NOW! Small Communities Track

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Wednesday 1:45PM - 3:15PM

What's New in Housing Rehabilitation?

One size doesn’t fit all when addressing existing housing stock conditions in rural and urban communities. Affordably rehabilitating units for low- and moderate-income residents is an important component of any preservation strategy. Discuss three pilot programs available through innovative partnerships with CHFA, Colorado Division of Housing, and local housing groups.


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about pilot programs addressing rental units, mobile homes, and blighted units.
  • How to identify rehab needs in a community.
  • How to develop a pilot program.

Speakers: Karen Harkin,  Western Slope Community Relationship Manager, CHFA;  Amy Irwin;  Manager of Home Ownership Programs, Housing Authority of the City of Loveland;  Forrest H. Neuerburg, City Manager, City of Monte Vista


Wednesday 3:45PM - 5:00PM

Life in a Changing Neighborhood: A Resident's Perspective

Gentrification and involuntary displacement are common topics of discussion in the current Colorado market.  During this session you will hear from residents of Denver’s Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods.  Find out what it’s like to live in a rapidly changing neighborhood from the people who experiences it day in and day out.



Learning Objectives:




  • Understand the challenges long time residents face due to rising home prices and gentrification.
  • Make new connections and learn how you can be part of the solution.
  •  Leave the session with a commitment to inclusive revitalization.

Speakers: Residents from Globeville, Elyria and Swansea Neighborhoods in Denver.

Moderator: Katie McKenna, Director of Community Development, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver


Thursday, 10AM - 11:30AM

Tiny Living: Fad or Future in Functional Affordability?

Tiny homes are big news these days, but who is buying them and why? Are tiny homes a solution to the affordable housing crisis in Colorado? What are the benefits and pitfalls of tiny living for communities? Learn the benefits of park model communities and how to embrace this opportunity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know the target market for tiny homes.
  • Identify the different types of tiny homes and their applications.
  • Understand governmental constraints and how to work with or change them.

Speakers: Matt Fredell, Co-Owner, Innovative Structures; Pete LaBarre , Co-Owner, Innovative Structures


Thursday, 1:30PM - 2:45PM

Financing Tools for Affordable Housing in Rural Communities

Join us for this hands-on workshop!  Learn how to structure the project financing, garner community support, and address the unique challenges of building small-scale projects in rural communities.  Bring your laptop with Microsoft Excel on it.

Learning Objectives:

  • Key elements of a project pro forma.
  • Steps to successfully structure and finance small, rural affordable housing projects.
  • Different types of financing available.

Speakers: Denise Selders, Housing Development Specialist, Colorado Division of Housing; Bill Simpson, Housing Development Specialist, Colorado Division of Housing 

Thursday, 3:15PM -4:30PM

An Affordable Housing Guidebook for the West

In response to the growing affordable housing gap in communities across the state, non-profit “do – tank” Community Builders created a guidebook for local officials. This session presents findings to help communities set goals and choose the right tools and tactics to increase supply and diversity in their housing inventory.


Learning Objectives:

  • Tools to assess the problem in your community.
  • Learn the keys to a successful housing strategy.
  • Policy strategies for creating and preserving affordable housing stock.

Speakers: Clark Anderson, Executive Director, Community Builders; Willa Williford, Consultant, Williford, LLC.

Moderator: Spencer Bollacker, Project Manager, Community Builders


Friday, 10AM - 11:30AM

The Nest: Preservation Through Public Private Partnerships

The City of Boulder’s Housing Division, Element Properties, and Red Stone Tax-Exempt Funding will discuss the Nest Communities, a critical preservation project in Boulder in which 238 market rate apartments were converted to renovated, permanently affordable homes.  Learn about Boulder’s Affordable Housing Program and the Nest Communities, including financing from Google and Red Stone Tax-Exempt Funding.


Learning Objectives:

  •  The Inclusionary Housing process, using Boulder as a case study
  • Leveraging Boulder’s Affordable Housing Fund in a public-private partnership.
  • Preserving affordable housing by converting aging market rate stock into renovated permanently affordable housing.

Speakers: Catherine Bean, Director of Development, Element Properties;  Kristin Hyser,  Community Investment Program Manager, City of Boulder Division of Housing; Kevin Knapp, Principal Community Development, Element Properties, Brian Renzi, Managing Director, Red Stone Tax-Exempt Funding



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