Thursday, October 6, 2011

Solutions for Sustainable Communities wrap-up

by Blake Warenik, National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy

Last week here in Washington, D.C., over 400 participants joined us for Solutions for Sustainable Communities: 2011 Learning Conference on State and Local Housing Policy and more than 75 stayed for our our Bring Workers Home workforce housing forums with the National Association of REALTORS®. Thanks to our participants and speakers for helping to make these events a huge success. Even if you weren't able to make it, we've got plenty of post-conference information on the way so you can catch up on the latest research and trends in building the sustainable communities of the future.


Check back at NHC.org early next week to review all the conference resources, including presentations from many of the more than 140 speakers, handouts, video, blog articles, photos and more from the 40+ sessions offered. In the meantime, please see the text of HUD Secretary Donovan's rousing keynote speech and watch a video address from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood from the conference's Opening Plenary. 

The Learning Conference also served as the venue where the Center for Housing Policy introduced its all-new Housing Research and Advisory Service (HRAS) to the housing community. HRAS is a new service intended to make it easier for practitioners and policymakers to get the information they need to develop effective solutions for the housing community.

The Center's Rebecca Cohen manages HRAS. "Solid research is one of the most important assets a housing practitioner can have on their side when facing a planning board or a local government," Cohen said. "But not every organization can afford to have a research department, or even a single researcher. We came up with HRAS as a way to give housers access to expert researchers without having to hire one."

Visit HousingAdvisor.org to explore how HRAS can help you achieve your housing goals.

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