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Wednesday, 1:45PM - 3:15PM

Colorado’s National Housing Trust Fund Program
This workshop will examine the first months of funding availability under the National Housing Trust Fund, including:  review of eligible uses of funds and program requirement; Colorado’s need and priorities, Colorado’s first NHTF allocation, how it will be awarded; and Colorado’s anticipated allocations in the future.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how NHTF can be used
  2. Understand the housing need at 30% AMI in Colorado
  3. Summarize the State’s distribution strategy and initial funding decisions (if any) for NHTF funds

Speakers: Carrie Kronberg, Housing Programs Manager, Colorado Division of Housing; Kristin Toombs, Homeless Programs Manager, Colorado Division of Housing; Alisa Wilson, Housing Development Manager, Colorado Division of Housing 


Wednesday, 3:45PM - 5PM

For the Love of Green: FHA’s Program Improvements
HUD recently entered into the Federal Register policy that reduces the amount of money and energy wasted each year due to inefficient building practices and tenant habits. Hear how the 2016 MAP Guide, includes many new processes and features to enhance affordable housing finance and energy efficiency in housing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. HUD issued the 2016 MAP Guide.
  2. What scores given by the EPA’s Portfolio Manager, Statement of Energy Performance (SEP) and Statement of Energy Design Intent (SEDI), qualify a property for a 25 basis points reduction.
  3. How the new 2016 MAP Guide concepts provide greater flexibility with the definition of substantial rehabilitation and underwriting of energy savings.

Speakers: Janine Halverson, Director, Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital; Rob Hazelton, President, Dominion Due Diligence Group; Mark Feilmeier, Branch Cheif, Multifamily Production, HUD; Hub Director, HUD; David Zucker, Principal, Zocalo Community Development

Moderator: Wendy Stamnas, Senior Vice President, FHA Chief Underwriter, Churchill Stateside Group


Thursday, 10AM - 11:30AM

The Economic Argument for Affordable Housing
Opponents to affordable housing often consider only the benefits for those receiving housing. However, research shows mixed-income housing generates benefits across socioeconomic boundaries, resulting in more vibrant communities. This workshop will discuss how equitable development of affordable housing generates collective benefits in communities, including the potential to foster healthy economies.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how affordable housing generates economic benefits for all community members, including public and private employers, local retailers and current residents.
  2. Identify barriers to getting affordable housing approved and financed and learn about tools to advocate for affordable housing developments in their community.
  3. Techniques and policies that municipalities can adopt to facilitate affordable/workforce housing development – for both rental and for sale properties.

Speakers: Sue Beck-Ferkiss, Social Sustainability Specialist, City of Fort Collins; Lance Bross, President, New City Development; Renee Martinez-Stone, Denver Housing Authority; James McMurray, Senior Planner, HB&A; David Schwartz, Vice President, EPS Denver

Moderator: Chad Holtzinger, Principal, Shopworks Architecture

Thursday, 1:30PM - 2:45PM

The Colorado State Housing Credit 201
In its first two years, the state LIHTC made a huge impact on affordable housing in Colorado. A panel of experts will discuss how the program has been preforming, changes in the way CHFA is planning on awarding credits and different ways to structure deals with state credits. 

Speakers: Laura Clark, Principal, S.B. Clark Companies; Neal Deaton, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo; Nancy Morton, Member, Dauby, O'Conner & Zaleski; Steve Johnson, Director Community Development, CHFA

Moderator: Chris Hite, President, Sugar Creek Capital


Thursday, 3:15PM - 4:30PM

Opening Doors that Finance Fair Housing
The Director of the Colorado Division of Housing, CHFA’s Senior Tax Credit Allocation Officer and Polsinelli attorneys will be discussing the impact of recent fair housing legal developments on DOH and CHFA practices, policies, procedures, funding and tax credit allocations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Become familiar with the recent legal developments in affordable housing.
  2. Understand the implications of the recent legal developments on funding affordable housing projects.
  3. Obtain insight on how these new legal developments are impacting Division of Housing and CHFA practices, policies and procedures.

Speakers: Alison George, Director, Colorado Division of Housing; Melinda Pasquini, Attorney, Polsinelli; Denise Rome-Tamulis, Senior Tax Credit Allocation Officer, CHFA

Friday, 10AM - 11:30AM

Federal Policy Opportunities to Improve Housing Affordability
This workshop will explain (1) legislative changes to add vouchers for homeless families and improve federal rental programs; (2) rental assistance ideas for the next Congress and Administration; and (3) federal efforts to improve how health-related support services may be most effectively delivered and financed in conjunction with affordable housing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Increase understanding of upcoming federal policy changes relevant to meeting housing needs.
  2. Raise awareness of federal advocacy opportunities to reduce homelessness and housing instability.
  3. Understand federal opportunities to use Medicaid and other services funding to pay for housing supports and increase access to housing units.

Speakers: Peggy Bailey, Director, Health Integration Project, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Jenn Lopez, Director of Homeless Initiatives, Office of Gov. John Hickenlooper; Barbara Sard, Vice President for Housing Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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