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Wednesday, October 9
Registration Hours 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
9:00-11:00 am Plenary Session
The Continuum of Affordable Housing
New to this complex and wonderful world known as Housing? This session will provide a broad overview of the housing continuum – from the unhoused to those seeking to own their own home. Hear industry leaders on the policies, programs and challenges at each issue- area and how Colorado communities, private companies, non-profits and state and local governments are developing and implementing solutions. Session will also provide navigation tips for getting the most out of your conference experience.
11:00-11:30 am First-Time Attendee Orientation
12:00-1:30 pm Opening Session & Luncheon
The View from 2024: How We Thrived Over the Past Five Years
This workshop is a primer for those new to the field of affordable rental housing finance and development. Come learn about the evolution of financing programs and how they are implemented and administered in Colorado. This session will include information on the federal and state legislative history of affordable housing programs, the federal and state Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) programs, and the role of the Colorado Division of Housing in supporting the development of affordable rental housing. This is a valuable foundation-building bootcamp course for those new to affordable rental housing.
Preserving USDA financed multi-family housing is a high priority for rural housing interests. There are currently 129 rental housing projects (3,738 affordable units) in Colorado financed through USDA RD 515/514-516 programs. This panel will review the state and health of the rural rental housing portfolio in Colorado and participants will gain understanding of the impending mortgage maturity crisis, how it affects owners as well as tenants, resources available to address these needs, and new in-depth training and technical assistance available to organizations interested in or working to preserve this critical housing stock.
Discussions about housing affordability in the US must include a racial equity lens for a complete understanding of the issues. Redlining – federal lending and investment policies that intentionally segregated communities in Colorado – left a legacy of disinvestment predominately in black and brown communities. Despite progress, the ramifications of housing segregation and economic exclusion require additional policy to redress. Strategic partnerships, innovative service delivery models and community voices to increase access to opportunity through affordable housing development and preservation.
3:30-4:30 pm Afternoon Workshops:
Charles Borgman, Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pasco PC; Scott Aker, Grand Junction Housing Authority; Tom Downey, Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe PC; Gerritt Koser, Denver Housing Authority; Debi Ross Weseloh, The Ross Management Group
Drugs, both legal and illegal, have created additional challenges for those managing affordable housing projects. Panelists will discuss the legal and regulatory landscape for recreational and medical marijuana under Colorado and federal law and the implications for affordable housing providers, as well as their residents and employees. The panelists will also discuss fair housing and reasonable accommodation implications of policies and procedures restricting or prohibiting marijuana use.
5:00-7:00 pm Welcome/Networking Reception
Thursday, October 10
8:00-9:30 am Breakfast & General Session
9:45-11:45 am Site Tour
9:45-11:15 am Morning Workshops:
Annie Bacci, CSH; Andy McMahon, United Healthcare; Sarah Gillespie, The Urban Institute
The supportive and affordable housing sector is increasingly partnering with health care to improve systems and outcomes for shared clients. In addition to sharing promising evaluation outcomes from the field on the intersection between supportive housing and health outcomes, this session will include representatives from Health Managed Care Organizations that have made significant investments into affordable and supportive housing. Come and learn about the outcomes associated with supportive housing and healthcare utilization.
Christi Smith, Urban Land Conservancy; Stu Wright, FirstBank; Tim Reinen, Radian; Debby Kasemeyer, Northern Trust
Creative developers are using strategic tools to support the development and preservation of affordable housing and commercial space. As real estate affordability becomes more challenging in our thriving market, this workshop provides insight into additional tools to support development and create unique sources of loan capital to fund developers' missions and expand their impact. Come learn about how to finance strategic real estate acquisitions with a positive return on investment, how to engage philanthropic and government entities to invest for social and financial return, the benefits of working with a local bank to manage a revolving loan facility, and the importance of land control and how the ground lease can directly benefit developers and community.
Building housing in smaller communities is particularly challenging. Using case studies from around the state, this workshop will look at creative financing and construction solutions for housing in Colorado's rural communities, including those built without tax credits, and hear the stories that “sold” these projects to potential donors, lenders, and the Division of Housing.
Join us for a discussion about affordable homeownership in our Colorado communities. Our panelists will provide hands-on insight into real world challenges, opportunities, and financing tools being utilized to advance affordable homeownership in Colorado.
