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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

Virtual Lunch with Housing Washington I

Homelessness is a Housing Problem

Keynoter: Gregg Colburn, Assistant Professor of Real Estate, University of WA-College of Built Environments

Description: Gregg Colburn’s book, Homelessness is a Housing Problem, seeks to explain the substantial regional variation in rates of homelessness in cities across the United States. In a departure from many analytical approaches, Colburn and Aldern shift their focus from the individual experiencing homelessness to the metropolitan area. Using accessible statistical analysis, they test a range of conventional beliefs about what drives the prevalence of homelessness in a given city — including mental illness, drug use, poverty, weather, generosity of public assistance, and low-income mobility—and find that none explain the regional variation observed across the country. Instead, housing market conditions, such as the cost and availability of rental housing, offer a far more convincing account. With rigor and clarity, Homelessness Is a Housing Problem explores U.S. cities' diverse experiences with housing precarity and offers policy solutions for unique regional contexts.



12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

Virtual Lunch with Housing Washington II

A Better Normal: Unlocking Our Sector's Full Potential to Create a Just and Equitable World

Keynoter: Vu Le, Writer and Speaker, Nonprofit AF

Description: During these tumultuous years, nonprofit and philanthropy have served as a beacon of light and hope. At the same time, there are many problems we need to address. As we struggle to get back to some semblance of normality, we must acknowledge that "normal" was full of inequity. What must we unlearn? What can we reimagine? How do we evolve our philosophies and practices and unlock our full potential to help advance an equitable world?


1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Virtual State Legislative Roundtable

Moderator: Rachael Myers, Executive Director, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

Panelists: Honorable Patty Kuderer, Washington State Senate; Honorable Nicole Macri, Washington State House of Representatives; Honorable Strom Peterson, Washington State House of Representatives

Description: The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Executive Director, Rachael Myers, will lead a session with state legislators and representatives to discuss affordable housing and homelessness legislative action for 2023.


3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Workshop 1

Affordable Housing 101
Presenter: Bryan Lloyd, Beacon Development

Description: A developer’s perspective on the process, financing, and basic principles of creating affordable housing in Washington. Whether you are brand new to the field or need to re-visit some of the many facets of the industry, you will find something of value in this interactive conversation. What the heck is LIHTC? Why doesn’t this work without public subsidy? Where does the money come from? These are just a few of the many questions we tackle together in this session.

Workshop 2

Asset Management that Performs and Inspires
Joel DuChesne, Community Boss; Jody Hunter, HNN Communities; Mark Shelburne, Novogradac & Company LLP; Thomas Stagg, Novogradac & Company LLP;

Description: This talented troupe of performers will show you how to: TAME unruly parking lots of all shapes and sizes; IMAGINE spending less time in disputes and spreading safety and happiness using smart strategies with Parking Boss TM technology; REVOLUTIONIZE your property set asides with the IRS’s just revised Income Averaging Rule; and BE HUMANE and unbiassed to all affordable housing residents when creating policies, especially for persons with disabilities.

Workshop 3

Communicating Affordable Housing to Influence the Future
Amy Clark, RALLY

Description: Learn from a seasoned professional in affordable housing messaging. Since its beginning, RALLY’s singular focus is advocacy. The agency’s entire business model – from its craft to culture to the clients it partners with – is designed to drive progress around complex political, cultural, and social challenges. No matter the issue, they believe there’s always a unique path forward. It’s just a matter of finding it or creating it.

Workshop 4
Washington State’s Aging and Long-Term Support Administration’s Expansion of Independent Housing (ALTSA)
Jonathan Carollo, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services; Whitney Howard, Aging and Long-Term Service Administration; Jonnie Matson, Aging and Long-Term Service Administration

Description: For over a decade ALTSA has provided monthly rent subsidies for eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities exiting institutional settings. ALTSA is working to expand independent housing options for our participants. During this session, the agency will share information on rent subsidies that may be used in current and future housing projects and discuss partnership opportunities.



5:00 PM – 7:30 PM 

Welcome Reception and Friend of Housing Awards

Presented by The Washington State Housing Finance Commission

Enjoy a complimentary "1st Drink on Us" courtesy of Haploos, a leading provider of cutting-edge virtual card services, offering scalable solutions for PHAs and governments of all sizes, providing clients a 1% rebate on all bills.


