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REGISTER NOW: New England Housing Network Federal Policy Forum – 12/16

Posted November 17, 2016

New England Housing Network
Federal Forum 


Friday, December 16
9 AM – Noon

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
600 Atlantic Avenue


We have been advised that space is limited and filling quickly for next month’s Federal Forum, sponsored by the New England Housing Network. Click below to register.

Registration closes December 12 or when filled. Note pre-registration and photo ID at the door are required due to security measures at the Federal Reserve. Forum fee is $35.


Friday, December 16, 2016

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
(Breakfast & registration begins at 9:00 AM)
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

Please note that you must register and bring a photo ID due to security measures at the Federal Reserve.

What will the Trump Administration and Congress do about the unmet need for affordable housing in our country?  At this forum, we’ll hear from national experts about what they predict will happen, and we’ll hear reactions from New England speakers about what the impact will be on our states.  We’ll also consider what we can do proactively to encourage a robust federal affordable housing agenda as we begin 2017.

National Speakers:

  • Chris Estes, President and CEO, National Housing Conference
  • Benson “Buzz” Roberts, President and CEO, National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders
  • Barbara Sard, Vice President for Housing Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Diane Yentel, President and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition

New England Speakers:

  • CT – Florence Villano, Executive Director, Connecticut Housing Coalition
  • MA – Chrystal Kornegay, Undersecretary, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
  • ME – Bill Shanahan, Executive Director, Northern New England Housing Investment Fund
  • NH – Ben Frost, Director of Legal and Public Affairs, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
  • RI – Barbara Fields, Executive Director, Rhode Island Housing
  • VT – Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

New England Housing Network Lead Agencies:
CT   Connecticut Housing Coalition
MA   Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association
ME   Maine Affordable Housing Coalition
NH   Housing Action New Hampshire
RI   Housing Action Coalition of Rhode Island
VT   Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition


Thank you to our generous event sponsors!


For more information, contact CHAPA at 617-742-0820.



Save the Date – NLIHC Forum to Address Affordable Housing Landscape Post-Election

Posted November 10, 2016

NLIHC’s 2017 Housing Policy Forum in Washington, DC, April 2-4, 2017 will convene thought-leaders, policy experts, researchers, affordable housing practitioners, low income residents, and leaders from Capitol Hill and the new Administration to discuss the post-election landscape for affordable housing in America. The Forum will explore emerging challenges and opportunities given the leadership changes in Washington and the best strategies for achieving positive affordable housing policy solutions. For more information, go to, or call NLIHC at (202) 662-1530, or e-mail


Save the Date – Better Buildings by Design 2017


Mark your calendar for Efficiency Vermont’s Better Buildings by Design 2017, the region’s premier design and construction conference, which features interactive learning about building durability, efficiency, and value for both residential and commercial projects. This year’s conference takes place Wednesday, Feb. 1, and Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, Vermont. Click here for more information.


Housing First Partners Conference, March 23-25 in Los Angeles, CA

Posted January 28, 2016

The Housing First Partners Conference – “Taking Housing First to Scale” will take place on Wednesday – Friday, March 23-25, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA and features presentations and plenary sessions from local and national experts engaged in ending homelessness through Housing First and provide attendees the opportunity to engage and collaborate with leaders in the fields of homelessness, behavioral health, philanthropy and government. This conference will focus on topics that take Housing First approach to scale and expanding its implementation across all elements of our homelessness services, housing systems and policy change. A special track designed for executive directors, funders and other community leaders will feature a variety of opportunities to learn how leaders in the field at the federal, local and agency level have and can work together to take the Housing First model to scale. For more information and to register, visit


Vermont Community Development Association Fall Conference – 12/3 in Burlington

Posted November 23, 2015

The Vermont Community Development Association will be holding their 2015 Fall Conference on Thursday, December 3rd in Burlington. The theme of the event is ‘Workforce Housing – Springboard to Economic Vitality’ and the deadline for registration is Wednesday, November 25th. Read more about the event below:

Join us for the 2015 Fall conference of the Vermont Community Development Association (VCDA) which will be held on Thursday, December 3rd in a beautifully restored historic Armory, circa 1904, now an upscale boutique hotel in the heart of Burlington’s business and shopping district. The theme is Workforce Housing – Springboard to Economic Vitality. In this engaging conference the focus is on a hot economic development issue challenging communities across the state.

