MAY 8, 2010 SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS
Facing the Future: Changing Assumptions about Housing
On behalf of our Board of Directors, we want to acknowledge and thank all of our 2010 sponsors for making the 19th annual Affordable Housing Summit a huge success.
Our 2010 Summit brought U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen; DHCD Secretary Ray Skinner; Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett; Peter Swire, the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, and Keynote speaker HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims together for this day of education, inspiration, and determination. The Summit also put together eight break-out panels with an impressive number of housing experts. The goal to cover critical, inter-related affordable housing issues that are hot buttons with which activists, elected officials and housing professionals are grappling, was achieved The eight Summit panels ranged from: housing for seniors, urban living at metro, foreclosures, private/public sector partnerships, the status of renters, green housing initiatives, LIHTC financing and changing demographics.
Our Board of Directors is proud that over the past 20 years, numerous affordable housing issues have been identified, addressed and solved through the collaborative efforts of the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County (AHCMC) and its housing partners. However, we have yet to discover a panacea, especially in such a rapidly moving and changing environment. Montgomery County is still in dire need of more affordable housing. This is why it is particularly critical that we work together to recognize and put into action those creative ideas and solutions discussed in summits such as the one AHCMC hosted on May 3, 2010. Thank you for working with AHCMC and making a positive difference for affordable housing in Montgomery County, MD and the surrounding region.
Barbara Goldberg Goldman and Norman Dreyfuss