Friday, November 5, 2010

National Inclusionary Housing Conference: Day 3

Today, the National Inclusionary Housing Conference wrapped up with a day full of informative speakers and dynamic panels.

The morning featured speaker John Trasvina, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Two workshops followed Trasvina's opening remarks. Nick Brunick, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, moderated a panel on how inclusionary housing fits into the affordable housing constellation which featured Brad Lander, New York City Council; Mariia Zimmerman, Sustainable Housing and Communities, HUD; and Beth Osborne, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, DOT as panelists.

The second workship was moderated by Center for Housing Policy Senior Researcher, Rebecca Cohen. This workshop focused on how to get elected officials to support inclusionary housing policies and had elected officials discussing their personal experiences with adoption of inclusionary housing ordinances in their respective communities. The panel featured Brad Lander, New York City Council; Margo Williams, Town Board Commissioner, Davidson, NC; and Cathy Hudgins, Supervisor of Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

The conference closed with a keynote from PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell.

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