Workshop Session One (9:30 AM – 10:45 AM)
A. Affordable Housing: How to Cultivate & Retain Emerging Professionals
The Emerging Leader Network’s workshop will feature a dynamic panel of affordable housing industry leaders with various perspectives and experiences. The workshop focus is cultivating and retaining emerging professionals within the affordable housing industry. Our panel’s discussion will include developing emerging leaders’ skills and experience, while continuing strong industry growth.
B. Maximize Property Revenues with Energy Efficiency Projects
There are many factors to consider when adding green/energy efficiency measures to a new construction or rehab/retrofit project for affordable housing, and the source of funding is always a concern. Thankfully, there are simple financing solutions that recognize the return on investment for implementing these measures. This session will feature a panel discussion on green projects in affordable properties that received financing and are reaping large benefits from reduced energy and maintenance expenses and improved cash flows. The session will focus on case studies of completed projects and the funding process, and will offer plenty of time for discussion between attendees and presenters. The remainder of the time will be spent asking discussion-provoking questions about real projects and situations to get the attendees to think about ways these funding solutions can be applied.
C. Subsidized Housing in a Second Chance Society
Finding stable and affordable housing is a key element to success for people formerly incarcerated or with criminal records but often their criminal records are a basis for barring them from the housing they so desperately need. Our workshop will focus on the work of the Housing Authority of New Haven (HANH) in conjunction with the Reentry Clinic of New Haven Legal Assistance to create housing consistent with the goals of the Second Chance Society, while protecting the safety of all tenants. We will discuss the changes HANH has made in its policies and procedures, the special reentry and family reunification programs run by HANH, and the differences between the former and current admissions policies. After a brief discussion about the implementation of New Haven’s new policy, we hope to involve the audience in an exercise examining how the policy would work in a hypothetical admissions decision.
D. Survival of the Fittest: The Evolution of Housing Development
Using elements from our Fundamentals of Transformational Economic Development, a municipal training workshop that Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) offers, we will present a research-based approach to help communities (including municipal officials, economic development leaders and local providers, businesses and residents) improve the housing development process. This interactive session will include a facilitated discussion about challenges that arise and strategies to overcome potential problems. CERC will also demonstrate a self-assessment questionnaire to help attendees determine a community’s “readiness” for development and important components, like housing mix, fiscal considerations and grand list impacts. The presentation will also include tools that are available, including housing trend data and research sources.
E. Trends in Affordable Housing/Legislators Take on Affordable Housing
Hear directly from State Senator George Logan and Representative Roland Lemar, Co-Chairs of the Planning & Development Committee, two policymakers on the front lines of legislation dealing with affordable housing. Get their perspective on the future of affordable housing as we prepare for a new administration and a new legislature. What trends do they see developing in the upcoming session? Hear what can we do to help them pass effective sound legislation that supports and advances affordable housing.
Workshop Session Two (11:00 AM – 12:15 PM)
F. Building Housing Connections: Rural and Suburban Affordable Housing Strategies
The Housing Connections program supports rural and suburban communities to develop affordable housing that is best-suited to their town. Learn from local groups who have successfully increased housing choices in their communities, find out how many other communities in Connecticut are supporting affordable housing, and discover how this program can connect you with the tools and best practices to increase housing options in your town.
G. Exclusionary Zoning: Coded Language, Political Challenges, Myths, and Opportunities
Panelists will discuss current problems and solutions for ending the use of exclusionary zoning as a barrier to housing integration and development. Panelists will describe local barriers to inclusionary zoning practices, and then place Connecticut within the current national context. We will examine the 2018 legislative session and the work proposed by the Fair Housing task force. Finally, we will propose solutions and identify research in support of inclusionary zoning and integration.
H. Meet Your Millennials
After 1990 the state of Connecticut saw a drastic decline in its 20 to 34 year-old population. Many of the Millennials that remain in Connecticut (42%) are living with their parents. This is in part a consequence of our high housing costs which makes it difficult to attract / retain young workers in entry level positions or allow them to move out on their own. The workshop will explore how failing to provide these residents with the housing options they need has huge implications for the state’s economy and how some towns have remedied this issue by increasing their housing diversity. It will also provide insights into the nuances of this struggle by allowing the audience to hear from the residents this housing crisis impacts: Millennials.
I. Opportunity to Impact
Amid a shifting economic and political climate, the importance of identifying and partnering with community stakeholders to seek transformational engagement has never been greater. These partnerships can be both traditional (e.g., a homeless shelter and social service agency) and non-traditional (e.g., a housing developer and a hospital). This fully interactive workshop is designed to introduce attendees to the value of a collective impact mindset to improve our communities using a social innovation framework. Attendees will come away with a shared language and basic understanding of the fundamental principles behind inclusive, effective, change-making approaches to problem-solving that work across sectors. The workshop will also develop a sense of empathy among the attendees and encourage them to explore what it means to “walk in the shoes” of various community stakeholders. The workshop will also shed light on what goes into participating in, and possibly leading, a community-driven partnership.
J. The Affordable Housing Funders Speak
Under the leadership of Governor Malloy and with the strong support of the legislature, Connecticut has created and preserved affordable housing at an historically fast pace. The Department of Housing (DOH) and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) have collectively invested over $1.4 billion in affordable housing since 2011 and anticipate another busy year of capital funding and tax credit equity programs. HUD’s Hartford Field Office provides guidance and support for federally funded affordable housing projects and programs administered directly or by the state or local agencies. The USDA’s Rural Development office for Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island provides a variety of loans and grants for both single family and multi-family properties. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (FHLBB) has been a critical funding source for large and small affordable housing projects in Connecticut and the rest of New England through its competitive Affordable Housing Program and other financing programs. This panel will highlight upcoming funding opportunities and recent successful projects and identify policies, priorities and trends that potential applicants should keep in mind.