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Wednesday, 1:45PM – 3:00PM


Solving Rural Community Challenges Through Supportive Housing

Rural areas are faced with homelessness, but challenged by how to overcome the big hurdles: funding, services, political will, and community support.  This workshop examines Journey Home, a Canon City project serving one of the most difficult populations. Speakers will focus on the best practices and lessons learned.


Learning Objectives -

·         Overcoming the financing challenges of PSH projects.

·         Identifying clinical and service provider partners to ensure resident’s success.

·         Managing shovel-ready vs preparing for restructuring projects.


Speakers: DeeDee Clement, Executive Director, Loaves and Fishes Ministries; Autumn Dever, Regional Housing Director, Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments; Tim Gough, Housing Development Specialist, Colorado Division of Housing; Daniel J. Kroetz, Director of Acquisitions and Development, Cardinal Capital Management; Kristin Toombs, Director, Office of Homeless Initiatives, Colorado Department of Local Affairs



Wednesday, 3:30PM – 4:30PM


Exploring the Intersections of Health & Housing

This session aims to bring together experienced professionals to explore the intersections of health and housing and how to fund it. By providing examples of how various healthcare and housing stakeholders have worked together to create programs that help overcome the constraints that limits successful collaboration and inspire powerful cross-sector collaboration.


Learning Objectives -

·         Understand key ingredients to make cross sector partnerships successful.

·         Successful partnerships that will inspire ideas for collaboration.

·         Learn key elements required for the creation of a healthy project.


Speakers: Amanda Goodnow, Nurse Practitioner, Colorado Visiting Nurses Association; Katie McKenna, Director of Community Development, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver



9:45AM – 10:30AM Part I  and 10:45AM – 11:30AM Part II


Preserving Mobile Home Communities Part I and Part II

This informative session will cover 4 mobile home community preservation projects. Panelists will detail how they have successfully preserved these communities, especially in high cost areas, how to implement projects beginning to end, work w/residents, and manage long-term.  Resident-owned community models and CHFA’s lending efforts for MHCs will also be covered.


 Learning Objectives -

·         Managing the project from its beginning stages through long-term management.

·         Working with residents on identifying preservation strategies and park redevelopment.

·         Redeveloping mobile home communities


Part I Speakers: Crystal Launder, Housing Planner, City of Boulder; Phylis Mattice, Assistant County Manager, Pitkin County


Part II Speakers: Mary Duvall, Chief Executive Officer, Thistle Community; Jason Peasely, Executive Director, Yampa Valley Housing Authority


Moderator: Beth Truby, Preservation Program Manager, CHFA


Thursday, 1:30PM – 2:45PM


Delivering Workforce Housing

The time is now to be forward thinking and find creative partnerships.  We have to be leaders in creating solutions instead of waiting for solutions to happen.  What are some of the immediate, intermediary, and long-term needs that can be started today.  Hear from different perspectives as they explore the world of workforce housing.


Learning Objectives -

·         How to be forward thinking.

·         Challenges that face communities when they haven’t acquire land early enough.

·         Where do rural communities, look to get capital.


Speakers:  Kimball Crangle, Colorado Market President, Gorman & Company; Jane Harrington, Executive Director, Colorado Community Land Trust;

Mark Sabatini, Senior Director, Vali Cooper & Associates



Thursday, 3:15PM – 4:30PM


Opportunity Zones Throughout the State

Tax reform has created a new community development tool to encourage long-term investments in low-income and rural communities.  The Opportunity Zone provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into low income communities via an Opportunity Fund. 


Learning Objectives -

·         How temporary deferral works.

·         How and when you calculate the step up in basis, calculation and rules regarding the permanent exclusion.

·         How this new development tools works with other programs and credits.


Speakers: Connor Everson, Analyst, Colorado Division of Housing; Nancy Morton, Member, Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski, LLC



Friday, 8:30AM – 9:30AM


How to Develop Small Projects

Developing small projects are not much different than larger unit projects per transactional cost.  But developers are not seeking rural builds.  Learn how specific small projects have been able to collaborate with local municipalities to create projects with under 30 units.


Learning Objectives -

·         Finding the right niche for these projects.

·         Bring education and the right resources to the table.

·         How to fill the gap.


Speakers: Terry Barnard, Multifamily Production and Outreach Manager, CHFA; Sam Betters, Executive Director, Loveland Housing Authority

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