as two projects in pre-development compete for equity.

Moderator

  • Ben Applegate Managing Director, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen

Panelists

  • Jeremy Yost Vice President, Yost Management Company LLC
  • Jeanmarie Kapp Chief Operating Officer, The Renaissance Companies
  • Aron Weisner Senior Director, Acquisitions, Enterprise Community Investment
  • Rob Wasserman Senior Vice President, US Bank CDC
  • Mark McCann Executive Director, Housing Investments, JP Morgan
  • Bryan Kilbane Director of Acquisitions, Red Stone Equity Partners
  • Rachel Rhodes Vice President, Midwest Region, National Equity Fund, Inc.
  • David Urban Director, RBC Capital Markets, Tax Credit Equity Group
  • Linda Hill Senior Vice President, Alliant Capital