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Fall Finance Conference Program


Agenda as of 8/22/17

Fall Finance Conference Program

7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast


8:30 a.m. 8:45 a.m.


Welcome and Introductions

Ron Williams, NALHFA President

Bill Libit, Chief Operating Partner, Chapman and Cutler, LLP


8:45 a.m. 9:45 a.m.


Session 1 – Marisa Novara Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council

Marisa Novara presents her 2017 report The Cost of Segregation, a joint study by the Metropolitan Planning Council and the Urban Institute. This study explores the costs of segregating our communities by incomes and race through studying the country’s 100 largest metros from 1990-2010, with a specific focus on the costs to Chicago. You won’t want to miss this interesting look into residential segregation.


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9:45 a.m. 10:30 a.m.


Session 2 Eugene Jones, Jr., CEO, Chicago Housing Authority

Chicago, like all urban centers adapting to a changing global economy, faces new challenges in meeting the demand for affordable housing. While the City finances the majority of new affordable housing each year through the LIHTC and other programs, the flexibility afforded to CHA by HUD as a Moving to Work (MTW) Authority, allows us to provide a variety of housing opportunities through the provision of hard units and Housing Choice Vouchers.

CHA CEO Eugene Jones, Jr. will discuss how the Authority has expanded its voucher program and stepped up its development efforts, which together, with strong community partnerships, have allowed for steady innovation and collaboration. Since its inception, the CHA’s mission has been rooted in building Chicago’s communities by creating greater access and opportunity through housing and economic development initiatives.

10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m.


Networking Break


10:45 a.m. 11:15 p.m.


Session 3 – NALHFA Washington Update

This year has brought many changes for Washington with a new administration and Republican-controlled Congress. From budget slashes to potential tax reform, there have been many ambitious ideas swirling around Capitol Hill, but will any real change result? Join NALHFA Policy Director, Heather Voorman, for an update on what is happening in Washington and what effect these legislative proposals might have on local HFAs.


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11:15 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Cyndi Waldron, Freddie Mac, Qualitative Director, Affordable Lending Analytics and Research, SF Affordable Lending and Access to Credit
Who are the borrowers of the future and what do they look like? In this presentation, Cindy Waldron will discuss insights into the potentially “ready” to buy, and their credit characteristics, where they live and their available housing stock. In addition, she will look at the challenges and opportunities the borrowers of the future face.


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12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Audra Hamernik, Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority


1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

Session 4 – Multifamily Housing Bonds with 4% Housing Credits

As the nation faces an affordable housing crisis and great strain on resources, bond financing for affordable housing has become increasingly important for localities nationwide. This panel, featuring bond and tax credit experts from across the country, will give you an overview of bonds for housing, discuss national trends in usage including the increased utilization of RAD and public-private partnerships, highlight some case studies of how these bonds are used, and examine the latest federal advocacy efforts to increase bond cap authority. Join us for this in-depth analysis of the latest in multifamily housing bonds.


Rich Froehlich, NYCHDC



Ryan Bowen, Senior Counsel, National Public Finance Department, Chapman and Cutler LLP

Jim Stretz, Vice President, National Housing Group, George K. Baum & Company

Mathew Wambua, President, RHR Funding



Ryan Bowen Presentation: Click here

Mathew Wambua Presentation: Click here

Jim Stretz Presentation: Click here


2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Session 5 – Local Housing Finance Agencies and the Risk-Sharing Program

Congress established the Federal Housing Agency (FHA) - Housing Finance Agency (HFA) Multifamily Risk-Sharing program in 1992 to increase and speed up FHA’s multifamily mortgage production. The Risk-Sharing program is an increasingly important tool in the development and preservation of affordable housing. Join HUD and industry leaders as they examine FHA-HFA Risk-Sharing and explore ways it can help local HFAs meet current affordable housing finance needs.


Donald Billingsly, Acting Director, Program Administration Division, Office of Multifamily Production


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3:00 p.m. 3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m. 4:15 p.m.

Session 6 Single Family Housing



Mike Airhart, Vice President, National Housing Group, George K. Baum & Company

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4:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks



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