2017 Conference Sessions
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Monday, March 13, 2017
Opening Plenary – 1:45-3:00pm
The Future of LIHTC and other Federal Resources
What impact will the new Presidential Administration and political environment have on the LIHTC program and other federal resources? Hear from experts on the ground in Washington D.C. about the opportunities, risks and how to engage in the political process.
Moderator: Mark Shelburne, Novogradac
Panelists: Ben Applegate, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen; Emily Cadik, Enterprise Community Partners/ACTION Coalition; David Gasson, Boston Capital/Housing Advisory Group; Stephen Wallace, Nixon Peabody
Illinois Affordable Housing Champion Awards Ceremony – 3:45-4:15pm
Congratulations to this year’s awardees:
The Jon Linfield Award: Macoupin Homes, Staunton
The Wyvetter H. Young Award: Morton Estates, Village of Morton
The Gale Cincotta Award: Milwaukee Avenue Apartments, Chicago
The 2017 Legislator of the Year Award: State Representative, Arthur Turner, Jr.
The 2017 Housing Counseling Agency of the Year Award: Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County
The 2017 Mortgage Lender of the Year Award: Wintrust Mortgage
The 2017 Loan Officer of the Year Award: Jason Accola, Sr. Mortgage Consultant, Wintrust Mortgage
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Session 1 – 9:00-10:30am
Policy – Housing Diverse Populations
From a developer’s perspective, the inclusion of permanent supportive housing (PSH) in a tax credit project scores points in the QAP, but successfully implementing PSH isn’t as easy as checking a box. In this session, we will explore and address common pitfalls and (mis)conceptions of PSH.
Moderator: Mike Niehaus, Windsor Homes
Panelists: Lore Baker, DHS; Adam Ballard, Access Living; David Esposito, Thresholds; Audra Hamernik, IHDA; Sam Mordka, IHDA
Finance – Major Accomplishments with 4% LIHTC
Hear real-life examples from developers and finance experts about how to best use the 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Using a case study format, panelists will cover permanent bonds, conduit bonds, back-to-back tax-exempt loans, and construction and permanent financing.
Moderator: Nandini Natarajan, IHDA
Innovation – Partnerships and Collaborations for Community Revitalization
Collaboration between State agencies, community organizations, and the private sector is key to providing quality housing, comprehensive services, and employment to persons in need. Learn about interagency partnerships, connections at the community level, and innovative examples of collaboration for community revitalization.
Moderator: Marisa Novara, Metropolitan Planning Council
Community Empowerment- Planning Vibrant Communities for the Long Term: Current Trends
Every community leader wishes they had a crystal ball to plan for the longevity and desirability of their community. Panelists will discuss the findings of their research on current trends in homeownership and rental housing, and how community leaders can plan for housing development and redevelopment in urban and suburban areas for generations to come.
Moderator: Andrew Geer, Enterprise Community Partners
Panelists: Jonathan Burch, CMAP, Kevin Jackson, Chicago Rehab Network; Alan Quick, IHDA; Geoff Smith, DePaul Institute for Housing Studies; Mark Wyckoff, Michigan State University Planning and Zoning Center
Session 2 – 11:00am-12:30pm
Policy – The Impact of Federal and State Legislation on Multi-Family Finance in Illinois
Take a deeper dive from yesterday’s big picture Opening Plenary discussion on the Federal political climate into a more local state legislative perspective and the outlook for terms, pricing and availability of credit/debt in Illinois.
Moderator: Nicholas J. Brunick, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen
Panelists: Jack Bernhard, Chase; Robert Espeland, US Bank; Christine Moran, IHDA; Rachel Rhodes, National Equity Fund; Reed Sullivan, IHDA
Finance – Cost Reduction Best Practices
Learn the best ways to reduce cost for affordable housing, from those who have successfully done it. This session will discuss soft costs, land cost, lowering total development cost, and working with and through institutional barriers.
Moderator: Mike Goetz, Laborers’ Home Development Corporation
Panelists: Linda Brace, The Community Builders; Clint Hienold, Core Construction; Bob Mathes, Linn-Mathes; Rich Sciortino, Brinshore
Innovation – Health and Housing
There is a strong and growing connection between personal and public health and the quality of the built environment. Experts will offer practical examples of how buildings themselves can be constructed with healthier lifestyles in mind, as well as methodologies for creating healthier communities, and the relationship between affordable housing and health outcomes.
Moderator: Elizabeth Godbold, Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects
Panelists: Michael Berkshire, City of Chicago Green Projects; Andre Blakely, Gorman and Company; Megan Cunningham, City of Chicago Dept. of Public Health; Mark Stroker, RISE; Peter Toepfer, Center for Housing and Health
Community Empowerment – Mayoral Perspectives on Housing and Economic Development
Mayors know better than anyone that a healthy housing market is essential to the overall economic prosperity of a community. Please join three Illinois mayors for a robust discussion on how to create opportunities and overcome obstacles as you plan for the future of your community and the residents who reside in it.
Moderator: Audra Hamernik, IHDA
Panelists: Mayor Tom Ashby, Centralia; Mayor Lawrence Morrissey, Rockford; Mayor Jeff Sherwin, Northlake; Former Mayor Tom Weisner, Aurora
Session 3 – 2:30-4:00pm
Policy – Valuing Affordable Housing: The Impact and Benefits
With high development costs becoming an ever more present issue in the media and NIMBYism on the rise, how do we communicate affordable housing’s value? This panel will explore the delicate balance between costs and benefits and suggest ways to communicate a more accurate narrative about the successes of affordable housing.
Moderator: David Brint, Brinshore Development, LLC
Panelists: David Block, Evergreen Real Estate Group; Robin Snyderman, BRiCK Partners; Joshua Wilmoth, Full Circle Communities; Cheryl Young, Trulia
Innovation – Streamlining the Closing Process
A participatory round-table discussion with IHDA staff focusing on best practices and feedback for improving the multi-family deal closing process. This is your chance to ask all your burning questions and give constructive suggestions!
Round-table: Daisy Fernandez, IHDA; Kathy Finn, IHDA; Christine Moran, IHDA; Daniel Gutman, IHDA
Community Empowerment – Homeownership Resources for Sustaining a Stable Economy
Sustaining homeownership is a win-win for residents and the community alike. Hear about opportunities for Federal funding, financial literacy and housing counseling resources that stabilize communities and improve quality of life for both existing and aspiring homeowners.
Moderator: Mayor Jeff Sherwin, Northlake
Panelists: Sheila Dodd, Habitat for Humanity; Scott Freudenberger, BMO Harris Bank, N.A.; Jerrold Mayer, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development; James Rudyk, Northwest Side Housing Center; Peter Sellke, IHDA