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Monday, April 29
10:00am
Building Healthy Michigan Communities
Time Slot: 10:00 AM Mon 04/29/19

Building Michigan’s Communities: That is what we are all here for. More and more, everyone in our industry is focused on HEALTHY communities. What does that mean? What are industry leaders doing in their every day work to turn their focuses to building healthy communities? This opening session will help answer these questions and more. Come explore the subject further with industry leaders. We’ll address some statistics provided by the Michigan League for Public Policy and hear about what developers and community leaders are doing in their own communities. Join the conversation and be a part of this positive change as we kick off the 2019 Building Michigan Communities Conference.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

1:00pm
Advocating Like a Boss
  • by Joyce Cade-Hitchye
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

We all know that one person can make a difference. The question is; what type of difference do you want to make? Attend this session to find out about the fundamentals of advocacy, like what questions you should ask yourself before you get started and discuss how to be an effective advocate for issues that are important to you.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations


Learning Level: Beginner

Affordable Financing Options for Rural Michigan
  • by Aileen Waldron
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

Finding affordable financing for new construction, existing dwelling purchases or home repairs can be a struggle. Well, look no further, because USDA Rural Development finances home purchases and home improvements at fixed interest rates with no money down. Our Single Family Housing Programs provide a diverse package of loans and grants to help families in rural Michigan. Join us as we discuss these awesome programs!


Target Audience: Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Intermediate

Asset Management For Developers
  • by Amin Irving, Joseph Tandy
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

Good asset management is vital to the ultimate success of any project. What do developers need to know about asset management to ensure fruitful futures for their projects? Learn about how a successful developer works with their management company from goal setting to ongoing communications to reporting. Maximize positive results by learning from those who are doing it well.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers


Learning Level: Intermediate

Avoiding Pitfalls During Construction and Lease Up
  • by Brian Feeney, Chris Jillings
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

Congratulations! You just reached agreement on the final aspects of your pro-forma with the investor group and approvals are in hand. Things are sailing toward closing out the project and the satisfaction that comes with turning the first shovel of dirt at groundbreaking. Mobilizing the project team to begin construction is right around the corner, but in reality started months ago and can have long reaching impacts that span far beyond ribbon cutting. Join us for a conversation on best practices for being prepared for the unexpected during construction, avoiding potential pitfalls, and ensuring that projections become reality for you, your investors, and your community.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers


Learning Level: Intermediate

Bringing Corridor-Based Revitalization to Detroit Neighborhoods
  • by Keona Cowan, Ian Wiesner, Cliff Brown
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

How can we bring the investment that revitalized the Woodward Corridor to neighborhoods in Detroit? Hear from the institutions implementing this strategy on how they are doing it, what lessons were learned from the Woodward Corridor experience and what's different about the neighborhood context. Particular emphasis will be placed on the greater need for affordable housing, how to overcome the lower commercial and residential rents in neighborhoods and neighborhood scale development.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

Capital Needs Assessments - A Breakdown
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

Capital Needs Assessment is an issue everyone faces at some point. Join dialogue with investors, lenders, developers and property managers to learn success strategies and how people have navigated the process with outcomes that are positive for everyone involved.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers


Learning Level: Intermediate

Dream Team for Community Change – Collaborating for Equitable Housing
  • by Dorla Bonner, Charlae M. Davis
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

What happens when four unique and powerful community groups join forces to impact community change? CHANGE! Join the City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan and Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community with funding and support from the Government Alliance for Race and Equity and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights as they share how they worked together to impact equitable housing in Kalamazoo.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

Effective Street Outreach
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

Street outreach is a viable approach to helping our homeless population. Join us in taking your Street Outreach to the next level by sharpening your current skills and contemplate your local impact. Attendees will engage in interactive group discussions while exploring new ideas.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Advanced

Fair Housing and Landlord-Tenant Law
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

This session provides an overview of fair housing and landlord-tenant law. The fair housing component covers: the Fair Housing Act, reasonable accommodations or modifications in housing and current issues in fair housing. The landlord-tenant component covers: application denials, the eviction process, security deposit returns and repair concerns. Participants should walk away from this session with a general understanding of both areas of law and are encouraged to ask questions and answer hypothetical questions throughout it.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

How to Increase Communication and Collaboration Between DV and Homeless Programs in Your Community
  • by Valerie Hoffman, Karen Porter, Vera Beech, Jen Baker, Tom Cottrell, Rachel Farley
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

The purpose of the workshop is to increase collaboration and communication between Domestic Violence Shelters and General Population Homeless Providers. Using a panel of homeless and domestic violence shelter providers; topics will include defining terms specific to each program, understanding program restrictions, discussing how our programs are more similar than different and exploring collaborative opportunities.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

Moving Coordinated Entry To a New Level
  • by Gerry Leslie, Jesica Vail, Mercedes Brown
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

In Michigan, the Housing Assessment and Resource Agency (HARA) has often become synonymous with Coordinated Entry—learn why that is incorrect and what it requires from the broader community working to end homelessness. The new guidance from HUD in the Coordinated Entry Management and Data Guide has elements that will be required by all communities. Learn how this guidance should inform adjustments to your community’s Coordinated Entry System.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

MSHDA's Homeownership Programs - Delivering the Dream to Michigan Families
  • by Darren Montreuil
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

An overview of MSHDA mortgage products (MI Home Loan, MI Home Flex, Michigan Down Payment), the Mortgage Credit Certificate (a federal homebuyer tax credit), Homeownership Education services, and the Step Forward Michigan program.


