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"Live at the Forum" - Resources

"Live at the Forum" sessions give Forum members the opportunity to learn about new research reports and policy innovations and interact with housing practitioners, researchers, and other leaders in the field. Events in this periodic series begin with a short conference call or webinar with guest speakers. When the call has concluded, speakers sign on to the Forum to answer your questions.

This page provides links to resources for previous Live at the Forum sessions, including recordings from conference calls and webinars when available and direct links to the online Q&A portion of each event. The page will be updated as new sessions take place. Click on the links below to view recent sessions, or just scroll down to browse them all.


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November 2012

Center for Housing Policy and Center for Neighborhood Technology Webinar – Losing Ground: The Struggle of Moderate-Income Households to Afford the Rising Costs of Housing and Transportation – November 20, 2012
The 25 largest U.S. metro areas are losing ground to rising housing and transportation costs. In fact, for every $1 in income growth these families enjoyed from 2000 to 2010, their combined housing and transportation costs rose by $1.75. This webinar explained how housing and transportation costs in the largest 25 metro areas have swelled by 44 percent since 2000 while incomes have failed to keep pace and how to reduce the combined costs for low- and moderate-income households. Speakers discussed the findings from the report Losing Ground: The Struggle of Moderate-Income Households to Afford the Rising Costs of Housing and Transportation.

Speakers included: Scott Bernstein, President and Co-Founder, Center for Neighborhood Technology; Peter M. Haas, Chief Research Scientist, Center for Neighborhood Technology; Jeffrey Lubell, Executive Director, Center for Housing Policy; Robert Hickey, Senior Research Associate, Center for Housing Policy; Chris Estes, President and CEO, National Housing Conference.



July 2012

National Housing Conference, Center for Housing Policy and the Housing and Transportation Affordability Initiative Webinar -- Location-Efficiency as a Green Building Strategy:
An Introduction to the Location Affordability Index - July 17, 2012
This webinar examined the role of location-efficiency in green building and presented a new set of tools being developed by HUD and DOT to help reduce the combined housing and transportation cost burdens faced by low- and moderate-income families. Participants learned about athe Housing and Transportation Affordability Initiative - a joint HUD and DOT project which is developing the Location Affordability Index and the My Transportation Cost Calculator, tools designed to help planners, developers, consumers, and policy-makers make more informed decisions about where to development, invest and live.

Speakers included: Noreen Beatley, Manhattan Strategy; Sarah Campbell, Center for Neighborhood Technology; Gray Kelly, Southface/EarthCraft; Sophie Lambert, U.s. Green Building Council; Jeffrey Lubell, Center for Housing Policy.



National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy Webinar -- Housing Landscape for Older Adults - July 16 2012
By 2050, the 65+ population in the nation is set to double in size. This webinar focused on the implications of these changing demographics on housing policy. What does the housing community need to understand about the growing ranks of older adults? What housing challenges do older adults face today, and what innovative policies and programs can improve their access to suitable and affordable housing?

Speakers discussed findings from the report Housing an Aging Population: Are We Prepared?, featuring examples of retrofitting spaces in suburban communities to provide accessible places with senior housing, and discuss a program for aging-in-place that reduces costly hospitalizations while improving quality of life.

Speakers included: Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology; Nancy Eldridge, Cathedral Square Corporation; Emily Salomon, Center for Housing Policy.

June 2012

National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy Webinar-- Efforts to Protect Veterans against Foreclosure - June 19, 2012
This webinar featured speakers from the lending community and federal government to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities to protect military families from foreclosure. They spoke about how the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and other federal programs are being used to help veterans sustain homeownership and housing stability, and what more can be done to preserve homeownership for the military community.

Speakers included: Danielle Johnson-Kutch, U.S. Department of Treasury; David Gibbons, Wells Fargo; Ethan Handelman, National Housing Conference



National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy Webinar-- Homeless Veterans and Rental Housing- June 13, 2012

This webinar provided an overview of the range of housing challenges faced by the homeless veteran population, examples of federal and state programs (including the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher) to ensure rental housing opportunities exist, and examples of model programs that are meeting the critical housing and service needs of this population.