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Session 1

Understanding LIHTC Preservation Challenges
Dan Emmanuel, National Low Income Housing Coalition

Description:  Learn about recent research on LIHTC preservation from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC). This session will cover basic LIHTC preservation issues, estimates of LIHTC preservation risks, and findings from a new report on underlying data challenges for preservation planning in the LIHTC program. Participants will gain a better understanding of LIHTC preservation issues, and the data needed to adequately plan for preservation needs.

Session 2

Local Government Techniques and Incentives for Encouraging Affordable Housing 
Steve Butler, FAICP, Municipal Research & Services Center

Presenters: Jacques Colon, City of Tacoma; Jennifer Gregerson, City of Everett; Mike Stanger, A Regional Coalition to Housing; Spencer Gardner, City of Spokane 

Description: Affordable housing is a challenging issue facing most communities in Washington State. Several local governments are taking action to actively encourage the development of affordable housing through a variety of regulatory and non-regulatory techniques. This session will focus on the local use of those techniques and incentives, including inclusionary zoning, density bonuses, permit streamlining, and reduced infrastructure fees, to name just a few. 

Session 3

Power of Partnerships
Jane Broom, Microsoft; Linda Hall, Congregations for the Homeless; Lisa Vatske, Washington State Housing Finance Commission

Description: This presentation will discuss the approach, tools and examples of how corporate, public and private partners can work together to create powerful opportunities and strategies for creating affordable housing.

Session 4

Eviction OR Mediation
Ian Davie, Home Forward; Leslie Ann Grove, Northwest Mediation Center-Spokane; Megan Gale Johnston, Resolution Washington; Danielle Pittman, Mercy Housing; Kevin Weishaar, Mercy Housing

Description: Eviction: The legacy of discriminatory housing policies. A discussion of best practices to avoid preventable evictions and explore the drivers of eviction. Mediation: Supporting Housing Stability with Washington's Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (ERPP).



9:15 AM – 10:30 AM


Systematic Racism, Urban Development, Upward Mobility and High-Displacement Gentrification
Keynoter: Dr. Lorin Carter, Founder and CEO, C-Suite Consulting

Description: Learn from the head of C-Suite Consulting, an award-winning equity, justice, and social impact firm, about the comprehensive and innovative approach to creating equity solutions that strive to holistically improve quality of life, increase access to opportunities, and ensure diversity and inclusion in decision making. She will address issues of systematic racism and how it has impacted affordable housing, neighborhood gentrification and displacement of people of color with the goal to facilitate thriving equity ecosystems through community-focused solutions, strategy development, and capacity building to make urban spaces more equitable places.

10:45AM – 11:45 AM

Session 5

Advancing Equitable Development Partnerships
Grace Kim, Schemata Workshop

Panelists:  Derrick Belgarde, Chief Seattle Club; Ceil Erickson, Seattle Foundation; Muammar Hermanstyne, Africatown Plaza; Joel Ing, Edge Developers; Chris Persons, Community Roots Housing; Keri Williams, Washington State Housing Finance Commission

Description: We are at an inflection point as society, with a reinforced commitment to collaborate with community to identify housing strategies that strive to address persistent inequities and work to move beyond the current model of doing business. State agencies, affordable housing developers, communities, funders philanthropy and private partners are exploring strategies for promoting development by and for a community to address the needs of those most impacted by housing disparities. This Housing Development Consortium session shares strategies from leaders on the frontlines of advancing change for equity, community development partnership and increasing access to affordable housing.