Target Audience: Single Family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

SHAPE Continuum: Realigning Existing Community Resources to Improve Post-secondary Achievement
  • by Brian Rakovitis, Justin Sheehan, Whitney Anderson-Harrell
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

The SHAPE Continuum brings together Lansing SAVE, H.O.P.E scholarship, College Access Network, Promise Zone, and Financial Empowerment Center to create a continuum of care for academic and financial success within the City of Lansing. SHAPE is a conceptual framework that aligns each organization’s mission into one model to improve student outcomes without creating new programming or utilizing additional funds.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

Solutions to Improve Housing for Persons with Disabilities
  • by Clint Todd, Devon Day, Thomas Zmolek
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

Learn about funding opportunities to help house persons with disabilities, homeless, vulnerable populations, low-moderate income families and seniors. Hear from MOKA Corporation, a nonprofit agency serving persons with disabilities in western Michigan, and their local community bank, Community Shores Bank, about their experience using the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) to improve MOKA’s housing stock. Leave with key takeaways on how to partner with your local lender to utilize AHP for your next housing project.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders


Learning Level: Intermediate

The Impact of Community Stabilization in Michigan: NCST at 10 Years
  • by Chris Garland
Time Slot: 01:00 PM Mon 04/29/19

This session takes a deep dive into Michigan’s city and regional housing markets over the past 10 years and explores after effects and, in some cases, continued effects of the housing crisis, specifically in Detroit, the Detroit Metropolitan Region, and Flint. The National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST), celebrating its 10th Anniversary partnering with community agencies to restore vacant and abandoned properties to productive use and protect neighborhoods from blight, will share its wealth of data.


Target Audience: Single Family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

2:30pm
Attention All Developers
  • by Dawn Ford
Time Slot: 02:30 PM Mon 04/29/19

Learn what’s new or get left behind. Seriously, we mean it. The next time someone asks you “what’s new” your mind should start racing to new industry items for developers, such as google fiber, IOT (Internet of Things), and online application processes for affordable communities and amenities that affordable residents actually want. Lucky for you, Smart Apartment Solutions has created a class that will help you grasp and get ahead of these new concepts.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers


Learning Level: Intermediate

Combating Elder Abuse in Your Area
  • by Melissa Machac
Time Slot: 02:30 PM Mon 04/29/19

This session is the first of a two-part train-the-trainer series that aims to have other agencies present this information to their communities. The emphasis is on learning the content of elder abuse (definition, categories, indicators, demographics, contributing factors, barriers, resources) with the goal of preventing it at your organization. The second part is a free event at your agency’s location and includes agency-specific instruction on how to present this information to the community.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

Community Reinvestment Act - A Better Understanding
  • by Paul Ginger, Marge Novak
Time Slot: 02:30 PM Mon 04/29/19

Community Reinvestment Act - A Better Understanding" The Community Reinvestment Act was enacted in 1977 with the intent of encouraging banks to help meet the credit needs of the communities they serve. The subject is complex and compliance can be challenging. In this session, we will explore how CRA relates to affordable housing and community development. Find out what pertains to you and your success in community and affordable housing development.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers


Learning Level: Beginner

Developing a Rural Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Time Slot: 02:30 PM Mon 04/29/19

Rural economic development often requires different approaches for long-term success. Entrepreneurial development, coupled with a regional approach, offers a path to enhancing community vitality by capitalizing on local and regional assets in a purposeful manner. This presentation provides strategies to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem that capitalizes on regional economic strengths in rural settings.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

Development and Asset Management Relationship Counseling
Time Slot: 02:30 PM Mon 04/29/19

Development and Asset Management don’t always see eye-to-eye. Join us for a playful ‘counseling session’ that will marry together representatives from the Development and Asset Management perspectives and explore their different approaches and thinking around deal underwriting and operational issues.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers


Learning Level: Intermediate

Hey You! 9 DIY Ways to Improve Advocacy and Engagement in a Noisy World
  • by Matthew Schoenherr, Misty Miller
Time Slot: 02:30 PM Mon 04/29/19

Communicators unite! Cutting through the noise in today’s data-rich, information-poor world is not only growing harder, but becoming more vital. You have three approaches to telling your story: do nothing, do it yourself or get help. In this interactive workshop, delve into the public relations and marketing challenges facing housing organizations and find your voice. While our PowerPoint may be bullet-free, we promise you will leave loaded with many ideas for advancing your outreach.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations


Learning Level: Beginner

Housing is EVERYTHING: Advocating for Better Policies in Michigan
Time Slot: 02:30 PM Mon 04/29/19

We are in an affordable housing crisis. There is not a single county in Michigan where someone working full time at minimum wage can afford a 1-bedroom rental. Over 63,000 individuals experienced homelessness in 2017 with countless others at-risk of losing their home. Michigan needs solutions to better serve this vulnerable population. Learn how advocates are taking this message all the way from the local level to Washington DC and how you can become involved.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

How to Handle the Biggest Change in Credit Score History
  • by Dave Sullivan
Time Slot: 02:30 PM Mon 04/29/19

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac are about to adopt the latest scoring models including for the first time Vantage Score! In this class, you will learn the factors that these new scores focus on. If you have a credit score or help people improve their credit don't miss this class! We will be covering the new way to handle installment loans, why it is important to stop paying credit cards on the due date and more!


