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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Closing General Session and Luncheon

Recognizing the importance that housing plays in the long-term success and competitiveness in Massachusetts, Governor Patrick announced a Statewide Housing Production Goal of 10,000 multi-family housing units per year between 2012 and 2020. Learn about how this goal will help Massachusetts achieve and sustain a positive net-migration; the role the goal plays in communications and partnership building; the commitment needed by local communities, business and developers, and best practices when considering a goal like this in your community, region or state….
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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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The Investment Case for Age-Qualified Housing

Given its sound performance, it is no surprise that the age-qualified housing sector is outperforming all other commercial real estate asset classes during the Great Recession. Many investors are increasingly interested in getting into this business. Using objective data and case studies, this session will highlight information that investors, planners, developers, and others interested in investing in or developing top performing age-qualified communities need to know before making the investment decision….
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Around the Beltway and Beyond: Federal Housing Policy Update

All planning and development is local, but what happens inside the Beltway can major implications for states and localities. Join this session for a look behind the headlines and inside the Beltway! What are the prospects for and implications of budget cuts, tax reform, and housing finance reform over the next year? How might Congressional or Administration actions change the way in which we think about providing affordable housing and stronger communities? Panelists will share updates on the current federal policy landscape and what it may mean for real estate development in 2013 and beyond….
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Planning for the Future – Building Resilience into Housing

With the accelerating rise of sea levels and intensifying weather events, where housing is located and how it is designed to meet changing conditions are becoming essential questions. What can be done with exiting housing to make it more resilient to new conditions? Where should housing not be located? What changes in basic building codes are important to consider? Hear a discussion from those who have been actively involved about recent lessons-learned from those impacted by recent hurricanes to growing commitment to resiliency and long term planning in the Gulf Coast. …
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Investing in What Works for America’s Communities

Many American’s are falling further behind and finding it harder to climb out of poverty into the middle class. Income inequality is at the highest level since the Great Depression and sever poverty is deepening. These shifts have major implications for real estate and community development. To address these issues, the Low Income Investment Fund and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco recently published a new book called Investing in What Works for America’s Communities: Essays on People, Place, and Purpose. This session will explore new ideas and entrepreneurial solutions offered by leading experts….
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Boomers’ Housing Preferences Segment by Segment — Success through Differentiation

Ninety percent of the Boomers who plan to move will move to traditional, all-age housing communities. Still, the positioning, lifestyle and product provided by the community will be most successful if it is customer centric and targeted to appeal to specific market sectors as opposed to trying to be all things to all people. This session will explore the many faces and housing preferences of 55+ consumers. Who are they and what to do they want?…
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