Housing Opportunity 2014: Thursday, May 15 Sessions

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Why Connecting Housing and Health Matters

9:30–10:45 a.m.
Thursday, May 15
Opening General Session
How does housing influence health outcomes? The opening general session will feature Dr. Megan Sandel, who studies the interconnection between housing and health at Children’s HealthWatch. Learn how stable, decent, affordable housing is the foundation of health for children, families, and communities.
Welcome

  • J. Ronald Terwilliger

Remarks

  • Kathleen Carey, Urban Land Institute

Keynote Speaker

Session sponsored by: Wells Fargo

Mile High Connects: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Session

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Thursday, May 15
Concurrent Session
In this discussion, participants will learn how transit intersects with affordable housing, education, health, jobs, and community organizing. The panelists will share how innovative partnerships such as Mile High Connects can provide a method of advancing transit equity in urban areas through policy advocacy, resident engagement, and collective impact work. This panel discussion is an engaging opportunity to better understand how local governments, community lenders, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and businesses are working together to implement and leverage equity principles in the Denver region.
Moderator:
  • Dace West, Mile High Connects

Discussion Leaders:

  • Catherine Cox Blair, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Samaria Crews, FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities
  • Dr. Eric France, Kaiser Permanente
  • Tony Pickett, Urban Land Conservancy

Session sponsored by: Colorado Health Foundation

Service-Enriched Housing for Children, Veterans, and Older Adults

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Thursday, May 15
Concurrent Session
Service-enriched housing integrates a social support system for residents into the operation and management of housing. Residents can experience improved health outcomes, growth in household income, and a general improvement in quality of life. Developers may be able to lower operating costs through savings associated with lower vacancy rates, a reduction in vandalism to the property, and a decrease in legal fees. This session will explore models for successful service-enriched housing for vulnerable populations such as children, veterans, and older adults.
Moderators: 
  • Ianna Kachoris, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Discussion Leaders:

  • Maya Brennan, National Housing Conference
  • Carol Breslau, Mercy Housing
  • Robyn Stone, LeadingAge Center for Applied Research

Federal Housing Policy Roundup

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Thursday, May 15
Concurrent Session
Where is federal housing policy headed next? What will it mean for real estate development and housing affordability? What are the implications of the Affordable Care Act for healthy housing and places? This session will explore these questions and many more in a lively discussion featuring national housing policy thought leaders.
Moderator:

  • J. Ronald Terwilliger

Discussion Leaders:

  • Jonathan Harwitz, Low Income Investment Fund
  • Bill Kelly, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future
  • Alazne (Ali) Solis, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Denver Union Station: All Aboard for Housing

1:304:15 p.m. 
Thursday, May 15
The half-billion dollar transformation of the historic Denver Union Station into a multi-modal transit hub has created the city’s top development hot spot with housing in the mix on former rail yards. Tour participants will take the 16th Street Mall shuttle to get an overview of the Union Station project.  The tour will also include developments such as 1650 Wewatta, a 21 story mixed-use high rise apartment tower that sets a contemporary standard for the new district, and Balfour Riverfront Park, a new concept in walkable senior living in an infill location.
Tour Leaders

  • Adam Fenton, Holland Partners
  • Erin Kelley, Powers Brown Architecture
  • Hunter McLeodBalfour Senior Living
  • Lindsay MitchellBalfour Senior Living
  • Ken SchroeppelUniversity of Colorado—Denver
  • Brandi Williamson, Balfour Senior Living

Improving Health Outcomes through Residential Energy Efficiency

1:30–2:45 p.m.
Thursday, May 15
Concurrent Session
A growing movement has formed around the intersection of home energy retrofits and health. Renovating housing—single-family and multifamily—to improve energy efficiency provides opportunities to improve the health of residents by doing related healthy-home upgrades simultaneously. This session will explore the benefits of focusing on both energy efficiency and health at the same time and present what is known about health benefits of green and healthy renovations.
Moderator:

  • Yianice Hernandez, Enterprise Community Partners

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Healthy Communities through Healthy Policy—A State and Local Perspective

1:30–2:45 p.m.
Thursday, May 15
Concurrent Session
Healthy communities don’t just happen on their own. These places proactively support positive health outcomes through planning and public policy. This session will explore the best practices in use by states and localities across the country to create and sustain healthy homes, neighborhoods, and residents. Discussion leaders will spotlight innovative programs, policies, and public/private partnerships that promote community wellness.
Moderator

  • Anna Ricklin, American Planning Association

Discussion Leaders:

  • Arthur Jemison, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
  • Albert Iannacone, Knox County Health Department
  • Elizabeth SchillingSmart Growth America
  • Miguel Vazquez, Riverside County, California, Public Health Department

In Pursuit of the Good Life: The Role of Housing in Health and Well-Being

1:30–2:45 p.m.
Thursday, May 15
Concurrent Session
What is the “good life,” and what role does housing play in helping individuals and families achieve this sense of well-being? This session will explore the dimensions of well-being, with a focus on the impact that housing quality, environmental conditions, and location has on residents. The discussion will also address the lifelong implications for children of poor housing conditions.
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Session sponsored by: Delos-Building-Wellness-R

Transformative Place Making for Neighborhoods, Housing, and Health

3:00–4:15 p.m.
Thursday, May 15
Concurrent Session
Connecting housing to the broader community is essential to creating and sustaining healthy communities. This connection can be fostered through place making that supports equitable transit-oriented development, complete streets, and neighborhood safety. This session will explore a range of examples from the tactical urbanism of developing better blocks in Denver to a major corridor development effort in Chicago.
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Innovative Financial Structures to Affect Residents’ Health

3:00–4:15 p.m.
Thursday, May 15
Concurrent Session
In an age of dwindling resources for residential development, developers—both private and nonprofit—and others are creating innovative new models to support housing, health, and community. Join this session to learn about crowdsourcing investment for neighborhood revitalization, leveraging the expertise of nonprofit developers through a social-purpose real estate investment trust (REIT), and a principles-based investment strategy from a private developer.
Moderator:

  • Michael Pitchford, Community Preservation and Development Corporation

Discussion Leaders:

  • Luke Apicella, Prudential
  • Drew Ades, Housing Partnership Equity Trust
  • Jonathan F.P. Rose, Jonathan Rose Companies
  • Rhoda Stauffer, Park City Municipal Corporation

Maximizing Housing Opportunities with Health Impact Assessments

3:00–4:15 p.m.
Thursday, May 15
Concurrent Session
Health impact assessments (HIAs) are increasingly common tools that developers and policy makers are using to understand the impacts of their decisions on human health. These assessments employ a comprehensive approach that includes the economic, psychological, social, and environmental factors that influence people’s health. Projects in areas such as transportation, energy, housing, and agriculture use HIAs to both minimize risks and maximize opportunities for improvement in health outcomes. This session will explore how HIAs are being used to assess impacts of residential development, policies, and programs.
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The Better Block

4:305:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 15
General Session
How can communities redevelop to be healthier, vibrant, and more sustainable? The Better Block project supports community re-visioning using living charrettes and neighborhood participation. Hear from Jason Roberts about how the Better Block encourages place making and increases economic development through community engagement.
Welcome:

  • Dara Kovel, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority

Remarks:

  • Paul Scialla, Delos Living

Keynote Speaker:

  • Jason Roberts, Better Block project

Opening Reception

5:307:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 15
Networking Event
After a great day of learning and sharing, join your fellow conference attendees at the opening reception for networking and refreshments.