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Realtors


Learning Level: Intermediate

Serving People Where They Are: The Philosophy and Purpose of Street Medicine
  • by Graham Atkin, Codi Alexis Sharp, Brianne Feldpausch, Danielle Lepar
Time Slot: 02:30 PM Mon 04/29/19

Street Medicine is a growing international movement to bring healthcare directly to people who are unsheltered homeless through a person-centered approach to overcome socioeconomic barriers to care and meet the unique needs of each patient. The Spartan Street Medicine (SSM) team works with Lansing community partners to bring medical services directly to people who are experiencing homelessness and connects them with primary care. This session will provide an opportunity to learn more about Street Medicine and efforts to bring this practice to Michigan communities.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers


Learning Level: Intermediate

Telling your Community Development Stories with Story Maps
Time Slot: 02:30 PM Mon 04/29/19

The use of data-driven story maps has been increasingly popular in effectively narrating the stories of communities. Explore how communities have utilized story maps to illustrate data and tell their community development stories to capitalize on emerging opportunities.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

The 2018 Michigan Housing Needs Assessment: 1st study in 10 years
  • by David Allen
Time Slot: 02:30 PM Mon 04/29/19

For the first time since 2007, MSHDA has conducted a statewide housing needs assessment. This presentation will discuss its major conclusions, and show both statewide and regional trends through the use of a set of 386 local markets. We will also show interested parties how to access the report and data on the Office of Market Research's web page.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Intermediate

Tuesday, April 30
8:30am
Capital and Philanthropic Support for Homeownership: Cinnaire/ CHN Detroit year 16 Initiative
  • by Kevin Nowak, Yulonda Byrd, Lucius Vassar
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 04/30/19

Join Cinnaire’s Josh Ghena and Kevin Nowak from CHN as they discuss CHN's nationally acclaimed homeownership conversion model and how these organizations implemented their special skill sets in Detroit. The model will be applied to similar developments throughout the state.


Target Audience: Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Intermediate

Debt Options for Affordable Housing Developments
  • by Jack Bernhard, Tom Edmiston, Stephanie Socall, John Hundt, David Wilkins
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 04/30/19

This panel will feature experienced lenders from the public and private sectors who will discuss the current debt options in the marketplace to finance affordable housing developments. The presentation will include examples of financing for all short- and long-term development stages including pre-development, construction and stabilization.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

Displacement Through the Lens of Social and Economic Impact
  • by Linda Campbell, Amina Kirk
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 04/30/19

Displacement is commonly associated with gentrification in communities and is often viewed as an inevitable consequence of economic development. This session will review assumptions associated with displacement and consider strategies for rethinking how practitioners and those most impacted can advocate for more equitable models of development.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

Health, Safety, and Energy Affordability: The Energy Waste Reduction Low Income Workgroup
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 04/30/19

The Michigan Public Service Commission Energy Waste reduction Low Income Workgroup: a panel discussion of the stakeholder collaboration on projects and deliverables, the challenges and barriers to promote healthy, safe, and affordable housing for low income residents through Energy Waste Reduction programs.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

Need Good Tenants? Housing Counseling Agencies Can Help!
  • by Dannielle Laura, Shannon Bonesteel, Madeline Jaks
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 04/30/19

If you work with tenants and struggle with late rent payments, lease violations, evictions, and unpaid judgments - you’re in luck! In this session, you’ll learn how your local HUD Local Housing Counseling Agency (LHCA) helps renters become quality tenants who pay on time and understand their responsibilities. You’ll also learn how to best collaborate with your LHCA to reduce turnover costs and spend less time resolving tenant issues.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations


Learning Level: Beginner

People, Money & the Future: Sparking Prosperity for Everyone Part I
  • by Robert Friedman, Trina Shanks, William Elliott
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 04/30/19

The majority of Americans do not have a few thousand dollars to weather an unexpected illness, job loss, or accident. Most Americans, including 80% of people of color, are locked out of the mainstream economy. Without a nest egg most cannot invest in and save for their future. In this two-part session, longtime leaders will discuss how we can—and we should—do better.


Target Audience: Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

Syndicator Panel
  • by Marge Novak, Daniel Kierce, Bruce Sorota, Rachel Rhodes
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 04/30/19

Tax credit investors who are active in the Michigan housing tax credit equity market will share their perspectives. Panelists will discuss what investors are looking for in future housing investments and their outlooks for the program in 2019.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers


Learning Level: Intermediate

The Development Process
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 04/30/19

Mark McDaniel walks through the entire project development process step by step.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers


Learning Level: Beginner

What is the Balance of State, Anyway?: How Michigan’s Rural Communities are Ending Homelessness
  • by Christina Soulard, Tina Allen
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 04/30/19

Michigan’s Balance of State Continuum of Care (BoS CoC) represents 59 of the State’s 83 counties, bringing over $9 million of HUD CoC Program funding to Michigan’s rural communities. But how does that work – really? Join BoS CoC staff and leadership to hear about the strategies applied to increase the impact on Michigan’s rural homelessness and come away with practical ideas for application in your own CoC.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

10:00am
A Housing Study in Midland County We Can All Learn From
  • by Jennifer Chappel, Grant Murschel
Time Slot: 10:00 AM Tue 04/30/19

Have you ever started a project with one idea, and ended up with something completely different? That's what happened in Midland County. Learn how the Midland County Habitat for Humanity, City of Midland Planning Department, Midland Area Homes and the United Way of Midland County collaborated on an important study to identify a solid plan that addresses identified needs in the community. Walk through the process with us from start to finish and find out what we learned along the way.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Intermediate

Bridges Out of Poverty
  • by Katena Cain
Time Slot: 10:00 AM Tue 04/30/19

Bridges Out of Poverty is a powerful tool designed specifically for social, health and legal services professionals. This research-based framework of concepts, tools and resources help professional service providers reconsider how they approach people in poverty, their neighbors and their community. Our session offers an overview to help you think critically about your role to comprehensively address poverty.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

Creating Solutions to Improve Margins While Preserving Affordable Housing
  • by Matt Hollander, Brett Little, Tim Skrotzki, Evy Zwiebach
Time Slot: 10:00 AM Tue 04/30/19

