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2019 NALHFA Annual Conference

May 15–18 | Denver, CO | Hilton Denver City Center

Climbing to New Heights: Unique Solutions for Affordable Housing


Concurrent Sessions


Thursday, May 16


Session 1: Identifying Opportunities for Homebuyers in Today’s Financially Strained Market    
Colorado Ballroom G/H/I
The federal government has long promoted homeownership, but the recovery from the housing crisis combined with escalating home prices have made it increasingly difficult for households to purchase a home. In this session, learn about how the lease to own mortgage can be an effective tool to ensure that American households have access to sustainable homeownership. In addition, the panel will also explore some other creative solutions HFAs can use to get potential homeowners in housing they can afford.

Moderator: Harper Wong, MGIC

Diane Arvizo, Nevada Rural Housing Authority

 Ryan Bowen, Chapman and Cutler
Darryl Lewis, Trio

 Rhonda Mitchell, SETH

Session 2: Hot Topics in Single Family Lending 
Colorado Ballroom A/B
This panel will cover a wide variety of single-family lending topics. Anyone involved in the pricing, production and/or regulatory requirements for single family lending will not want to miss this session!

Moderator: Robert Coleman, Raymond James


 Mike Airhart, George K. Baum & Company

 Jason Hubbard, U.S. Bank Home

Erin Quinn, Freddie Mac

 Jessica Wright, Fannie Mae


Session 3: Housing an Aging Population
Colorado Ballroom C/D
Learn new techniques in financing assisted living and other senior facilities. Case studies will include: a conversation of a section 8 new construction high rise, a Low Rent Public Housing (LRPH) conversion, a Housing Credit new construction with HUD’s 202 program, and a HOME funded development on land owned by 5 jurisdictions. 


Moderator: Norm McLoughlin, McLoughlin & Associates


Kurt Creager, Bridge Housing

▪  Mauro Hernandez, Concepts in Community Living

▪  Jim Stretz, George K. Baum Company


Friday, May 17


Session 1: The Latest on the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit)
Colorado Ballroom G/H/I    
The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) has financed over 3 million apartments since 1986, which have provided roughly 7.2 million low-income families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities homes they can afford. The Housing Credit is a critical tool for HFAs across the country, but what does the future of this resource look like? Join national Housing Credit experts to learn about expansion and enhancement proposals for the Housing Credit and what HFAs can do to advocate for this important program.

Moderator: Elizabeth Strojan, NYCHDC

▪ Emily Cadik, Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition

Peter Lawrence, Novogradac Consulting LLP

▪ Beth Mullen, CohnReznick

Shannon Ross, Housing Partnership Network


Session 2: The Benefits of Educating Homebuyers 
Colorado Ballroom A/B
In this session, participants will learn about the benefits of educating their borrowers in advance of home purchase. Successful examples of local HFAs that have instituted homebuyer education requirements will be examined and shared. Additionally, the session will explore some of the assistance local HFAs can provide potential homeowners including a look at successful down payment assistance programs. 


Moderator: Milton Sharp, Jr., eHome America


▪ Rob Chrane, Down Payment Resource
▪ Katie Coleman, Nevada Rural Housing Authority

▪ Sue Denihan, eHousingPlus


Session 3: The Complexities of Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

Colorado Ballroom C/D
Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) deals are complex transactions with many moving pieces. Join this panel of experts to discuss key items for these deals including the best ratio of conventional debt and tax credits, gap financing, using soft debt and more.  

Moderator: Rich Froehlich, NYCHDC


▪ Adam Cray, Bank of America
▪ Jonah Lee, San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development



Friday, May 17


Session 1: Current Housing Credit Market and Opportunity Zone Financings  
Colorado Ballroom G/H/I   
This session will focus on the implementation and rules surrounding Opportunity Zones. Additionally, there will be discussion on the ongoing policy and regulation developments surrounding the equity market. 


▪ Tony Alfieri, RBC Capital Markets

Session 2: Exploring Alternative Housing Options 
Colorado Ballroom A/B

The session will focus on exploring alternative and creative methods to address the Homeless crisis in the United States, including the role of Tiny Homes and other alternative housing.

▪ Thomas Fisher, Minnesota Design Center, College of Design, University of Minnesota

▪ Melinda Nichols, Low Income Housing Institute 

▪ Geoffrey C. Warner, weeHouse


Session 3: Tax-Exempt Multifamily Bonds & 4% Housing Credits
Colorado Ballroom C/D
 This session will explore the current economic environment for issuing multifamily bonds including 4% Housing Credits as well as a description of financing structures. Topics will include a discussion of new income averaging rules, preservation and workforce housing.

Moderator: Wade Norris, Norris, George & Ostrow PLLC



▪ Peter Cannava, Wells Fargo Securities

Helen Hough Feinberg, RBC Capital Markets
▪ Rich Froelich, NYCHDC

Alan Jaffe, Jefferies

▪ Barry Krinsky, Citi Community Capital



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