2014 Conference Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2014 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing a success! We had almost 700 attendees, 43 exhibitors, and many other supporters.

Lively discussion in 17 panels on topics from housing finance and asset management to housing, education and healthcare took this year’s conference to the next level and aided in raising awareness and building networks among the hundreds of represented organizations in attendance from Chicago, Illinois and beyond.

The honorable Governor Pat Quinn shared his commitment to affordable housing in Illinois and Affordable Housing Champion Awardees inspired attendees with their amazing accomplishments and impact on the quality of life of residents in Illinois. See the Governor’s address here:

2014 Conference Sessions

Planning for the Future: Re-thinking Affordable Housing Needs

April 22, 2014 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm

As Illinois residents change the way they live and work, affordable housing partners will require new strategies to meet the evolving needs of developers and communities. Explore how communities are changing and what a new market means for the future of affordable housing.

Moderator

  • David Brint Chief Executive Officer, Brinshore Development

Panelists

  • Alan Quick Director, Strategic Planning & Research, IHDA
  • Amy Rynell Senior Director of Research & Policy, Heartland Alliance
  • Jacques Sandberg Vice President, Related Midwest
  • Elizabeth Scott Research & Policy Program Officer, Chicago Rehab Network
  • Susana Vazquez Executive Director, LISC Chicago

The Real Deal

April 23, 2014 • 9:00am - 10:30am

Structuring the deal is a key aspect of affordable housing financing and often the most complex. Learn about best practices from lenders and syndicators as they discuss innovative solutions from Illinois and across the country.

Moderator

  • Ben Applegate Managing Director, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen

Panelists

  • David Block Director of Development (IN, IL, MI), The Community Builders
  • Kacey Cordes Mahrt Vice President, US Bancorp Community Development Corporation
  • Tania Kadakia Vice President, Relationship Manager, BMO Harris Bank NA
  • Mark McCann Executive Director, JP Morgan Capital Corporation
  • John Powell Executive Vice President, Bellwether Enterprise

Fair Housing: Balancing Opportunity and Disparity

April 23, 2014 • 9:00am - 10:30am

Fairness and equal access to opportunity are critical to the effective distribution of federal resources. This panel of experts will discuss how HUD’s Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) and recent Department of Justice Fair Housing cases have provided new insights into the priorities for affordable housing resources and how those resources are balanced.

Moderator

  • Marisa Novara Program Director, Metropolitan Planning Council

Panelists

  • Stephen Acree President, Rise
  • Jane Hornstein Deputy Director, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, Department of Planning and Development
  • Alan Quick Director, Strategic Planning and Research IHDA
  • Mary Ellen Tamasy President, Lake County Residential Development Corporation (LCRDC)

Moving Beyond Foreclosure

April 23, 2014 • 9:00am - 10:30am

The reality is that not all homes can be saved from foreclosure. What should would-be renters consider about a rental property’s financial health before entering into a lease? How do former homeowners who lost their homes need to do to fix their credit to re-enter the market as buyers? What are lenders looking out for and what programs would be ideal for these buyers? What role does post-purchase counseling play in ensuring that these buyers do not fall into financial trouble again? Join the conversation as we discuss how to prepare tenants and former homeowners for moving beyond foreclosure.

Moderator

  • Bob Campbell Deputy Director, HomeStart

Panelists

  • Jason Accola Senior Mortgage Consultant, Wintrust Mortgage Corporation
  • Liz Caton Housing Counselor II, Northwest Side Housing Center
  • Terry Clemens Executive Director, National Consumer Reporting Association
  • Aileen Flanagan Staff Attorney, Lawyers Committee for Better Housing

Preserving Your Assets

April 23, 2014 • 9:00am - 10:30am

Maintaining the physical health of aging properties goes hand-in-hand with maintaining the financial health of those assets. Hear about funding and strategies for maintaining aging properties that do not need or qualify for re-syndication.