Session 6

Increase in Housing Construction Costs and the Affordable Housing Need
Brian Lloyd, Beacon Development

Panelists: Allison Lorig, BRIDGE Housing; J.J. Powell, Walsh Construction; Shawn Scott, Rafn Company; Emily Thompson, GMD Development

Description: News flash — construction is expensive! Data indicates that the cost of construction has increased by more than 16.7% and multifamily new construction has increased 20.1% in between March 2021 to March 2022. These numbers are staggering, and this Housing Development Consortium session will engage affordable housing developers, general contractors, and leaders in breaking down the development trends, reality of increased cost, pressures from inflation, risk management and what all this means for affordable housing 


Session 7

Advancing Housing Affordability Through Periodic Major Comprehensive Plan Updates in Local Communities
Patience Malaba, Housing Development Consortium

Panelists: Laura Benjamin, Puget Sound Regional Council; Alex Brennan, Futurewise; Jessica Clawson, McCollough Hill Leary; Laura Hodgson, Washington State Department of Commerce

Description: One of the main ways our communities can plan for a future where people live with dignity in safe, healthy, and affordable homes is through periodic updates to Comprehensive Plans. The Comp Plan is effectively a handbook that contains a city’s goals, visions, and policies around growth and development. They are intended to ensure growth is inclusive of housing affordability among other factors. Join this session to hear from agencies like the Puget Sound Regional Council and the Department of Commerce who are shaping and leading this work in learning more about the technical tools for planners, advocates, and community leaders as the update process begins.

Session 8

City Levies; Looking Forward to 2023 From Vancouver to Seattle to Bellingham 
 Samya Lutz, City of Bellingham; Stephanie Velasco, City of Seattle; Samantha Whitley, City of Vancouver

Description: Learn about local affordable housing levy initiatives from leaders from Bellingham, Seattle, and Vancouver. Presenters will share their experiences in crafting messages for public education, mobilizing campaigns, implementing levy-funded programs and operations, and provide recommendations for other cities considering moving forward with their own housing levies.

Session 9

Removing Barriers to Affordable Housing for Homeless and People Coming Out of Incarceration
Khalil Halim, Second Chance Center, Inc.; Hassan Latif, Second Chance Center, Inc.; Katie Symon, BeauxSimone Consulting

Description: This workshop showcases Second Chance Center in Denver, which for the past 10 years has worked with people coming out of corrections. SCC provides services in its 50-unit PSH Project for people experiencing homelessness and recently been involved with corrections. The service model relies heavily on trauma informed care and peer to peer support. SCC is now developing their second housing project, intended to be a mix of workforce and supportive housing.

12:00 PM -1:30 PM

The Mid-Terms and Beyond: What it Means for America 
Keynoter: David Bradley, Chief Executive and Co-Founder, NCAF

Description: A unique keynote covering all things midterms. David will provide his insights and predictions on key House, Senate, and gubernatorial races and will help us make sense of what it all means for the remainder of 2022. He’ll tells us how much he expects parties to be able to work together, or if Congress will continue to be broken and divided. He will address what the midterms mean for the Biden Administration and the President’s legislative agenda; Nancy Pelosi and current House leadership; the continued rise of the Freedom Caucus; democracy as a whole; and the 2024 presidential election.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Dessert with Exhibitors and Networking


2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Session 10

Washington’s Homeowner Assistance Fund Update
Ann Campbell, Washington State Department of Commerce; Emily Northrup, Washington State Housing Finance Commission

Description: Struggling homeowners across Washington can get help with their mortgage payments and other home-related expenses through this $173 million federal program, overseen by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission in partnership with a network of housing counseling agencies and the state Homeownership Hotline. The Commission will share how the program is reaching out to underserved communities and getting these funds to those most in need.

Session 11

Advancing Transformative Investments in Affordable Housing
Jessie Simpson, Housing Development Consortium

Panelists: Honorable Frank Chopp, 43rd Washington Legislative District; Patience Malaba, Housing Development Consortium; Rachael Myers, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance; Ben Stuckart, Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium; Tony Yuchasz, Consultant

Description: The need for affordable housing in our communities is greater than ever, and we must do everything we can to increase the supply of affordable homes. The primary constraint on our community’s ability to scale affordable housing creation is the limited public resources available to fund affordable housing. The 2023 legislative session presents an opportunity for bolder legislation to advance transformative investments in affordable housing.

