2016 Housing Conference Sponsors, Panelist, Facilitators

 

THANK YOU!!!

Our 2016 State Housing Conference Sponsors

Chase Bank

Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

Red River Bank

Enterprise Community Partners

Whitney Bank

Our 2016 Housing Conference Panelist and Facilitators

Panelist and Facilitators (Local, State and National organizations)

HUD
USDA
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Office of the Governor – State of Louisiana
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
NeighborWorks® America
National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)
Enterprise Community Partners
Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA)
Hope Enterprises
Red River Bank
First NBC Bank
Neighborhood Development Foundation
Capital City Family Health Clinic
Capital Area Reentry Coalition
BREC
Jericho Road
City of New Orleans
Greater New Orleans Fair Action Housing Center (GNOFAC)
Unity of Greater New Orleans
Housing Assistance Council
Project Homecoming
Kirks/Fremin General Contractors
Laurant/Lewis Consultancy

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LHA Board Member – Affordable Housing in Louisiana

As the state of Louisiana grapples with budget challenges, Michelle Whetten, Enterprise VP and Gulf Coast market leader, argues in a letter in The New Orleans Advocate that to help low-income families get ahead, housing issues must be addressed. While Louisiana has already taken some important steps, local leaders need to do more to tackle the growing number of residents who are severely burdened by housing costs. For example, Whetten suggests that Louisiana could establish a dedicated, sustained funding source of its Housing Trust Fund, as well as explore other policies such as inclusionary zoning. According to the Make Room campaign, nearly 28 percent of Louisiana’s renters pay more than half their income toward rent and utilities. (The New Orleans Advocate, March 20)

APRIL IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING MONTH

As the only housing policy and technical assistance organization operating statewide to support Louisiana’s affordable housing partners, LHA continues to fulfill its’ mission to housing providers, service providers, government officials, coalitions, policymakers and advocates through developing policy, advocacy, providing technical assistance and creating educational opportunities. During this month we focus more intently on the need for affordable housing in Louisiana, the need for the Louisiana Housing Alliance, the work we do and the members and citizens we advocate for.

 

Affordable Housing Fellowship – Created by LHA and implemented in collaboration Capital One Bank, Louisiana Housing Corporation, NeighborWorks® America and Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, the Fellowship involved over 40 participants from throughout Louisiana in a 7-month housing development program. The curriculum included 20 days of classroom instruction and field work, during which participants learned the entire housing development process—including marketing the community—and built a single family home in Baton Rouge. Those successfully completing the curriculum and passing required examinations received a certification from NeighborWorks®.
Annual State Housing Conference – Over the last 6 years LHA has hosted successful statewide conferences covering a wide array of topics important to affordable housing and community development practitioners. From sessions on State and Federal Budget Policy, to Equity, Action Planning for Neighborhood Revitalization, and Developing Credit-Worthy Consumers for Homeownership, the conferences have served as a platform to bring people together across disciplines to show how collectively they create communities of opportunity, as well as how home plays a pivotal role in the success of children, families and communities.
Annual Listening Tour — Entering its 8th year, the Listening Tour is LHA’s key community engagement process for learning critical issues impeding the preservation and production of affordable housing in local communities around the state, as well as identifying policy and other solutions to these impediments. It is from these tours that LHA’s state policy agenda is created and the majority of LHA’s legislative wins have their genesis. In 2015 LHA modified the Tour format and conducted legislative candidate forums throughout the state. One key question posed to candidates—Would you sponsor or support legislation creating dedicated funding for the Louisiana Housing Trust Fund?—was almost universally answered in the affirmative, particularly if the funding source was not a new tax or fee, and did not come from the state general fund. This is good news for advocates, who pushed an unsuccessful funding measure in the 2015 legislative session that would have met this criteria and may now have a greater opportunity for success in the future. More than 650 voters and over 35 candidates attended the forums.
Lobby Day – in 2015 LHA held its 1st Lobby Day since 2009, which featured advocacy around Senate Bill 265, legislation to create a dedicated source of recurring revenue for the Louisiana Housing Trust Fund (LHTF). LHA promoted using our Housing Data Profiles (downloadable from the LHA website) which outline current housing conditions in all 64 Louisiana parishes and help make the case for investing in the LHTF, and provided Profiles to legislators upon request, many of whom found the data and story they conveyed compelling.
Selected Legislative Victories
2015: Senate Concurrent Resolution 102—feasibility of mandating recording of all residential real estate transactions, including electronic transfers and assignments, and Senate Resolution 120—viability of real estate document recording fees as revenue source for the Louisiana Housing Trust Fund
2013: Requires landlords to give renters and prospective tenants notice when their properties are subject to foreclosure, and provides penalties for failure to notify (Act 354)
2011: Created the State Housing and Transportation Planning and Coordinating Commission (Act 408)
2010: Road Home guidelines changed to allow grants to applicants previously denied assistance because of property succession/heirship issues (Act 1012)
2009: Allocated $5 million of additional Hurricane Katrina recovery funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, and created the Tainted Drywall Assistance Program to assist Road Home recipients (Act 487); Consumer protection against contractor and home improvement fraud by increasing penalties up to $20,000 and imprisonment up to 10 years, and mandating restitution (Act 268); Partnered with PolicyLink and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services to craft agreement with Louisiana Recovery Authority to increase funding for Nonprofit Rebuilding Program from $5M to $20M