An improving economy and real estate market have boosted investment opportunities. This has put pressure on the industry to improve margins to assure the preservation of affordable multifamily housing. We will discuss techniques for LIHTC QAP and best practices to improve margins through predevelopment planning and smart ongoing operations and maintenance. Our panel will discuss how owners of multifamily affordable housing stabilize operating costs, decrease energy and water use and provide higher quality of life.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders


Learning Level: Intermediate

ELEVATE(ing) Small Businesses One Grant at a Time
  • by Gabriel Craig, David Watkins, Rori Chaney
Time Slot: 10:00 AM Tue 04/30/19

Learn about a new grant program helping small businesses elevate to the next level. Hear firsthand how Smith Shop, LLC, a small business, worked with their local community bank to apply and receive an Elevate – Small Business grant offered through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. Leave with key takeaways about the Elevate program and application process to help support small businesses and build partnerships with local community lenders.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

HandUp: Fulfilling Client Gap Needs Through Community Support
  • by Max Glick, Jenny Poma
Time Slot: 10:00 AM Tue 04/30/19

HandUp, owned and operated by the South Oakland Shelter, is an online direct giving platform providing resources for people experiencing homelessness and poverty, to meet service gaps not covered by traditional funding sources. This session will outline how organizations throughout the United States have been able to successfully raise nearly $3 million in support of their clients and why HandUp is a useful tool to engage the community in combating homelessness.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

How Do You Make Change? Steps in the Community to Increase Your Performance?
  • by Gerry Leslie, Kittie Tuinstra
Time Slot: 10:00 AM Tue 04/30/19

This session will focus on the outcomes and systems measures that providers and communities will use to evaluate the efficacy of their service delivery.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Advanced

Mixing it up with Mixed-use and Mixed-Income Properties
Time Slot: 10:00 AM Tue 04/30/19

Mixed-use and mixed-income developments are increasingly popular and can be a wise investment for commercial real estate investors and developers. By combining different asset classes within one site, the entire development is better equipped to weather the storm if one facet of the real estate market suffers a downturn. Let's take a look at how best to structure this type of development, what works well and not so well.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Intermediate

People, Money & the Future: Sparking Prosperity for Everyone Part II
  • by Robert Friedman, Trina Shanks, William Elliott
Time Slot: 10:00 AM Tue 04/30/19

The majority of Americans do not have a few thousand dollars to weather an unexpected illness, job loss, or accident. Most Americans, including 80% of people of color, are locked out of the mainstream economy. Without a nest egg most cannot invest in and save for their future. In this two-part session, longtime leaders in asset building will discuss how we can—and we should—do better.


Target Audience: Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

The Opportunity in Opportunity Zones: All the Details About the New Development Incentive
  • by Valerie Grunduski, Vicki Mincey, Karen Gagnon
Time Slot: 10:00 AM Tue 04/30/19

Sometimes noted as the “silver lining” in recent tax reform legislation, Opportunity Zones provide new tax benefits for equity investments in real estate and business located in designated distressed communities. Hear from a set of panelists who have been engaged with Opportunity Zones to learn how these deals can be structured, gain clarity on process, understand the various players, and gain an appreciation for the benefits to both the investor and the property. Our panel will also discuss compliance requirements as well as how different organizations/stakeholders are taking part in building this new investment ecosystem.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

The Porch Project: Supporting Resident-Led Initiatives on Flint’s Eastside Through Partnerships
  • by Megan Heyza, Rebecca Tonietto, Kris Johns
Time Slot: 10:00 AM Tue 04/30/19

The Porch Project is a community-led partnership between the Eastside Improvement Association (EIA) of Flint and University of Michigan-Flint combining porch repairs and planting flower beds to promote “neighborliness” in Flint’s eastside. The resident-led project leveraged funding resources from a partnership with a UM-Flint professor interested in an ecological research question that fit within the framework of EIA’s goals. The Project grew through neighborhood visibility and technical assistance provided by a UM-Flint staff.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

Using “Design Thinking” and Collaboration to Transform Communities
  • by Holly Madill, Harmony Gmazel
Time Slot: 10:00 AM Tue 04/30/19

In this interactive, hands-on and case study-based session, learn how to apply the Charrette approach to break down barriers in complicated and heated community settings. This method uses collaborative design-thinking to activate the creative potential of all stakeholders by embedding them in the design process to co-create a transformative plan or policy. This unique public engagement approach is highly adaptable to many public situations involving large diverse groups and is suitable for all ages.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

1:30pm
Congratulations, Your First LIHTC Award! Gulp...Now What?!
Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 04/30/19

You've just been awarded your first LIHTC award....Congratulations! And buckle up! You are in for a roller coaster ride of new experiences. We'd like to share tips and tricks from our first LIHTC award experience with you. We hope hearing about our journey will inspire you to help increase affordable housing.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations


Learning Level: Beginner

Creating and Sustaining Ecosystems for Disenfranchised Populations
  • by Phaedra Wainaina
Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 04/30/19

When we imagine ecosystems, we tend to go back to memories of 7th grade science fair projects more than thinking of the complex cultural webs that exist for many of our disenfranchised neighbors. This session examines how to create a cultural ecosystem that supports socioeconomic creativity and sustainability in traditionally disenfranchised educational settings.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

FHA Financing Options
Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 04/30/19

HUD production staff will discuss the various financing tools available and answer questions.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers


Learning Level: Beginner

Identifying Pulse Points for LIHTC Deals
Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 04/30/19