CHFA strengthens Colorado by investing in affordable housing and community development. Session attendees will leave with a better understanding of CHFA’s financial resources and investments for strengthening homeownership, affordable rental housing, and businesses. Attendees will also gain knowledge of CHFA’s strategic priorities and areas of focus for 2019 and beyond.
Ron Mehl, Dominium Development & Acquisition
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11:45 am - 1:15 pm Policy Luncheon
Lack of affordable housing resulted in a teacher shortage. In response to this need, Habitat for Humanity, the Roaring Fork School District, and Pitkin County collaborated in an unprecedented partnership to create the Basalt Vista Housing Partnership. This team created a new public / private / non-profit funding model to demonstrate what can be done to create teacher and workforce housing in Colorado. The 27-home community will be Net-Zero, generating more power than will be used and utilizing only electricity.
The lack of robust behavioral health services and recovery programming, coupled with the lack of affordable housing, is leading to high recidivism and homeless rates in Colorado. This session will explore successful models for providing housing, peer supports, and comprehensive behavioral health programming to break the cycle of incarceration and/or homelessness. Come hear from the Colorado Division of Housing and community service providers on robust service models and specific housing interventions to disrupt the costly cycle of incarceration, emergency hospitalization, and the utilization of crisis services that often accompanies homelessness for justice-involved populations.
The low-income housing tax credit world can be daunting to step into, but this panel of affordable housing experts builds on the previous session to provide a foundation. This session will provide an overview of the various types of low-income housing tax credits and how credits are calculated at both the macroeconomic and microeconomic levels, the roles and financial motivations of the major parties involved in a tiered LIHTC ownership structure and the various rules and project timeline of a LIHTC property from application through the end of the 15-year compliance period.
The Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing (DOH) has partnered with state agencies, community organizations, and innovative groups to leverage new and existing funding sources with the aim of increasing the number of rental assistance opportunities for Colorado’s most in need. Please join us for a conversation about Colorado’s efforts to disrupt costly cycles of incarceration, hospitalization, institutionalization, and emergency services utilization by combining affordable housing programs and access to supportive services. Topics include Colorado’s coordinated strategy to help move persons with disabilities from long term care facilities into the community and supportive housing solutions for justice-involved populations. Attend to learn how DOH has partnered with other entities to build a more robust housing continuum, and engage with us to understand how DOH housing programs operate, who they serve, and how your community can leverage these resources.
Participants will learn from fellow developers, policy experts, and community organizers who have led successful local and statewide campaigns for housing. Topics will include the ins and outs of advocacy, messaging, media engagement, coalition-building, engaging with and leading smart housing policy initiatives, and how to partner with “adversarial” groups.
People living with disabilities have specific housing and supportive service needs. Participants will learn briefly about the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and more specifically about their differences when it comes to housing. We will also discuss current demands from the disability community concerning the “Right to Visit,” “Aging in Place,” and incorporating Universal Design concepts.
It may come as a surprise how much effective due diligence practices can impact a development project, enabling you to preserve developer fees, avoid costly delays and increase ROI. The difference between a big success and something gone terribly wrong often lurks in this underappreciated domain. This workshop will provide fascinating insight along with a road map of best practices collected from many of the industry's top attorneys, lenders, title and development companies.
3:15-4:30 pm Afternoon Workshops:
Architectural design for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) lacks research, despite the growing popularity of this housing solution. Come hear from practitioners who study trauma-informed practices as they relate to building development and design for PSH. The discussion will focus on lessons learned from research and practice.
Senior housing is experiencing a renaissance in innovation and opportunity. This diverse panel will present a panoply of policies and programs for housing seniors with choice, health and dignity. Kavod Senior Life provides a comprehensive suite of wraparound support services on its campus of affordable apartments for seniors. These programs meet the physical, mental and socio-emotional needs of residents and pose an innovative solution to helping low-income, older adults age in community. Sunshine Home Share Colorado helps home owners above the age of 55 age in place by thoughtfully and safely matching a home provider with a home seeker of any age. And finally, Eaton Senior Communities, a low-income senior housing provider, has developed numerous successful partnerships with academic institutions to create inter-generational program and service opportunities to benefit residents in their community.