Speakers included: Steve Berg, National Alliance to End Homelessness; Baylee Crone, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans; Brad Bridwell, Cloudbreak Communities

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January 2012

Live at the Forum Webinar -- Foreclosure and Family Stability- January 26, 2012
This webinar highlighted a recent Urban Institute report on the impact of foreclosure on residential stability. The researchers presented on studies from Baltimore, New York City and Washington, D.C. and the similarities and differences that emerged in where families go after foreclosure. They also highlighted the policy implications of their findings.

Speakers included: Jennifer Comey, the Urban Institute; Ingrid Gould Ellen, New York University; Matthew Kachura, University of Baltimore

December 2011

Live at the Forum Webinar -- Foreclosures in Communities of Color - December 5, 2011
This session discussed the disparate impact the ongoing foreclosure crisis has had on communities of color through the framework of a year-long dialogue convened by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Speakers discussed the dialogue's approach to the problem, potential policy solutions, research that has been spurred by the discussions and a communications campaign fostered during the convening.

Speakers included: Phillip Rowland-Seymour, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Katrin Anacker, George Mason University; and Preeti Vissa, the Greenlining Institute.


November 2011

Live at the Forum Webinar -- Resilience in the Face of Foreclosures - November 30, 2011
This session highlighted finding findings from two National League of Cities reports on Resilience in the Face of Foreclosures. Speakers discussed how leadership, outreach efforts, partnerships, and leveraging financial resources played a role in addressing foreclosures and helping communities to become more resilient. The webinar features researchers as well as representatives from two city that have successfully responded to continuing waves of home mortgage foreclosures, vacant properties and destabilized neighborhoods.

Speakers included: James Brooks, National League of Cities; Mark Weinheimer and Roger Williams, Rogelio Williams & Associates; Samuel Leichtling, City of Milwaukee; and Jesse Garcia, City of Phoenix.


August 2011

Live at the Forum Webinar -- Preserving Affordability in Location-Efficient Areas - August 9, 2011
Hosted in partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, speakers in this session discussed ways that local governments can work to preserve housing affordability near transit, employment centers, and other location-efficient areas. This session also included an overview of demographic trends nationwide and in the national capital region, and an overview of policies and strategies that preserve and expand the supply of affordable housing in "hot" neighborhoods.

Speakers included: Melissa Bondi; Emily Salomon, Center for Housing Policy; and Lisa Sturtevant, George Mason University.
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Live at the Forum Webinar -- Regional Coordination for Sustainable Communities - August 4, 2011
Hosted in partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, speakers in this session discussed opportunities and challenges associated with regional planning and coordinating sustainable development across metropolitan regions.

Speakers included: David Bowers, Vice President and Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners; Alicia Lewis, Housing Planner III, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; Rob Richardson, Development Manager, National Housing Trust; Abby Thorne-Lyman, Project Director, Reconnecting America.

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July 2011

Live at the Forum Webinar -- Budget-Oriented Development - July 27, 2011
Hosted in partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, speakers in this session discussed how transit-oriented development and other sustainable development practices can aid communities in efforts to overcome scarce resources, a political climate wary of public spending, and other challenges brought about by the economic recession.

Speakers included: Matt Ladd, Senior Planner, Fairfax County, Virginia; Danilo Pelletiere, Research Director, National Low Income Housing Coalition; and Jennifer Smith, Columbia Pike Initiative Coordinator, Arlington County, Virginia.



June 2011

Live at the Forum Webinar -- Tools to Provide Long-Term Affordability near Transit and Other Location-Efficient Areas - June 16, 2011
Hosted in partnership with the Cornerstone Partnership, this webinar highlights innovative affordable transit-oriented development initiatives across the country, including Austin, Texas and Fairfax County, Virginia – two jurisdictions that have put long-term affordable homeownership mechanisms into place to create and sustain equitable transit-oriented communities.