The LIHTC industry provides a wide spectrum of types of affordable housing – from austere and functional to highly sophisticated and transformative. Learn and understand the nuances of each, working through the seven main pulse points of strong deals that will help you distinguish between winning and losing. You’ll learn what best suits stakeholders – HFAs, lenders, syndicators, communities, and soft funders – and how to weave together a story that resonates.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers


Learning Level: Beginner

MSHDA Housing Choice Voucher Programs (TBV&PBV) and HUD Section 811 Rental Assistance Program
  • by Ann Mueller, Catherine Sheets, Kathy French
Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 04/30/19

MSHDA offers both tenant-based and project based vouchers to eligible participants and developments. How do I access this resource and what are the requirements will be discussed. There will also be a Q&A session for the HUD Section 811 program for existing grantees as well as new and existing grantees.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations


Learning Level: Beginner

MSHDA’s Key to Own Homeownership Voucher Program
  • by Lisa Lehman
Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 04/30/19

Use the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher to move from renting to owning your own home! Learn how MSHDA has been successful in leading the Voucher Participants to economic self-sufficiency and homeownership through their nationally recognized program. The Key Own Homeownership Program is one of the top programs in the nation in changing the lives of our citizens here in Michigan.


Target Audience: Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

MSHMIS Round Table
  • by Gerry Leslie
Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 04/30/19

The MSHMIS Round Table session will be an opportunity for users, agency administrators and system administrators from throughout Michigan to interact with MCAH staff to learn the latest about what is happening with the statewide Homeless Management Information System, to understand what is coming, and to give feedback to MCAH staff about what is working locally and how MCAH can better support participants.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers


Learning Level: Intermediate

Neighborhood Innovation Impact and Opportunities
  • by Brian Boyle
Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 04/30/19

IMG and NEI will present the Detroit Innovation series and introduce a speaker featured in the series to talk about their project. The panelists will then join in conversation about the impact of neighborhood innovation, and the tools, resources, and opportunities available to create an ecosystem that support such efforts. They will also discuss how media coverage of neighborhood innovation and revitalization efforts has an impact on perception, success, and building community.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

Preparing, Closing, Retaining - The Lifecycle of Sustainable Homeownership
  • by Doug Ryan, Krysta Pate, Dan Lynch
Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 04/30/19

Practitioners and experts on homeownership will discuss best practices in each of the three stages of homeownership: preparing, closing and retaining. We’ll explore savings and counseling strategies for new buyers, and approaches to expanding and accessing starter homes and first mortgages. We’ll also explore the final stage – sustaining homeownership through new savings tools and good loan servicing.


Target Audience: Single Family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Intermediate

Speak Out Presents “Voices Of Ozone House” / The Homeless Youth Experience
  • by Dawn Espy
Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 04/30/19

Voices of Ozone is a theatrical piece that uses performance to advocate for changes in policy for at-risk youth and inspire conversation. The community at large benefits from viewing the show: it reaches policy makers, social workers, teachers, parents, young people, etc. After the show the audience is invited to have a dialogue with the youth actors (speak out members).


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

Strategies to Manage Rising Construction Costs
  • by Brian McDonnell, Rob Gustafson, David Cooper, Chad White, Scott Page
Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 04/30/19

Rising construction costs are a significant challenge for the affordable housing industry. This session will set the stage for why construction costs are rising and offer specific examples. Successful strategies for managing rising costs will be shared including timing of cost estimates, value engineering, scheduling issues, VI , and a look at problems and solutions comparing in-house GC vs. third party GC. We'll also provide a look toward the future of construction costs.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Intermediate

What Does it Take to Make Ends Meet? The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Michigan
  • by Kait Skwir, Phil Knight
Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 04/30/19

What does it take to cover basic needs in Michigan? The answer to this question varies widely, but one factor remains the same- the current measures in place grossly underestimate what a household needs to survive. The Self-Sufficiency Standard takes a deep dive into wages needed cover expenses by budget category, and looks at available work supports that help a household achieve self-sufficiency. The study explores over 700 household compositions, in every county in Michigan.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

3:00pm
Advancing Rural Homeownership
  • by Doug Ryan, Kris Brady, Karen Emerson
Time Slot: 03:00 PM Tue 04/30/19

Rural communities face housing and homeownership challenges that are at once similar and very different from those in urban and suburban markets. Housing availability, housing age, condition and maintenance costs are prevalent factors. This session will explore these challenges and dig into the programs, policies and tools that address them.


Target Audience: Single Family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Intermediate

Bridging the Gap: Sources for Completing the Capital Stack for Affordable Housing
Time Slot: 03:00 PM Tue 04/30/19

Capital Impact Partners, Cinnaire, Lisc and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis each provide gap funding for the development or preservation of affordable rental housing. Join our panelists to discover capital sources you may not have known are available throughout the development cycle, including (but not limited to) the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) and Detroit's new Affordable Housing Leverage Fund (AHLF). Learn the best practices for applying for scarce gap funding and explore case studies of the financing in action.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers


Learning Level: Beginner

Doing Your Environmental Due Diligence
Time Slot: 03:00 PM Tue 04/30/19

How do you know what you don't know? Attend this session to learn how a seemingly routine Phase I Environmental Site Assessment can stall a MSHDA application if your consultant is not proficient with NEPA, SHPO, Phase II ESAs, asbestos and lead paint, mold and radon, vapor intrusion, noise attenuation, blast/explosion/fire mitigation, wetlands, floodplains and other impactful issues. You'll leave this session better prepared and ready for your next site assessment!


