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Housing Matters: Check out these conference workshops

Samuel Gunter,Interim Executive Director

This October we will again be hosting our annual Housing Works conference alongside the NC Housing Finance Agency and Centrant Community Capital (formerly CICCAR). Registration is now open, and we look forward to seeing you there. As you take time to peruse the agenda, we wanted to highlight a few exciting workshops that we are looking forward to:


Innovation Series: The Greensboro Housing Hub

The Greensboro Housing Hub opened its doors in March 2018. Designed as a one-stop shop for Greensboro’s housing needs, the Hub consists of many housing-focused nonprofits from across the continuum of need. Come hear from the executive directors of these organizations about the benefits and challenges of working together to address affordable housing needs efficiently and comprehensively.

Maria Hanlin, executive director, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro, Greensboro; Sofia Crisp, executive director, Housing Consultants Group, Greensboro; Bret Byerly, executive director, Greensboro Housing Coalition, Greensboro; and Gene Brown, executive director, Community Housing Solutions, Greensboro

Beyond Ribbon Cuttings: Mobilizing Residents for Advocacy

Affordable housing advocates spend a lot of time inviting elected officials to ribbon cuttings or connecting them with practitioners to explain complicated financing and development tools. While these tools have proven effective, this session focuses on the increased impact of empowering and mobilizing residents of affordable housing to advocate for crucial housing programs. We will also explore the impact of resident organizing programs in California and Washington.

Yvette Holmes, vice president of resource development and partnerships, DHIC, Raleigh; and Chris Genese, senior organizer of the Housing Trust Fund project, Center for Community Change, Portland, OR

Energy Efficiency for All: Incorporating Efficiency in Multi-Family Affordable Housing

High utility costs can quickly make an affordable home unaffordable. This session will explore new and existing ways to leverage energy efficient upgrades to finance affordable housing development.

Al Ripley, director of the Housing and Consumer Project, North Carolina Justice Center, Raleigh; and Dana Bartolomei, regional director of energy efficiency policy for the southeast, National Housing Trust, Washington, D.C.

Seeking Housing Awards Nominations

Each year at the NC Affordable Housing Conference we recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to advocate for affordable housing. We are still looking for nominations for our Housing Awards. If you know someone who stands out in one of the following areas, please nominate them for an award by filling out this short form. The deadline for nominations is October 2.

Sister Barbara Sullivan Award (Volunteer of the Year)

This award is given for devotion and commitment to finding viable solutions and improving housing conditions for low-income families through personal commitment and sacrifice as a volunteer.

A. Robert Kucab Award (Professional of the Year)

This award is given for making a significant impact on affordable housing through professional involvement by demonstrating efforts above and beyond normal role or duties as a housing professional.

Bill Rowe Service to Affordable Housing Award

This award recognizes a significant commitment and impact on affordable housing over the course of a career.

Public Official of the Year Award

This award recognizes a public official who places priority on improving housing conditions and fights for the additional resources and legislation needed to make this happen

Louise Mack Award (Housing Counselor of the Year)

This award is given to a housing counselor for their leadership in the field of housing counseling and their dedication to financial security for all North Carolinians.

As a reminder, NC Housing Coalition members receive a discount on conference registration. Join us at the conference and as a member to help ensure that every North Carolinian has a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.




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