Speakers included: Allison Brooks, Reconnecting America; John L. Payne A.I.A, Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development; Kelly Weiss, PeopleTrust in Austin, TX.

Live at the Forum Webinar -- Affordable Housing's Role in Fostering Local Economic Development - June 10, 2011
This session investigates the ways in which affordable housing investments spillover into the local economy by creating jobs and fortifying the local tax base. Speakers discuss how communities have benefited from the economic development potential of their affordable housing programs and how attendees can measure the economic and fiscal impacts of their own investments. The webinar closes with a case study of how one organization has used this information to advance its affordable housing advocacy goals.

Speakers included: Chris Walker, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); Paul Emrath, National Association of Home Builders; and Nellie Gorbea; HousingWorks Rhode Island.

Live at the Forum Webinar -- Affordable Housing's Role in Improving Children's Education - June 9, 2011
This session provides an introduction to the pathways through which affordable housing influences children's education, including the importance of reducing involuntary moves and providing access to neighborhoods of opportunity. Research on the educational impacts of a scattered site public housing program in Maryland are also discussed.

Speakers included: Richard Rothstein, Economic Policy Institute; Stefanie DeLuca, Johns Hopkins University; and Heather Schwartz, RAND Corporation.

Live at the Forum Webinar -- Affordable Housing's Role in Promoting Good Health - June 7, 2011
This session provides an introduction to several of the ways that safe, decent, and affordable homes impact the health of children and families. Topics covered include the health benefits of affordable green housing; recent research on health issues identified among homeowners facing foreclosure; and budget trade-offs made by families in unaffordable housing and impacts on children's health.

Speakers included: David Jacobs, National Center for Healthy Housing; Craig Pollack, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and Elizabeth March, Children's HealthWatch.


May 2011

Live at the Forum Webinar -- Not Just Where, but How and What: the case for location efficient development - May 24, 2011
This webinar highlighted findings from the report Location Efficiency and Housing Type- Boiling it Down to BTUs and explained the significance of this research for communities around the country. Speakers discussed innovations in architecture and urban design that encourage sustainable development in the suburbs and focus on strategies that policymakers, planners, practitioners and advocates can use to ensure affordability in these location efficient areas.

Speakers included: Danielle Arigoni, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology; and Matthew Lister, Jonathan Rose Companies.
March 2011

Live at the Forum Webinar -- State of the State Budget: Outlook for housing programs in 2011 and beyond - March 24, 2011
This webinar session focused on the budget outlook for states, with a special look at the impact of budget shortfalls on housing and other social programs. Speakers at the state level described budget trends affecting their state and approaches to supporting housing programs in difficult economic times.

Speakers included: Phil Oliff, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Ray Pearl, California Housing Consortium; Robin Snyderman, Metropolitan Planning Council; and Steven Silver, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

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January 2011

Live at the Forum Webinar -- Balancing Affordability and Asset Building in Homeownership Programs - January 26, 2011
This webinar session focused on a recent report by The Urban Institute that provides information on seven shared equity homeownership programs across the country that provide long-term affordable homeownership opportunities. The report demonstrates how such programs can effectively provide long-term affordability while still offering their residents substantial asset building opportunities.

Speakers included: Reid Cramer, New America Foundation; Beadsie Woo, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Rick Jacobus, Cornerstone Partnership; Brett Theodos, The Urban Institute; and Jeffrey Lubell, Center for Housing Policy.

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December 2010

Live at the Forum Webinar -- Planning for Affordable Housing Near Transit: Using Acquisition Funds and Land Banks - December 15, 2010
Stephanie Jennings from the City of Eugene, Oregon; Melinda Pollack of Enterprise Community Partners in Denver and Dan Reuter of the Atlanta Regional Commission discuss how to plan for adequate affordable rental housing near future transit investments with an emphasis on proactive approaches to reserve land for future development in these ideal locations. Learn about Atlanta's Livable Centers Initiative; Eugene, Oregon's Landbanking Program for Affordable Housing and Denver, Colorado's Transit-Oriented Development Acquisition Fund.

