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Affordable Housing Seminar

October 2, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity seeks to share critical expertise on affordable housing in a tight market.

Did you know that a 2010 study found that 55% of Johnson County renters are burdened by housing costs and that the local rental vacancy rate is only 1/2 of 1%? These are just several statistics highlighting the need for more affordable housing options in our area.

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity is organizing a housing workshop to bring together local businesses, non-profits and public policy experts to discuss solutions for the housing problems facing our community.

Join us on Thursday, October 2 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City from 8:30 am-1 pm to get an overview of housing problems, gain insight from examples of successful affordable housing programs across the nation, and formulate goals to address local housing needs.


8:00 am: Registration and continental Breakfast
8:30 am: Greetings and Introductions: Sally Scott, Iowa Valley Habitat Board President
8:45 am: The Physical and Mental Effects of Substandard Housing
Speaker: Michael Bodaken, National Housing Trust
   Winner of the 2014 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions
9:10 am: Troy Gardens, Housing for a Lifespan
Speaker: Greg Rosenberg (Jones Payne Group Inc. Madison, WI)
9:35 am: Q&A
10:00 am: Coffee break
10:15 am: Workshops 1-3
Workshop 1: Successful Rehabs and Supportive Services
Speaker: Amanda Novak (CommonBond, St. Paul, MN)
Moderator: Tracey Achenbach
 Workshop 2: Does the Low Income Housing Credit Work Well Everywhere?
Speakers: Michael Rossi, Enterprise Community Investment (Columbia, MD), and Dan  Garrett (Garrett Development Group)
Moderator: Carolann Jensen (Deputy Director Iowa Finance Authority),
            Workshop 3: Learning Lessons from Madison’s Inclusionary Zoning Efforts
Speaker: Greg Rosenberg
Moderator: Joe O’Hern (former regional HUD secretary, head of IFA)
11:15 am: Lunch and panel discussion moderated by Michael Bodeaken

— Michael Rossi to speak to developers about LIHTC syndications at 1:30 p.m.


October 2, 2014
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Iowa Valley Habitat
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St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
1300 Melrose Ave
Iowa City, IA 52246 United States
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