April 13th -15th, 2016
Hilton Capital House
201 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, LA
The LHA State Housing conference planning “Hope, Help, Home” is in high gear. In coordination with the Homelessness Alliance’s and coalitions around the state another great conference will take place. I do hope you have made plans to attend. It is our hope that we can count on your involvement. There are 7 sessions focused on Affordable Housing with local, statewide and national panelist:
Let’s Get Started: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
For the first time since passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, HUD has regulations to assist jurisdictions and public housing agencies in meeting their obligation to affirmatively further fair housing choice (AFFH). These regulations also require public participation which enables stakeholders, advocates, and other interested parties to get engaged and provide input. Learn about the key provisions of the new rule, what the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) must include, and how the Fair Housing Assessment Tool can help you shape fair housing planning.
Housing Opportunities for the Extremely Low-Income through the National Housing Trust Fund (Webinar)
The National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) has received and will deploy its 1st round of money in the coming months. These dollars will create rental homes that are affordable to households with income less than 30% of the Area Median Income. Find out what the law and regulations require regarding planning for and distributing NHTF resources. Learn about the three key things a NHTF Annual Allocation Plan must do – and how you can and should shape it.
Home Again in Rural Louisiana
A substantial number of Louisiana residents still reside in small and rural communities. In addition, many who are tired of the increasing complications of “city living” are turning to these small and rural communities in search of a less complicated lifestyle. “Old” residents are often disconnected from job centers, social services and other resources—both human and capital, and “new” residents—accustomed to certain perks and amenities—are looking to local/regional government to lead the way in stabilizing and revitalizing these communities. How do we support the needs and interests of all residents in these communities? This session will explore how these challenges are met by nonprofits serving non-urban areas, as well as the role lenders and investors play in stabilizing these communities.
Planning for Inclusive Communities
When you see or hear the phrase “inclusive community” what comes to mind? What are the economic, social, environmental and culturally sensitive policies upon which inclusive communities are planned, designed and developed? How do these policies and the communities they inspire work to improve the well-being of everyone who calls the community home? Join housing, planning, healthcare and community development professionals for an exciting discussion on successful strategies for creating inclusive communities.
Leveraging Investments for Greater Impact
What exactly is community development? What is economic development? How can investments in one further the goals and objectives of the other? What if making these investments in the same community at the same time yields ROIs far in excess of what could be realized if not made together? Explore how community development—including affordable housing development—spurs economic development, and the impacts of a coordinated investment strategy. We will discuss successful strategies, policy implementation, forming alliances/collaborations and partnerships, and address opportunity challenges and solutions.
Innovations in Housing Finance
The best affordable housing developers have become quite innovative in their use and combining of multiple financing products to produce new homes—multifamily and ownership—with little or no debt. Financing sources such as HOME, CDBG, LIHTC, HUD rental assistance, the Affordable Care Act, and Historic tax credits, along with partnerships with nonprofits, local governments, and other public sector agencies have resulted in unique strategies for meeting the affordable housing and community development needs of the places we serve. Join this discussion to learn how these deals and developments are done, as well as some potential pitfalls to bear in mind when pursuing these strategies.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Housing for Those with Special Needs
Our communities are diverse in many ways – by familial status, age, race, ethnicity, culture, even class – and we sometimes develop homes and communities with these diversities in mind. But rarely do we consider the unique and diverse needs of others in our community—people with disabilities, men and women returning home from incarceration, or people, including unaccompanied youth, facing homelessness. This session will explore the unique needs of some of our neighbors, and how we can and should be more inclusive when building “community” and a place to call home.
Follow this link for more details and to register: 2016 State Housing and Homelessness Conference