Setting the stage for the conversation will be a short keynote presentation of research results quantifying the challenge followed by targeted input from “Young Professionals”. Then the discussion:

VCDA, a membership organization providing Vermonters education and networking opportunities in Community Development since 1978, has invited professionals from around Vermont and neighboring states to present for discussion – first, the economic realities of workforce housing, then tools communities can utilize to be competitive, and after lunch, case studies of workforce housing development. The case studies on:

Downtown redevelopment
Mixed income rental
Employer – Developer collaboration
Net Zero construction to lower housing cost

Along with both panels, these will provide the basis for lively solution- oriented conversation.

The Bernice Murray award will be presented just before lunch. Make your reservation now and join us on December 3rd at the Hilton Garden Inn in Burlington!

To view the complete agenda and registration form, click here (PDF File).


Save the Date: Vermont Community Development Association 2015 Fall Conference, 12/3 in Burlington

Posted November 3, 2015

The Vermont Community Development Association will be holding their 2015 Fall Conference on Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 9:00am to 2:30pm in Burlington. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Workforce Housing – Springboard to Economic Vitality” and will cover topics such as:

  • What is realistic and possible in creating residential communities for middle-income earners?
  • What do older neighborhoods need to attract investment by middle-income earners?
  • How can a community be competitive?
  • What is being done successfully and on what scale?

Complete registration packet will follow soon. Contact Theresa Bachand at VLCT for more information at (802) 229-9111 or


Register Now For the New England Housing Network Annual Conference – 12/4 in Needham, MA

Posted November 2, 2015

Registration is now open for the New England Housing Network Annual Conference taking place at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham, MA on December 4th.

Join housing advocates, developers, housing authorities, government officials, tenants, lenders, service providers, attorneys, and many others involved in the creation, management, and preservation of affordable housing from all six New England states for a one-day conference dealing with issues critical to our region. Conference participants will hear the latest information from national and local experts, and share innovative ideas on affordable housing and community development initiatives.

The day will include plenary sessions featuring an overview of federal budget and legislative concerns, and the impact of recent developments in fair housing; the choice of a specialized workshop; and the opportunity to engage with advocates across our six state region. For a complete agenda and list of speakers, click here (PDF File).

There is a special conference rate for overnight rooms for hotel guests of $169.00 per night. To access this rate, please use this link: or call 1-800-325-3535. The group rate is available until November 12th.

The registration fee for the conference is $85 and the deadline to register is Monday, November 23rd. To register visit



Video: Vermont Housing & Conservation Board Fall Conference: ‘Envisioning Vermont 2025’

Posted October 22, 2015

If you missed this month’s Vermont Housing & Conservation Board Conference, ‘Envisioning Vermont 2025,′ you can view the opening of the event which includes a keynote speech from Nancy Stangle, Emerita Director and co-founder, Athens Land Trust, Georgia and the plenary session ‘Building Equity and Resilience in Vermont Communities’ in the embedded video below or at


White + Burke Vermont Development Conference, November 4th

Posted October 19, 2015

White + Burke is excited to present the second annual Vermont Development Conference on Wednesday, November 4, at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center. Join over 275 development professionals for a full day of networking, seminars, and exhibits. Click here to view the full conference schedule.

Seminars will follow three important tracks:

  • Permitting
  • Finance & Project Economics
  • Design, Construction & the Environment
  • Discover new and critical information regarding legislative changes, design tools, tax credits, and more!

Who is attending:

  • Developers
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Attorneys
  • Contractors
  • Business owners
  • Anyone with a vested interest in commercial development and real estate in Vermont

Register today:



Registration for the VHCB Fall Conference on 10/6 in Burlington Now Open

Posted September 4, 2015

Registration for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board‘s Fall Conference is now open. Read below for more information on the event and how to register:

On October 6, 2015, we’ll convene at the Hilton Burlington for a conference, Envisioning Vermont 2025: Challenges for the Next Decade. Our keynote speaker, Nancy Stangle, is a co-founder and emerita director of one of the original housing and conservation land trusts in the nation, the Athens Land Trust in Georgia. We have planned a full schedule of field trips, workshops, discussions and speakers that should offer something of interest to each of you.

Please visit the conference website to see what’s on tap. Registration is open and you must register by Friday, September 25.

Please pass this on to other people that may want to attend. (If you were forwarded this message from someone and would like to be added to our email list for the conference, you may email

You can email with any questions or call 828-3250.



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