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

For More Than Profit: New Ways For Building Small Businesses
Time Slot: 03:00 PM Tue 04/30/19

Cooperatives, for-profit / nonprofit hybrids, L3Cs. In today's small business landscape, one can choose from a variety of alternative corporate structures. But, what do these designations actually mean? How will they affect company operations, and, more importantly, how will they impact the community? Join us as we uncover some of the legal ins and outs of these corporate forms and go through real-life case studies to learn more about this emerging field.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

Going Beyond the Surface: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • by Alfredo Hernandez
Time Slot: 03:00 PM Tue 04/30/19

What is the difference between equity and equality? How does implicit bias impact us, the work we do and the people we serve? Participants will gain an understanding of how systems create inequities and learn how physical and social factors contribute to the formation of unconscious biases. Participants will also explore through experiential learning activities how cultural messages contribute to the formation of cultural biases. Debiasing strategies and tools to implement equity throughout the decision making process will be briefly discussed.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

Home, Together: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness
  • by Beverley Ebersold
Time Slot: 03:00 PM Tue 04/30/19

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has updated its federal plan, which frames the federal approach to homelessness moving forward. Attendees will be briefed on the changes, what they are likely to mean to communities, and how to use the new plan to build support for ending homelessness locally.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

Less Work and More Success: Family Self-Sufficiency & Client Management Tips and Tricks
  • by Shannon Bonesteel, Lindsay Westin, Suzanne Eman-Jaehnig
Time Slot: 03:00 PM Tue 04/30/19

Are you an FSS Resource Coordinator or other program case manager struggling to get clients to meetings and make progress toward their goals while drowning in administrative duties? Do you want to increase client success, earn more FSS bonuses, and improve outcomes? Then this is the workshop for you! Together we will practice innovative and creative techniques to empower clients, increase show rates, reduce time spent on file management, and much more!


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations


Learning Level: Intermediate

Leverage Your Story - Building the Case for Support
  • by Sharon Castle
Time Slot: 03:00 PM Tue 04/30/19

Whether embarking on a capital campaign or raising funds for your annual campaign, EVERY nonprofit should have a case for support (CFS). Your CFS provides your organization’s mission and history. It communicates the community need and how your organization responds to the need. And it presents the vision for the future and how the gifts of current and prospective donors create hope for the future.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations


Learning Level: Intermediate

Managing Cost Overruns Without Sacrificing Quality or Style
Time Slot: 03:00 PM Tue 04/30/19

Costs related to construction have been increasing over the past couple of years. The panel will discuss ways to lower construction costs at the deal level.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers


Learning Level: Beginner

The Housing Story of Homes For Autism
  • by William Schramm
Time Slot: 03:00 PM Tue 04/30/19

For 25 years, Homes for Autism has existed to help people with autism achieve their best and to live and grow towards a better quality of life. The housing story shared at this session will describe how relationships with MSHDA, Habitat for Humanity, a local church and a lending institution worked together to achieve this goal. Also included will be discussion as a nonprofit and local taxing authorities.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

Wednesday, May 1
8:30am
Asset Management: A Dialogue with HUD Staff
  • by Juan Cruz, Josh Osborne, Denise Williams
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/01/19

Asset management staff from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development will focus on the refinancing of Section 202 property and talk about the ins and outs of the RAD Program.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers


Learning Level: Beginner

Bringing It All Together in One County: Education, Training and Community
  • by Lisa Evans
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/01/19

Education, Training and Community (ETC) - true integration. Join community stakeholders from Allegan County as they discuss their strategy for integrating education, training, and community development to create outcomes for their community. Plus, learn more about the Dual Community Development Program, an initiative that leverages ETC as a response to the skilled trades and affordable housing deficit. Take away key strategies that will empower your community!


Target Audience: Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

Continuum of Care Program Monitoring
  • by Mark Sorbo
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/01/19

This session will cover the activities, roles, and responsibilities associated with monitoring and evaluation of Continuum of Care grants throughout the grant period of performance.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

Fair Housing and HUD Equal Access: Nondiscrimination Practices within Homeless Services
  • by Stephanie Oles, Tiffany King, David Long, Jacob Beach
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/01/19

Homeless service agencies looking for information on nondiscrimination practices within the framework of Fair Housing and the HUD Equal Access policy should attend this session. New federal policy dictates required changes to be made within CoCs, shelters and other provider sites to be compliant. Learn how shelters, HARAs, drop-in centers, permanent housing programs, and all diverse homeless services can improve equitable access and care.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers


Learning Level: Beginner

How Local Journalism Intersects with Neighborhood Development and Attachment to Place
  • by Paul Schutt
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/01/19

Issue Media Group will present our embedded journalism project called On The Ground, a program designed to cover communities who are often left out of the narrative by mainstream media. With On The Ground, Issue Media Group hopes to raise up resident voices and address issues facing communities across the country through stories and engagement.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

LIHTC 101
  • by Michelle Foster
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/01/19

LIHTC 101 will be an introductory dive into the field of affordable housing finance with a focus on how a tax credit award can help your development kick off in the right direction. This session will introduce the different types of LIHTC, the different players, and the strategies taken to drive deals through completion.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers


Learning Level: Beginner

Small Dollar Lending as a Social Enterprise: Bringing the Community Loan Center to Michigan
  • by Matt Hull
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/01/19

Many low-income families are unable to obtain conventional credit and rely on payday and auto-title lenders that come with predatory interest rates for small loans. This session will look at an alternative option working in 10 states that has provided more than 40,000 small dollar loans by allowing local nonprofits to serve as the lender. Learn how you can bring The Community Loan Center to your area.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders


Learning Level: Advanced

Storytelling, Social & You: Creating Captivating Content
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/01/19

This lively workshop will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn how to better connect with donors, influencers and elected officials through the art of storytelling. Participants will also learn how to create social content that engages a targeted audience across digital media platforms, develop an internal storytelling culture and how to create social ambassadors to share the organization’s mission and cause.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations


