General Session – The Future of Housing Policy

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Housing Commission aims to reform the nation’s housing policy by crafting a package of realistic and actionable policy recommendations that respond to both the near-term and long-term challenges facing the housing sector. After more than a year of work, the Commission released the much-anticipated recommendations in February 2013. The opening general session will feature a lively discussion among three of commissioners about their recommendations and what they mean for the future of housing policy in the United States….
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Tools to Help Cities Become More Prepared for Development in the New Normal

This discussion will include a summary of lessons learned from ULI Minnesota’s Navigating the New Normal workshops for public officials. The workshops provide a forum to foster a meaningful dialogue between public and private sector leaders with respect to the challenges and opportunities of development and redevelopment created by today’s economic realities, market preferences and demographic shifts. This session is a must-attend for those looking for models for local engagement on a complex set of issues with clear implications for housing….
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Financing Mixed-Use Development and Place-Making Infrastructure

Financing is an essential component of developing mixed-use, location-efficient communities. This session will focus on successful strategies for accessing the financing needed to make these developments work. Learn how developers have overcome the challenges and found opportunities to finance developments that mix affordable housing options with retail and commercial uses. Panelists will also explore how communities have financed place-making infrastructure around transit stations to attract private-sector development. …
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Greening Affordable Housing

Green building has moved from being just about design, operations, and certification to creating and maintaining sustainable housing and communities. This session will explore the latest trends in greening housing that is affordable. Panelists will discuss topics such as reducing utility consumption and cost through sustainable building practices by sharing examples of housing developments from across the country. The session will also explore holistic design and planning that incorporates environmental health through tools such as health impact assessments. …
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Housing Our Veterans: Engaging Philanthropy and the Private Sector

Improving homes. Improving lives. Honoring veterans. Statistics show that many veterans face severe housing needs for a variety of reasons including a disability from combat injuries and being particularly hard hit by the economy. This session will showcase model projects where philanthropy and the private sector have leveraged public funding to develop innovative housing strategies and supportive services for homeless and disabled veterans….
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Housing Policy as Workforce Policy

Housing options affordable to the workforce are more critical than ever before. Housing the workforce is a key factor for maintaining the economic competitiveness of the community. This discussion will explore the variety of state and local programs, tools, and developments underway across the country to ensure that workers can afford to live near their workplace and jobs can remain in the community….
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Filling the Equitable TOD Financing Gap

Equitable transit-oriented development (TOD) supports the delivery of key elements that promote social equity and opportunities for low income people. This approach can result in healthier residents, vibrant neighborhoods and strong regional economies but is complex and requires a high level of regional collaboration for success. Enterprise Community Partners and the Low Income Investment Fund were engaged by Living Cities to study and identify ways to make equitable TOD easier to finance and build. This session will explore the findings of that work with a discussion equitable TOD financing tools from four regions that will highlight the distinct economic, transportation, political, geographic and social contexts, and the resulting TOD projects, lessons, and impact in these areas. …
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What Future Demand Means for Housing Opportunity

As the economy begins to show signs of improvement, what will happen to the millions of households that have not yet formed or have been forced into new configurations as a result of the Great Recession? How should the real estate industry respond to the release of pent-up demand and what policy and finance changes may be needed to support this response. Join the discussion as panelists share ideas on creating and sustaining housing opportunities for individuals and families across a range of incomes in the face of rapidly shifting demographics and preferences. …
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