Live at the Forum Webinar -- Repositioning Suburban Multifamily Foreclosures - December 8, 2010

Christine Kolb of ULI Chicago; Scott Goldstein of Teska Associates, Inc. and Tammie Grossman of the Village of Oak Park, Illinois will highlight efforts to bring foreclosed multifamily properties back into productive use, using Village of Oak Park, Illinois -- a Chicago suburb -- as a case study. The speakers will describe lessons learned from a recent technical assistance workshop, and offer strategies to respond to suburban multifamily foreclosures and create opportunities for long-term affordable rental housing.

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November 2010

Green and Healthy Homes! - November 16, 2010
Executive director Ruth Ann Norton talks about the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, a public-private partnership working to improve the health and safety of homes around the country.

Rental Preservation Inventories: Perspectives from Policy and Practice - November 10, 2010
Megan DeCrappeo from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Anne Ray of the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies at the University of Florida and Vincent Reina from the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University discuss rental preservation inventories and how they can be used to influence policy at the local, state and national levels.

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October 2010

Live at the Forum on the upcoming National Inclusionary Housing Conference - October 5, 2010
A panel of speakers from the upcoming National Inclusionary Housing Conference provides a preview of topics to be covered at the event. Speakers include Rick Jacobus (NCB Capital Impact), Mike Rawson (The Public Interest Law Project/Affordable Housing Law Project), Jaimie Ross (Innovative Housing Institute), Doug Shoemaker (City of San Francisco), and Sarah Treuhaft (PolicyLink).

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September 2010

Live at the Forum on the Homeowners' Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) - September 15, 2010
Larry Swanson, Executive Director of ACTION-Housing, and Mark Schwartz, Executive Director of Regional Housing Legal Services, discuss Pennsylvania's Homeowners' Emergency Assistance Program (HEMAP), which has a long track record in PA of preventing foreclosures due to job loss and other unavoidable circumstances. They answer questions about the program and its connection with the new federal Emergency Mortgage Relief Program.

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May 2010

Live at the Forum: PolicyLink's new report, When Investors Buy Up the Neighborhood - May 18, 2010
Kalima Rose and Sarah Treuhaft of PolicyLink discuss the report, When Investors Buy Up the Neighborhood: Strategies to Prevent Investor Ownership from Causing Neighborhood Decline

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April 2010

Live at the Forum: Learn about H.R. 4868 - New Legislation to Preserve Affordable Housing - April 20, 2010
Toby Halliday of the National Housing Trust provides an overview of the Housing Preservation and Tenant Protection Act (H.R. 4868), and answers to your questions about how the Act will help stabilize housing for some of the nation's poorest households.

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March 2010

Live at the Forum on Linking Housing, Transportation and Workforce Policies - March 26, 2010
Emily Salomon, Robin Snyderman, Susan Adams and Caren Dewar present two new policy briefs on regional coordination of housing, transportation, and workforce policies. The briefs are based on a series of listening sessions that took place in the Atlanta and Twin Cities regions to convene local and state government, the workforce sector, housing and transportation agencies, and advocacy groups to discuss positive examples of coordination across silos, as well as challenges to working across policy areas more closely.

Live at the Forum: Making Homes More Resistant to Natural Disasters - March 25, 2010
This LATF introduces a new, online the toolkit and a series of related policy briefs on making homes more resistant to natural disasters, and provides information on several advocacy efforts and programs aimed at expanding financial support for disaster resistant home construction and renovations.

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February 2010

Live at the Forum: Communities at Risk and Living Cities' Foreclosure Mitigation Initiative - February 9, 2010
George McCarthy, Matt Pacenza, and Kevin McQueen discuss learnings from Living Cities' Foreclosure Mitigation Initiative and the new report, Communities at Risk: How the Foreclosure Crisis is Damaging Urban Areas and What is Being Done About It.

