Forum Moderator:

JoAnne Poole, Chair, Housing Opportunity Committee, National Association of REALTORS®

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

8:00–8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Opening Session

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Moe Veissi, President, National Association of REALTORS®
  • Mary Kenney, Executive Director, Illinois Housing Development Authority

9:00–9:45 a.m.

Plenary Session

Overview of Housing Challenges and the Impact on Working Families

Speaker:  Eric Belsky, Managing Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies

9:45–10:45 a.m. 

Round Table Discussion

Panel of industry experts discuss strategies, tools, products and resources to assist workforce buyers and renters to address the housing challenges they face.

Moderator: John McIlwain, Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute

Panelists: Paul Bishop, Vice President of Research, National Association of Realtors®
Antonio Riley, US Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator, Region V
 Jayna Bower,Jayna Bower,Jayna Bower, NeighborWorks® America
Kim Herman, Executive Director, Washington State Housing Finance Commission

11:00–12:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1:  Neighborhood Stabilization and Foreclosure Solutions

Moderator:  Samantha DeKoven, Metropolitan Planning Council 

Panelists: Letitia Clark George, New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors®
Dawn Stockmo, National Community Stabilization Trust 
David Brint, Brinshore Development

This session will examine programs that are helping to stabilize communities that have suffered from foreclosures and abandonment as well as ones that are helping to revitalize and transform neighborhoods with affordable housing options.

Breakout 2: Advocacy and Policy Programs and Strategies

Moderator: Chris Estes, National Housing Conference

Panelists: Rob Authier, Massachusetts Association of Realtors
Jacky Grimshaw, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Jim Flaherty, Philadelphia Home Buy Now Program

Legislation and regulations can help advance workforce housing opportunities. Session will highlight regulations, incentives, and public policies, as well as advocacy efforts that can create more affordable housing opportunities for working families.

12:15 p.m.

Luncheon & Keynote

Keynote Speaker: Amy Rislov Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee will discuss Aurora's award winning employer-assisted housing program, administered by NeighborWorks® organization, Select Milwaukee.

2:00–3:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout 3: Consumer Education, Outreach & Assistance

Moderator Becca Goldstein, NHS Chicago

Panelists: Teresa Tilton, New Jersey Association of Realtors®
Randi DeHollander, Tri-Valley Homeownership Center
Karen Walker, Nevada Association of Realtors® Rental Deposit Program
Wyonette Cheairs, Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation

Session will highlight unique programs that provide housing counseling and education, foreclosure prevention, financial assistance and/or consumer outreach to assist workforce families in meeting their housing needs.

Breakout 4: Affordable Housing Finance and Development

Moderator: Sandra Robles, ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing

Panelists: Brenda Torpy, Champlain Housing Trust
Donald Manekin, Seawall Development
Steve Chitwood, Orlando Regional Realtor® Association

Every development project or housing program needs financial resources. This session will focus on a variety of ways to fund affordable housing developments and programs.

3:30–4:15 p.m.

Wrap Up & Next Steps
Case Study: Welcome Home Idaho Program

Miguel Legarreta, Ada County Association of REALTORS®

4:15–4:30 p.m.

Closing Session

Closing Remarks: C​hris Estes, National Housing Conference

Thursday, October 11, 2012

9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Employer-Assisted Housing Class

NAR’s Employer-Assisted Housing Class is designed to help REALTORS® and their partners, including non-profits, lenders and government officials, work with local employers so that they can help their employees become homeowners or afford a home close to work. The four-hour EAH class presents an overview of employer-assisted housing and discusses three EAH benefit options employers can implement with your assistance: homebuyer & homeownership education; counseling; and financial assistance.  

CE Credit is available for Realtors® in Illinois and is sponsored by the Illinois Association of Realtors®

Lisa A. Thompson, Century 21 S.G.R., Inc.
Lillie Sellers, Metropolitan Planning Council