Session 12

Sound Communities: Housing Benefit Districts to Support ETOD at Scale
Josh Brown, Puget Sound Regional Council; Robert Feldstein, Cedar River Group and Sound Communities Support; Matt Hoffman, Maul Foster and Alongi, Inc.; Faith Pettis, Pacifica Law Group

Description: Sound Communities is pushing for equitable transit-oriented development at scale by trying to establish revolving funds to support proactive planning and land-banking near transit stations. These can be an essential tool in helping realize a community’s vision for the area, fight displacement, and ensure more housing — especially more affordable and workforce housing.  The presentation will also highlight new tools developed by Sound Communities — including a manual, Station Area Knowledge Base, and a scenario-testing impact model - to help jurisdictions take on this challenge.


Session 13

Building Synergy Through Historic Preservation and Housing Affordability

Moderator: Nicholas Vann, Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation

Presenters: Breanne Durham, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation; Megan Duvall, City of Spokane; Maiko Winkler-Chin, City of Seattle

Description: Historic preservation is a philosophy and practice that can play a pivotal role in creating and maintaining affordable housing choices. Preservation is also grounded in enhancing the strength of communities by fostering a unique sense of place. All too often, we are forced into an either/or choice — a misconception that one must choose either affordable housing or historic preservation. In reality, affordable housing and historic preservation co-exist beautifully. When combined, projects have an unparalleled ability to deliver equitable outcomes for underserved populations, promote community connections by adapting our built environment to meet current and future needs, and are often cost-effective both economically and environmentally.

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Session 14

Apple Health and Homes
Kimberly Castle, Washington State Healthcare Authority; Melodie Pazolt, Washington State Department of Commerce

Description: ESHB1866 passed in the 2022 Legislative session and created the new Office of Apple Health and Homes/Permanent Supportive Housing Unit within the Housing Division at Department of Commerce. Apple Health and Homes is a multi-systemic approach to bring the 3-legs of the stool together (bricks/mortar, operations/maintenance/project-based vouchers/housing subsidies with the services to help individuals obtain and maintain housing to fruition. The goal of this session is to introduce the goals and strategies of Apple Health and Homes as we partner with the Health Care Authority, Department of Social and Health Services to marry supportive housing services through Foundational Community Supports and permanent supportive housing resources. 

Session 15

Multifamily Property Tax Exemption: Leveraging Market Rate Development to Create Affordable Housing 
Andrew Bjorn, AICP, Ph.D., Berk Consulting; Mary Reinbold, AICP, Washington State Department of Commerce

Description: In this session attendees will learn about recent changes to zoning and development code regulations and the multifamily property tax exemption (MFTE) program. Attendees will also learn about trends in rent restricted and market rate housing developed through MFTE. Mary Reinbold and Andrew Bjorn will present best practices and findings from statewide MFTE stakeholder engagement, offer tips for partnering with jurisdictions, and introduce new tools available to support MFTE development. The presenters will then host a listening session to provide housing developers and other stakeholders a chance to inform the Department of Commerce’s ongoing work to develop recommendations to improve the MFTE program and increase consistent implementation throughout the state. 

Session 16

Acquisition and Preservation of Affordable Housing in Rural America
Marty Miller, Office or Rural and Farmworker Housing

Description: Preserving existing affordable housing is as important as creating new opportunities. Join us in this session to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with acquiring and rehabilitating existing affordable housing in rural Washington state.

Session 17

Service Enriched Housing: Collaborative Service and Operations Management to Maximize Housing Stability
Teena Ellison, Compass Housing Alliance; Tawnie Fransen, Compass Housing Alliance

Description: Participate in a discussion and presentation on our integrated services and operations model in service enriched housing, tax credit and Permanent Supportive Housing sites; working together to enhance quality of life and increase housing stability in low-barrier housing. Review the effects of this practice utilizing harm reduction, and trauma informed care as a foundation. Explore areas of cooperation and overlap between onsite operations and supportive services in day-to-day functions and overall property management. Learn effective tools and techniques to support residents with a trauma informed approach while addressing property concerns and lease violations. Provide consistent supportive services to those living with historical trauma, mental/behavioral health concerns and substance use disorders in housing. Identify tools and skills to promote quality of life to our most vulnerable residents and provide increased stability and housing retention. Explore realities of permanent supportive housing. What is working? Where are our challenges? How do we as a community of providers address the gaps we see, and how can we balance the pull of funder expectations and on the ground realities?

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Closing Networking and Reception

Box “Snack” for the Flight


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