Friday, December 10, 2010

Housing Industry Shows Strong Support for Advancing Affordable Housing Advocacy at NYHC/NHC Awards Luncheon

The New York Housing Conference (NYHC) and the National Housing Conference (NHC) hosted the 37th Annual Awards Luncheon, one of the largest gatherings of housing professionals in the nation, on Thursday, December 9, 2010  in Manhattan.

Alfred A. Dellibovi, President of Federal Home Loan Banks of New York, served as Luncheon Chairman and helped raise a record breaking $600,000. Michael Bloomberg, New York City Mayor, provided opening video remarks and Rafael Cestero, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, gave special remarks on the importance of affordable housing.

This annual fundraising event, underwritten by corporate sponsor Bank of America Merrill Lynch, honors those who have made New York a better place to live and work.

As the big tent representing the full spectrum of the housing industry, NHC convenes thought leaders and helps educate policy makers on vital reforms so that all in America have a safe, decent and affordable place to call home. Housing is a vital component to our nation’s economy and a stabilizing force for families and communities. The money raised at this year's luncheon is pertinent to NHC's goals of moving affordable housing to a first tier issue on the national agenda and further developing and growing our advocacy efforts in line with our five policy priorities.

This year’s honorees are:

• Clara Fox Award for Outstanding Achievement:
William R. Frey, Senior Vice President and Eastern Region Executive, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

• Private Developer of the Year: The Bluestone Organization

• Nonprofit Developer of the Year: F•E•G•S Health and Human Services System

• Public Service Award: Marc Jahr, President, New York City Housing Development Corporation

• Special Recognition was given to the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York on the 20th Anniversary of its Affordable Housing Program.

Four policy symposiums were held prior to the event and included panels on tax credits, green development financing, affordable housing post midterm elections and government funding options.

The Luncheon provides essential support for NYHC’s and NHC’s housing policies and programs in New York City, Albany and Washington, DC. These programs are vital to develop and maintain affordable housing for all New Yorkers.

Friday, December 3, 2010

What Works and Why in Communicating on Affordable Housing

When it comes to effectively communicating on affordable housing, it's complicated. Public housing, workforce housing, mixed-income, mixed-use: the litany of terms can become overwhelming to even the most seasoned communications professional.

To help with this the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a nonprofit group based in San Rafael, California, have released a new report "What Works and Why: Affordable Housing Communications Campaigns 2000–2010.” This report examines efforts by advocates and government agencies to build public and political support for affordable housing. The summary is available for viewing free of charge at

The 36-page report describes 15 campaigns from New York to North Carolina to California, with reproductions of some of the advertisements used in those campaigns.

The full report is free for members of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities (PSC). It costs $12 for nonmembers. For information on the other benefits of membership, go to

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

NHC Recaps the Piece by Piece Kick-Off Event

Piece by Piece – A Regional Foreclosure Initiative is a bold, coordinated effort designed to spur strategic action from the many regional stakeholders who care passionately about protecting the long-term future of our neighborhoods and communities, kicked off in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, November 30. The event was a great success with more than 300 people in attendance at the Carter Center and 120 confirmed sponsors, including the National Housing Conference.

Former HUD Secretary, Henry Cisneros, provided the keynote and highlighted Atlanta as one of the cities he most greatly admires. Mr. Cisneros praised Atlanta’s tenacity and the leadership of Renee Glover in pursuing Hope VI redevelopments and noted that no city in America has done Hope VI redevelopments and mixed income communities better. As the foreclosure crisis has many communities “wringing their hands” as to what to do, Mr. Cisneros applauded the Piece by Piece initiative for creating a master strategy to combat the crisis. In line with Atlanta’s traditional and spirit of bringing people together and recognizing that everyone has a role to play, he had no doubt that this initiative would be a success.

The National Housing Conference shares Mr. Cisneros’ enthusiasm over the Piece by Piece initiative, and looks forward to assisting in the implementation of this bold initiative to stabilize the Atlanta region and share successes across the country.

Click here to read the full article of the kick-off event in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.