Learning Level: Beginner

The Use of Trauma Informed Care with At Risk Populations
  • by Eli DeHope
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/01/19

Trauma Informed Care is a framework that recognizes the multidimensional impact of trauma. This methodology is a universal precautions approach that is designed to be both preventative and rehabilitative in nature. This session defines Trauma Informed Care and how it is a great care structure for professionals and organizations to use when working with at-risk populations.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations


Learning Level: Beginner

Understanding and Improving Your Credit - Getting Ready for Home Ownership
  • by Tina Williams, Lance Petway
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/01/19

Learn nuts and bolts techniques that you can implement immediately to improve your credit score and how to understand how credit works including why understanding and improving credit is important, credit reporting rules and regulations, learn about the four various scores and how they are different, including an opportunity to analyze a credit report in class.


Target Audience: Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

USDA Rural Development: Its’s Not Just Our Name!
  • by Aileen Waldron
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/01/19

USDA Rural Development: it’s not just our name, it’s what we do, we finance all types of development in rural Michigan! With over 40 loan and grant programs available to help finance the needs of rural Michiganians, we truly touch all aspects of life. Join us as we discuss the types of projects that are eligible as well as the criteria necessary to secure the financing needed to bring your project to fruition.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

Workforce Development— Skilled Trades Programs in Michigan
  • by Nancy Finegood, Leisa Williams-Swedberg, Emily Reyst
Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/01/19

We know there is a shortage of skilled trades workers in Michigan, so what can we do about it? One Lansing-based program, Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) offers an accelerated Apprenticeship Readiness program in an effort to promote better lives for women through skilled trades. The Michigan Historic Preservation Network's Living Trades Academy, a Detroit-based program, trains participants on traditional building skills with a focus on historic preservation. Learn how these two programs started, how they're helping the community, as well as hear from a participant who went through the Living Trades Academy program!


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff

9:45am
Creating Art From Stories of Homelessness
Time Slot: 09:45 AM Wed 05/01/19

Personal stories of homelessness illuminate the pain, fear and struggles faced by individuals in some of their darkest moments. They also showcase bravery, fortitude and victory. Join us to hear these stories in a new format as they are accompanied by Michigan State University students and faculty in spoken word art, and to learn about ways that your community can engage in creative storytelling and collaboration with community partners.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers


Learning Level: Beginner

Ending Structural Abandonment and Blight in Our Communities
  • by Rex LaMore
Time Slot: 09:45 AM Wed 05/01/19

Come together to discuss current policies and practices that can lead to the creation of a circular structural economy in communities experiencing blight and abandonment. Participants will learn about what communities can do to end structural abandonment, encourage material salvage and create jobs in the salvage and reuse sectors of our most distressed communities. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss innovative policies and practices that create a sustainable built environment future.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Advanced

Growing Inclusive Neighborhoods: Building on Strength, Mixed Income Housing, and Removing Blight
  • by Sonya Mays, Michael Appel, September Hargrove, Steven Harris
Time Slot: 09:45 AM Wed 05/01/19

Develop Detroit will describe its approach and progress in working with local stakeholders to energize several blocks of Detroit’s North End neighborhood. By preserving historic resources, acquiring apartment buildings at risk of gentrification, building new mixed income apartments, and initiating a homebuilding program of both rehabilitation and infill homes, Develop Detroit is preserving tenancies and affordability while bringing new residents and investment to this historically vibrant neighborhood, resulting in a model of inclusion and growth.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Intermediate

Integrating Sustainability (Green and Modular) in New Construction
  • by Steve Hassevort, Kelly Clarke
Time Slot: 09:45 AM Wed 05/01/19

Hear firsthand from an architect, builder and local leaders on what worked well and offers promise and what methods sound snazzy but may have less practical benefit in the area of sustainable and green building for homeownership.


Target Audience: Single Family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Advanced

LGBTQ+ Sensitivity and Inclusion in Housing and Homelessness Services
Time Slot: 09:45 AM Wed 05/01/19

This session covers basics of LGBTQ+ terminology, principles and practices of inclusion and special considerations for the LGBTQ+ community's housing needs, including best practices for organization policy and how staff can create affirming programs and services. Lilianna Angel Reyes of the Ruth Ellis Center, a trans Latina woman and public administration graduate of the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, has extensive history working with marginalized populations including people of color, women, LGBTQ communities and HIV positive communities. Her session is interactive and will provide you with action items to implement at your organization.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Local Government Officials or Staff,Lenders,Multi-family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Single Family Developers,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

LIHTC 201
  • by Stephanie Dhar
Time Slot: 09:45 AM Wed 05/01/19

A further look into the field of affordable housing with a focus on expanding the discussion to include a deeper understanding around the development process and all of its intricacies. This session will go into detail around numerous financing options, the real estate market, and the various support systems that define the field of affordable housing.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers


Learning Level: Beginner

Neighborhood Opportunities
  • by Tonya Young
Time Slot: 09:45 AM Wed 05/01/19

How is a neighborhood defined? How can the State assist to improve the quality of life within the neighborhood via housing enhancements? If you, your community leaders, or neighborhood champions have been asking these question either through planning or implementation engagements then this is the session for you! Come join us for an interactive and engaging discussion on how to make local visions a reality via strategic collaborations and partnerships to identify and target resources.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

Recuperative Shelters-Accessing Health and a Pathway Home
Time Slot: 09:45 AM Wed 05/01/19

Medical respite shelters are a great way for those experiencing homelessness to rehabilitate from injury, illness, surgery or chronic health condition in a safe, clean environment with connection to resources to resolve homelessness and reduce unnecessary trips to the hospital emergency department. A nuts and bolts approach to learn what it takes to launch this specialty shelter in your community.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