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January 2010

Live at the Forum: Intermediary Lending Products for NSP Grantees - January 27, 2010
Tyler Van Gundy of the National Community Stabilization Trust discusses various intermediary lending products the Trust has developed to support Neighborhood Stabilization Program strategies.
This online Q&A session is offered in conjunction with the Foreclosure Response podcast series, offered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

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December 2009

Live at the Forum: New Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast and Online Q&A with Susan Adams - December 16, 2009
Susan Adams of Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc. (ANDP) discusses foreclosures and tax assessment practices can have a negative and inequitable impact on households in the surrounding area. This online Q&A session is offered in conjunction with the Foreclosure Response podcast series, offered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Live at the Forum: New Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast and Online Q&A with John O'Callahan - December 14, 2009
John O'Callahan, president and CEO of Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc. (ANDP), discusses ANDP's neighborhood stabilization pilot program. This online Q&A session is offered in conjunction with the Foreclosure Response podcast series, offered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Live at the Forum: New Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast and Online Q&A with Frank Alexander - December 8, 2009
Frank Alexander, professor of law at Emory Law School, answers questions about land banking as a foreclosure mitigation strategy. This online Q&A session is offered in conjunction with the Foreclosure Response podcast series, offered by the
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

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November 2009

Live at the Forum: The Impacts of High Housing and Transportation Costs in the San Francisco Bay Area- November 19, 2010
Keith Wardrip and John McIlwain discuss the new report Bay Area Burden: Examining the Costs and Impacts of Housing and Transportation in the Bay Area.

Live at the Forum: New Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast and Online Q&A with Stephanie Rauterkus - November 12, 2009
Stephanie Rauterkus of the University of Alabama�€�Birmingham School of Business discusses the impact that foreclosures can have on the home values of an entire neighborhood. This online Q&A session is offered in conjunction with the Foreclosure Response podcast series, offered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Live at the Forum: New Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast and Online Q&A with Dan Immergluck - November 5 & 6, 2009
Dan Immergluck of the Georgia Institute of Technology answers questions on how different metropolitan areas have been affected by bank-owned properties, what happens once these homes go into foreclosure, and what can be done to return these homes to productive use. This online Q&A session is offered in conjunction with the Foreclosure Response podcast series, offered by the
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Live at the Forum: Subsidized Housing Opportunities near Transit and the 50+ Population - November 4

Rodney Harrell of AARP, Allison Brooks of Reconnecting America and Todd Nedwick of the National Housing Trust provide answers about the report, Preserving Affordability and Access in Livable Communities.

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October 2009

Live at the Forum with Alon Cohen, Rachel Gallegos, and Andrew Jakabovics - October 2

Speakers discuss a Center for American Progress report on mandatory mediation in the foreclosure process, and highlight Philadelphia's Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program, discussed in the report, which is one of the nation's earliest foreclosure mediation programs.

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August 2009

Live at the Forum with Catherine Bendor, Danna Fischer, and David Rammler - August 25

Representatives from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and the National Housing Law Project answer questions about the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.

Live at the Forum with Todd Swanstrom, Karen Chapple, and Dan Immergluck on Regional Resilience in the Face of Foreclosures - August 18
Authors discuss a new report from the Institute on Urban and Regional Development at Berkeley and the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Building Resilient Regions, Regional Resilience in the Face of Foreclosures: Evidence from Six Metropolitan Areas.


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July 2009

Live at the Forum with Rick Jacobus of Burlington Associates in Community Development and Barbara Lightsy of the City of Lakes Community Land Trust - July 30
Rick Jacobus and Barbara Lightsy explore the potential of shared equity homeownership to balance long-term affordability and asset-building objectives, and discuss how to better understand and respond to community concerns over limiting wealth creation.

Live at the Forum with the Urban Institute's G. Thomas Kingsley, Robin Smith, and David Price - July 16

Authors of a new report from the Urban Institute, The Impacts of Foreclosures on Families and Communities, discuss what is known about how foreclosures adversely affect households and their neighborhoods -- from children and the elderly to public safety and local property tax revenues.



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