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


Keynote – 4:15pm

Kirsten Kelly, Emmy -winning filmmaker of The Homestretch, a captivating documentary that follows three Chicago teens facing homelessness.

View Kirsten Kelly’s presentation here. Watch The Homestretch here.


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

Panelists: Andy DeCoux, IHDA; Dave Pearson, Related Midwest; Tracy Sanchez, City of Chicago; Daron Tubian, Bank of America

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

Panelists: Amy Bashiti, IHDA; Calvin Holmes, Chicago Community Loan Fund; Destini Lednicky, Southwestern Illinois Development Authority; Jack Markowksi, CIC

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