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2018 Legislative Conference Program





NALHFA 2018 Fall Legislative Conference

October 2-4, 2018 | Washington D.C.

Hosted by: District of Columbia Finance Agency (DCHFA)

All sessions will be held at the offices of the DCHFA located at 

815 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001


Tuesday, October 2

1:00pm  5:00pm

Conference Registration

      1:00pm  2:00pm       Legislative Committee Meeting (NALHFA Members  Welcome)

2:30p— 4:00pm

Board of Directors Meeting (Invite Only)

4:00pm 5:00pm

Affiliate Council Meeting (NALHFA Affiliate Members  Welcome)

5:00pm  6:30pm

Welcome Reception
Sponsored by: District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency

      6:30pm         Dinner with Sponsors (on your own)

Wednesday, October 3


7:00am — 5:00pm


8:00am — 9:00am

Washington Briefing Breakfast


NALHFA’s Washington Briefing Breakfast will feature keynote remarks from Members of Congress, who will give insight on what it takes to effectively communicate the message of the industry during Capitol Hill visits and back at home. They will also provide an overview of the current atmosphere on Capitol Hill and with the Trump administration. 


  • Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14)
  •       9:00am — 10:00am

    Cook Political Report and Election Preview 

    Charlie E. Cook Jr., Editor & Publisher of the Cook Political Report & Political Analyst for the National Journal Group. Cook is also a political analyst for NBC News and a frequent talk show contributor
    Sponsored by: Southeast Texas Housing Finance Corporation

          10:00am — 10:15am


    10:15am — 11:00am

    NALHFA Washington Update & Issues Briefing 
    Heather Voorman, NALHFA Policy Director 

    Your NALHFA association government relations staff will review the specific talking points to help you to effectively communicate the industry’s position on key issues during the Capitol Hill and federal agency visits. During this session staff will answer any questions that you may have and provide tips on how to get our message across clearly and effectively with policy makers. 

    11:00am — 12:00pm

    Policy Session: Budget and Appropriations

    This session will feature national affordable housing experts speaking about the funding needs HFAs face, the outlook for affordable housing programs, and the budgetary outlook for nondefense discretionary spending. 

  • Doug Rice, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Marion Mollegen McFadden, VP, Public Policy, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
  • 12:00pm — 1:30pm

    Affordable Housing Advocate Award  Luncheon & Keynote

    • Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner (Washington D.C.)

    Affordable Housing Advocate Award Recipient: 

    • Senator Maria Cantwell, (D–WA)

    1:30pm 2:30pm

    Policy Session: Legislative and Regulatory Housing Outlook

    This session will cover the issues of the day related to affordable housing, including the status of the FHA-HFA Multifamily Loan Risk-Sharing FFB Program, a 2019 outlook from FHA, an update on potential reforms to the Community Reinvestment Act, and an update from HUD on the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. 

  • Ammar Askari, Director of Community Affairs Outreach, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Patricia M. Burke, Director (Acting), Office of MF Production, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Thomas R. Davis, Director, Office of Recapitalization, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • 2:30pm 3:00pm

    Networking Break

    3:00pm 4:00pm

    Policy Session: Tax Credits

    This session will cover a number of policy issues regarding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program including the future of private activity bonds, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, and the latest on tax legislation in Congress that will help build more affordable housing across the country. 

  • Emily Cadik, Executive Director, Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition
  • Adam Carasso, Senior Tax Policy Advisor, Senate Finance Committee
  • Nick Wyatt, Professional Staff, Senate Finance Committee
  • 4:00p — 5:00pm

    Closing Keynote:

    Neal Rackleff, Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Community Planning and Development in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.


    Dinner with Sponsors (on your own)

    Thursday, October 4

    8:00am —4:00pm

    Congressional Hill & Federal Agency Appointments


    Your elected officials rely on hearing from their constituents to keep them apprised of the affordable housing crisis and to provide real-world feedback on how legislative and agency actions impact local communities. During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to visit their members of Congress on Capitol Hill and/or meet with federal agency representatives to discuss critical industry issues and concerns.



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