Responsibilities and Resources for Section 106 Applicants
  • by Brian Grennell, Stacy Tchorzynski, Katie Kolokithas
Time Slot: 09:45 AM Wed 05/01/19

Whether you are new to the National Historic Preservation Act or are an experienced applicant, join us to learn insider tips for success. This session is a crash course in the submission of successful Section 106 applications. Learn the roles and responsibilities of the various consulting parties and understand the expectations for identifying historic properties and determining effects.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

Veterans Affordable Housing
Time Slot: 09:45 AM Wed 05/01/19

Do you work with veterans? Want the latest info on local housing programs that can help them? State and national representatives will be ready to answer your questions and provide information on best practices in securing affordable housing for veterans.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers


Learning Level: Beginner

11:00am
Foundations of Board Governance
  • by Tom Williams
Time Slot: 11:00 AM Wed 05/01/19

Nonprofit boards have the ultimate responsibility and accountability for the organizations they lead. Does every member of your board understand their legal obligations, basic responsibilities, and duties? We will address current trends, challenges, and climates for organizations in 2019.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

Historic Tax Credits - After the Dust Settles
  • by Ken Beall, Rob Edwards , Gary Scheuren
Time Slot: 11:00 AM Wed 05/01/19

This session will examine legislative changes to the historic tax credit program impacting a combined HTC/LIHTC development, including the impact of such changes to the economics and structuring of such developments. The presentation will explain options to develop LIHTC/HTC projects including illustrative diagrams and the +/- associated with each option with real world experiences. To the extent state tax credits have been reinstituted, we will discuss the options for incorporating such credits.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders


Learning Level: Intermediate

LIHTC 301
  • by Ben Stehouwer
Time Slot: 11:00 AM Wed 05/01/19

LIHTC 301 will take an advanced look at the field of affordable housing and incite discussion around the ever changing market. This session will cover 704(b) issues, eligible basis issues, minimum gain, maximizing first year credits, year 15 and early exits, and the changes in Michigan's QAP regarding incoming averaging.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers


Learning Level: Beginner

Michigan Brownfield Redevelopment: Challenges, Solutions, and Funding
  • by Ryan Londrigan, Dan Gough
Time Slot: 11:00 AM Wed 05/01/19

Building affordable housing on brownfield properties can seem like a daunting task. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Brownfield program will show you how to overcome the hurdles associated with redeveloping contaminated properties. Learn what steps to take, the right questions to ask when evaluating a brownfield property, and what types of properties and activities are eligible for Michigan brownfield financial incentives.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff,Realtors


Learning Level: Intermediate

Not Another Resource Guide: Using Technology to Increase Community Collaboration
Time Slot: 11:00 AM Wed 05/01/19

Not another resource guide: learn how to create an on-line community for advocates, case managers and social workers that allows instant communication between community advocates to share resources and knowledge. Builds relationships and support networks. Increases collaboration between front-line staff from various agencies. Reduces time spent tracking down available resources. And allows for warm referrals between agencies.


Target Audience: Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

Red Flags When Buying a Home: Through the Home Inspector's Lense
Time Slot: 11:00 AM Wed 05/01/19

RED FLAGS: the most expensive issues to watch out for when buying,maintaining or rehabbing a home!


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Realtors


Learning Level: Beginner

Revitalizing Communities through Engaged Public Spaces
  • by Josh Holliday
Time Slot: 11:00 AM Wed 05/01/19

Place matters, and authentic, unique and vibrant places attract talent, investment and creativity. In this session, Josh Holliday will discuss how actively engaged public spaces are revitalizing communities, driving economic development activities and supporting the growth of towns across the world. It is essential for communities to showcase their most critical assets in a constantly competing world to establish a sense of pride amongst residents and visitors.


Target Audience: Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff

Strengthening Commercial Corridors Through Design
Time Slot: 11:00 AM Wed 05/01/19

As the stewards of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, Design Core believes strongly in the power of design to create more authentic, inclusive and interesting spaces in community business districts. This session will introduce participants to the Design Guide for Neighborhood Business, a practical resource for understanding and working with a variety of professional designers to bring brick and mortar businesses to life. Subjects include brand identity, digital assets, and the built environment. Participants will complete a mood board, to better understand the design process.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

Systems of Support for Real Estate Developers of Color
Time Slot: 11:00 AM Wed 05/01/19

One way to increase a neighborhood’s stability is through local property ownership. This session will address ways that individuals and organizations in Detroit are working together to address the systemic challenges that local real estate developers of color encounter when trying to access capital to execute real estate developments in Detroit communities.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Nonprofit Organizations,Lenders,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Intermediate

The “RAD” Effect
Time Slot: 11:00 AM Wed 05/01/19

This workshop is designed to provide a forecast for PHA’s considering, or in the middle of a RAD conversion. We will provide a quick RAD overview for first-timers and give examples of various types of projects performed utilizing RAD. This overview will provide financing options, sources and strategies. The workshop will focus on the changes the agency undergoes during the RAD transformation.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner

The Effects of Trauma on the Brain and Behavior
  • by Eli DeHope
Time Slot: 11:00 AM Wed 05/01/19

People experiencing homelessness often inhabit a violent world where physical and emotional trauma is common. This session explores the effects of trauma and traumatic events on the brain and behavior, and how trauma informed approaches help traumatized individuals move forward with their lives.


Target Audience: Multi-family Developers,Single Family Developers,Homeless Service Providers,Nonprofit Organizations,Local Government Officials or Staff


Learning Level: Beginner