Moderator

  • Rozilyn Bryant Asset Management Supervisor, Illinois Housing Development Authority

Panelists

  • Tim Klont Senior Analyst, FHLB Chicago
  • David Layman President, Hooker DeJong Architects
  • Christine Moran Assistant Director of Multifamily Financing, IHDA
  • Jason Ransby-Sporn Energy Saver Program Manager, Elevate Energy

From Springfield to D.C.

April 23, 2014 • 10:45am - 12:15pm

Join industry insiders and key housing policy leaders for a discussion on the latest news from Springfield and Washington D.C. This is your opportunity to hear directly from affordable housing advocates on upcoming legislative initiatives, what they mean for your business and what you can do to help.

Moderator

  • George Dinges President, Development Services Group

Panelists

  • Char Flickinger Legislative Liason, IHDA
  • David Gasson Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications, Boston Capital; Executive Director, Housing Advisory Group
  • Andrea Traudt Executive Director, Illinois Housing Council
  • Diane Yentel Vice President, Public Policy, Enterprise Community Partners

Health and Housing: What’s All the Fuss?

April 23, 2014 • 10:45am - 12:15pm

Ongoing changes to the health care system are spurring conversations about the value of coordinating health and housing. There are many ways to do so on the continuum of healthy housing – from thoughtful design to helping residents gain access to health care to co-locating housing with federally qualified health centers. Hear about innovative strategies for using coordinated development to increase access to affordable housing and affordable health care.

Moderator

  • Andrew Geer Vice President & Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners

Panelists

  • Michael Goldberg Vice President, Heartland Alliance; Executive Director, Heartland Housing
  • Jill Steen New Markets Underwriting, National Equity Fund/LISC
  • Joe Williams Co-Chairman, Granite Development
  • Todd Wiltse Associate Partner, Worn Jerabek Architects PC

The Future of Rental Assistance

April 23, 2014 • 10:45am - 12:15pm

As funding for affordable housing continues to shrink, resources must be maximized to house a range of residents and used to integrate affordable housing more strategically into communities. Hear how the financing tools and the best practices for rental assistance are changing and being used in innovative ways.

Moderator

  • Nick Brunick Partner, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen

Panelists

  • Larry Pusateri Vice President, Lighten-Gale Group
  • Antonio Riley Midwest Regional Administrator, HUD
  • Ellen Sahli Chief Housing Officer, Chicago Housing Authority
  • Barbara Sard Vice President for Housing Policy, Center for Budget & Policy Priorities

What’s New at IHDA

April 23, 2014 • 10:45am - 12:15pm

Learn more about four of IHDA’s hottest new programs: Preservation Now, Abandoned Properties Program, Blight Reduction Program and Welcome Home Illinois.

Moderator

  • Vanessa Hill Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Panelists

  • Joseph S. McGavin Director of Illinois Hardest Hit Fund, IHDA
  • Christine Moran Assistant Director of Multifamily Financing, IHDA
  • Tara Pavlik Director of Homeownership Programs, IHDA
  • Nicki Pecori Director of Community Affairs, IHDA

Scattered Site Rental: Bringing Vacant Homes Back Online

April 23, 2014 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm

In the wake of the foreclosure crisis, scattered site rental has grown as an effective tool to reactivate existing housing stock and rebuild communities. Explore how these innovative developments have been planned, funded, and executed to bring vacant homes back online as opportunities for affordable rental housing.

Moderator

  • Bryan Kilbane Director of Acquisitions, Red Stone Equity Partners

Panelists

  • Sarah Flax Housing and Grants Administrator, City of Evanston
  • Guacolda Reyes Vice President, Community Development, The Resurrection Project
  • Michael Roane Vice President, Brinshore Development
  • Suzi Thackston Vice President, FHLB Chicago

Best Practices at Year 15

April 23, 2014 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm

As the oldest Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) properties near 30 years old, balancing preservation of existing units and the production of new units is becoming increasingly important. Hear about best practices for structuring re-financing, IHDA’s perspective on re-syndication and other helpful tips to secure the financial health of your aging asset.

