On May 9. 2011, the Affordable Housing Conference organized its 20th annual Summit
“20/20 Vision for Affordable Housing “.
The Summit was held at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center, in North Bethesda, MD. AHCMC Co-Chairs Barbara Goldberg Goldman and Norman Dreyfuss introduced Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and opening remarks were provided by Eugene Roberson, Pulitizer Prize-winning Columnist.
The Capital One Architectural Design Awards were presented by David Dineen of Capital One and Ralph Bennett, AHCMC Vice Chair. The first place award for new construction was given to Grimm + Parker Architects in recognition of their work at the Summit at St. Martins Apartments. The first place award for renovation was given to Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners for their innovative re-design of the Williston Apartments in Washington, DC.
U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen provided a timely congressional update at the beginning of the Luncheon Awards Ceremony. The keynote speaker was Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown received the Robert C. Weaver Housing Champion Award. Former Senator Paul Sarbanes honored Annie Alston, former Executive Director of the Housing Opportunities Commission, as the 2011 Paul Sarbanes Excellence in Community Service Award.
A special 20th anniversary special recognition award was presented to Maryland DHCD Secretary Raymond Skinner for his dedicated work on foreclosure prevention and mediation in the State. AHCMC “Break the Barrier to Home Ownership” closing cost assistance awards were also presented to four deserving winners during the luncheon, as well.
Over 400 participants attended this day of information, inspiration and determination which also included eight panel presentations by eight moderators, and 25 local, regional and national housing experts.
The break-out panels focused on 1) Rental Housing, 2) Housing + Jobs + Transit, 3) Urban-Suburban Poverty, 4) Foreclosure Updates, 5) The Housing Credit “Squeeze”, 6) Development Pains + Pressures, 7) White Flint: Who will live there?, and Green Building and Green Standards.