2016 State Housing and Homelessness Conference

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

 

 

 

 

2016 Affordable Housing Awards Reception

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Baton Rouge City Club

355 North Blvd

LHA will recognize the work, commitment and legacy of late Rep. Ronnie Edwards for her work and commitment to affordable housing and community development.  The “Trailblazer in Affordable Housing” Award will be named in her honor. Governor John Bel Edwards will discuss the critical need of affordable housing in the state of Louisiana.

REGISTER AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

(Tickets are limited)

FHLB Dallas AHP Application and Other Events

 

FHLB

Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Competitive Application
Round Open Through March 18, 2016

Affordable Housing Program (AHP) funds are intended to assist FHLB Dallas members in financing the purchase, construction, or rehabilitation of owner-occupied, rental, or transitional housing, as well as housing for homeless individuals in their communities.
• AHP funds must be used to benefit households with incomes at or below 80 percent of the median income for the area.
• Maximum grant amount: $500,000 through FHLB Dallas member institutions.
• Applications must be submitted by FHLB Dallas members via FHLB Dallas’ electronic AHP application.
• FHLB Dallas awards and disburses AHP grants through a competitive application scoring process.

For more information about the AHP application round,
please contact Community Investment at
800.362.2944 | fhlb.com/community

 

NeighborWorks Training Institute

February 22-26, 2016

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Marriott Marquis

A key feature of this Institute is the Wednesday symposium Cross-Sector Collaboration to Create Opportunity. Visit www.NeighborWorks.org/training for information and registration, and www.NeighborWorks.org/scholarships for scholarship information.

NLIHC 2016 Policy Forum

April 3-5, 2016
Washington, DC
Washington Court Hotel

NLIHC’s Policy Forum will connect housing and homeless advocates and policy analysts from across the nation to discuss the challenges of ending housing poverty and homelessness. Attendees will gain ideas and strategies on how to overcome these challenges through NLIHC’s unparalleled educational sessions and face-to-face networking opportunities, and gain extensive trailblazing knowledge that will help strengthen your advocacy efforts on behalf of low income individuals and families.

2016 State Housing and Homeless Solutions Conference

April 13-15, 2016

Baton Rouge, LA

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

 

 

15th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

February 11-13, 2016
Portland, OR
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
LHA’s Executive Director Marla Newman will be speaking at the 15th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth conference. The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event, the theme for the 2016 conference is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” underscoring a stronger emphasis on implementation tools and strategies, and new technologies that will help communities NOW! The program will span three full days with optional pre-conference and post-conference events. The schedule includes a dynamic mix of plenaries, breakouts, implementation workshops, focused training sessions, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and coordinated networking activities. It will also feature exciting tours of local model projects in and around the greater Portland region.

NeighborWorks Training Institute

February 22-26, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
A key feature of this Institute is the Wednesday symposium Cross-Sector Collaboration to Create Opportunity. Visit www.NeighborWorks.org/training for information and registration, and www.NeighborWorks.org/scholarships for scholarship information.

NLIHC 2016 Policy Forum

April 3-5, 2016
Washington, DC
Washington Court Hotel
NLIHC’s Policy Forum will connect housing and homeless advocates and policy analysts from across the nation to discuss the challenges of ending housing poverty and homelessness. Attendees will gain ideas and strategies on how to overcome these challenges through NLIHC’s unparalleled educational sessions and face-to-face networking opportunities, and gain extensive trailblazing knowledge that will help strengthen your advocacy efforts on behalf of low income individuals and families.

Affordable Housing Fellowship Graduates Inaugural Class

Affordable Housing Fellowship Graduates Inaugural Class

The first graduating cFellowship Classlass of the Affordable Housing Fellowship celebrated the occasion on October 24th at Juban’s in Baton Rouge. The Fellowship, a collaboration between LHA, Capital One Bank, Louisiana Housing Corporation, NeighborWorks America and Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, involved over 40 participants from throughout Louisiana in a 7-month housing development program. The curriculum included 20 days of classroom instruction and field work, during which participants learned the entire housing development process—including marketing the community—and constructed a single-family house in Baton Rouge.
Many graduates thanked LHA for the opportunity to participate in such in-depth training, and expressed the desire for additional training programs of this caliber. If you or your organization is interested in other training opportunities through LHA, please email us at info@lahousingalliance.org.