Moderator

  • Elizabeth Demes Executive Director, Alden Foundation

Panelists

  • Glen Graff Partner, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen
  • Christine Moran Assistant Director of Multifamily Financing, IHDA
  • Bruce Schiff Partner, FLS Group
  • Stephen Sparks Vice President, Community Development Banking, Bank of America

Health Care Reform and Your Residents

April 23, 2014 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm

Research continues to show that supportive housing and Supportive Living Facilities (SLFs) work, but it remains a challenge to assemble the services that give many residents a second chance. Learn from this panel of experts and hear the latest updates on how the Affordable Care Act, Managed Care and the re-balancing of long term care in Illinois will change the way we support our state’s most vulnerable residents.

Moderator

  • Lore Baker Statewide Housing Coordinator for Long Term Care Reform, State of Illinois, Office of the Governor

Panelists

  • Karen Batia Executive Director, Heartland Health Outreach; Vice President, Heartland Alliance
  • Kelly Cunningham Deputy Administrator for Programs, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
  • Wayne Smallwood Executive Director, Affordable Assisted Living Coalition
  • Audrey Thomas Executive Director, Deborah's Place

Creating Housing and Education Crossroads

April 23, 2014 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm

Proximity to quality schools has a profound impact on the success of community stabilization efforts and is a major driver of housing decisions. Hear about innovative strategies for using coordinated development to improve affordable housing and increase access to quality schools in communities throughout the state and beyond.

Moderator

  • Chris Brown Director of Education, LISC Chicago

Panelists

  • Jeff Bartow Executive Director, Southwest Organizing Project
  • Kevin Goldsmith Division Manager, New Markets Tax Credit, Chase Bank
  • Steve Smith Chief Executive Officer, Model Group

Integrated Supportive Housing

April 23, 2014 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Illinois’ priorities for providing housing options for our most vulnerable residents. Hear the latest from the Governor’s office and learn from the experiences of those in the field, providing supportive housing in integrated settings.

Moderator

  • Betsy Benito Director, Illinois Program, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Panelists

  • Audra Hamernik President/Executive Director, A. Hamernik & Associates, Inc.
  • Juanita Irizarry Statewide Housing Coordinator for Long Term Care Reform, Governor's Office of Health Innovation and Transformation
  • Katherine Mazzocco Senior Vice President, BMO Harris Bank NA
  • Tara Peele Director of Home First Illinois, IFF

Rooftops Required for Retail and Ridership: How Housing Can Anchor Economic Development

April 23, 2014 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Successful communities provide their residents access to jobs, transportation and daily retail needs. Many opportunity areas have access to these resources already but many Illinois communities, especially those that have been hard hit by the housing crisis, continue to struggle with access to commercial resources. Join us to hear best practices for how to develop affordable housing that truly supports the local economy.

Moderator

  • Robin Snyderman Principal, BRiCK Partners LLC

Panelists

  • Rob Anthony Executive Director, Community Partnerships for Affordable Housing
  • Dave Doig President, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
  • Brian Hollenback President, Renaissance Rock Island, Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation
  • Cheryl Wilson Vice President, Community Development Lending, US Bank

Beyond LIHTC: Alternative Funding Sources

April 23, 2014 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Competition for the 9% LIHTC remain high and other federal funding programs continue to shrink. Learn about new strategies for attracting capital to fund affordable housing and community development initiatives.

Moderator

Panelists

  • Leila Ahmadifar Senior Vice President, City Real Estate Advisors
  • Jack Crane Senior Loan Officer, Community Investment Corporation (CIC)
  • Carl Jenkins Vice President and Director, BMO Harris Community Investments Group

Moving Forward With HUD

April 23, 2014 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Hear and obtain the most up-to-date HUD program and policy information affecting affordable housing, public housing, community and economic development. In addition, information will be provided regarding accessing HUD funding for affordable housing, community and economic development.

Moderator

  • Ray Willis Director, Community Planning and Development Division, HUD

Panelists

  • Dan Burke Director, Multi Family Housing Division, HUD
  • Kimberly Dana Program Manager, Community Planning and Development Division, HUD
  • Eleny Ladias Acting Director, Public and Indian Housing Division, HUD