Driven by the Colorado Health Foundation’s statewide affordable housing strategy, the Foundation and Burlington Associates partnered to study the factors and components that favor local community land trust (CLT) efforts. This workshop will present the findings and recommendation of a recently completed feasibility assessment process completed in eight Colorado counties. The results also include an analysis of the financial resources and organizational capacity necessary to a manageable, impactful and sustainable CLT portfolio.
This Permanent Supportive Housing project serves youth facing homelessness in Boulder. Learn about the development process from concept to completion, including neighborhood engagement, LIHTC financing, entitlement and other development challenges. Panelists will discuss how the team was organized, what it took to keep the partnership together and to meet extremely challenging financing and entitlement deadlines. Participants will learn more about the project’s financing structure and its pros and cons relative to other projects and an overview of the building design and program highlighting specific challenges and opportunities for similar future projects.
Remember the old days when you could get your deals done with some tax credits, a simple bank loan and a few dollars from the state? In the world of skyrocketing costs, overwhelming demand and limited resources, we practically need PhDs in creative financial engineering to meet the housing needs in our communities. A panel of national and local experts will discuss equity, debt, and creative financing structures beyond traditional LIHTC that might just provide the shoring you need for your next development.
This panel explores the development potential of the New Markets Tax Credit. Participants will learn the fundamentals, including the background, roles, the alphabet of CDEs, QEIs, QLICIs and QALICBs, how to avoid recapture, and a case study of a successful project from Denver. If you want to develop an understanding of how the new markets tax credit functions, discover the roles and financial motivations of the major parties involved in a NMTC transaction, and learn how to utilize new markets tax credits as part of your community development arsenal, then this session is for you!
Rehabbing historic buildings for residential use is very popular. However, there are many potential problems. This workshop will focus on structuring LIHTC/historic deals as well as issues which may arise, and it hopes to answer the following questions: What are the rules/regulations for using both LIHTC and historic credits? What are common structuring methods? What are common structuring methods? What are common pitfalls in doing LIHTC/historic rehabilitations?
5:00-9:00 pm Networking Reception
Friday, October 11
See the innovative results of the 2019 Design Charettes. This presentation will showcase the collaborative efforts of professionals in design, development, finance, construction, as well as, graduate students, and community stakeholders.
8:30-9:30 am Morning Workshops:
The Social Impact Bond is a public-private partnership in Denver to house chronically homeless individuals with frequent interactions with emergency services. The costs avoided through housing are repaid to investors. Learn how this partnership is leveraging private investment in Denver to house chronically homeless individuals and save the city millions of dollars.
Congregational land provides opportunity for developing affordable housing projects. Micah Homes, a project highlighted at last year’s conference, has received strong community involvement and is currently under construction. Representatives from the construction company, architect, housing agency, and church will present the roadmap that turned this dream into reality. The audience will learn success strategies to build below market cost. The stakeholders in this project have greatly enjoyed the journey and are excited to share their story!
As Colorado grapples with affordability, preserving housing is as important as building new. Covenants restricting thousands of units are set to expire, putting these properties at risk for market-rate conversion. Preserving housing will require collaborative outreach, finance, and policy strategies. This session will highlight the components of 2-3 preservation transactions that made them successful, review best practices that may be applicable across the state, discuss policymaking that supports the preservation of affordable housing and highlight opportunities for public/private collaboration in support of preservation.
Larger scale privately developed mixed income communities must have sustained commitment. Aria is an unusual development in that it includes market rate and affordable for sale housing as well as affordable rental units. It also includes a production farm that welcomes all residents to grow food for themselves and others. Learn how this was accomplished through multiple types of financing over the course of 13 years. Participants will hear about why mixed income communities make strong neighborhoods, how to approach financing mixed-income communities, and lessons learned along this development journey.
An Introduction to Suicide Prevention, a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide and how to help prevent it when dealing with clients.
There's been a lot of talk about Opportunity Zones (OZ) policy issues. Let’s talk about the nuts and bolts of process – what the OZ status means to developers, how to leverage city resources, and how LIHTC interacts with private equity when in an OZ. What changes should you anticipate in your strategy? How does Opportunity Zone status impact pricing, pay-in, and LPA negotiation? What do you need to know to maximize equity proceeds? We'll discuss all of the practical how-tos in this workshop. Bring your questions and we'll work along with you!
9:45-11:15 am Closing Brunch