2017 Affordable Housing Summit

 Join us for our flagship event of the year. Through expert panels, diverse speakers, and open discussion, we will distill the best ways to overcome the instability of transition and fight for continued improvements in access to affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households.




2017 Summit Agenda

8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Opening Session

  • Welcome and Greetings
  • Plenary Panel: Confronting Economic Change in Maryland
    • Ken Holt, MD Secretary of Housing and Economic Development
    • Mike Gill, MD Secretary of Commerce
    • Earl Lewis, MD Deputy Secretary of Transportation
    • Moderator: Clarence Snuggs, Montgomery County DHCA Director

10:30 a.m. Session I Break-Out Panels

11:45 a.m. Session II Break-Out Panels

1:00 p.m. Luncheon & Awards Program

  • Opening Remarks: Senator Ben Cardin
  • Keynote Address: Congressman Elijah Cummings
  • Awards Presentation
    • Paul Sarbanes Excellence in Public Service Award: Sheila Crowley, NLIHC
    • Paul Sarbanes Excellence in Community Service Award: CASA de Maryland
    • Housing Partner of the Year: EagleBank
    • Eugene F. Ford, Sr. Builder of the Year: Bozzuto
    • Architectural Design Awards (Sponsored by Capital One)
    • “Break the Barrier to Home Ownership” Closing Cost Assistance Awards
      • Lead Sponsors: Housing Opportunities Commission, PNC Bank, Norman Dreyfuss, GCAAR, DHCD, SunTrust Bank, Jeffrey Slavin, Hilary Miller

3:00 Networking Happy Hour and Dessert Buffet

*Note: Housing and Development Expo will run from 8:00am to 4:30pm in the conference lobby


2017 Panel Information


A Renter’s Market? Rental Challenges and Opportunities in Montgomery County

Montgomery County’s Rental Housing Study found that the existing rental housing market in the county is unbalanced at both the lowest and highest ends of the market. In fact, the market is short 20,000 units priced appropriately for households earning less than 30% of area median income (AMI) or $28,900. In a market where rental properties are in such high demand, how do we build and maintain units that are desirable, efficient, and affordable? This panel will explore the study results and discuss tools that would allow us to address our rental housing needs. Back to Schedule

  • Kyle Talente, RKG Associates Inc.
  • Dick Knapp, Foulger-Pratt
  • Harold Huggins, Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR)
  • Moderator: Gwen Wright, Montgomery County Department of Planning



HUD in Transition: New Challenges, New Vision

President Trump’s election and Secretary Carson’s confirmation means that HUD will inevitably experience policy and priority changes. In fact, President Trump’s proposed budget includes $6 billion in cuts to HUD’s programs, signaling a strategy shift. But neither the administration nor Secretary Carson have formally released their housing policy agenda. What can we gather about HUD’s future plans from the information we have so far? National experts will outline the challenges the new administration will face and discuss HUD’s future. Back to Schedule

  • Sunia Zaterman, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA)
  • Adrianne Todman, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)
  • Scott Keller, HORNE LLP
  • Shauna Sorrells, Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC)
  • Moderator: Rick Nelson, Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC)



Innovation in Affordable Housing Finance: National Initiatives

Both providers and consumers of affordable housing can only take action with the proper financing options. Join national policymakers and advocates in exploring trends in housing finance and discussing new efforts to make financing easier for all parties involved. Part I of our Affordable Housing Finance series. Back to Schedule


What’s in Store for Our Most Vulnerable Populations

While uncertainty and transition creates problems for all Americans, it is particularly harmful for immigrants, seniors, and residents with disabilities. While recent development projects have set new standards for community-specific housing, there is still much more progress to be made. This panel will explore how to design and adapt housing and related services in order to support these communities. Back to Schedule

  • Justin Chappell, Respectability USA
  • Renato Mendoza, CASA de Maryland
  • Christina Johnson, Rebuilding Together of Montgomery County
  • Moderator: Leila Finucaine, Victory Housing




Anatomy of a Housing Shortage: Supply and Demand in Montgomery County

Amidst uncertain times, what if you could know what Montgomery County and its residents would look like for decades into the future? Acclaimed regional demographers will discuss expected trends in County residents over the next 25 years, and what that would mean for housing and mobility around Montgomery County. Back to Schedule

  • Jeanette Chapman, GMU Fuller Institute
  • Lisa Sturtevant, Lisa Sturtevant & Associates
  • Moderator: Casey Anderson, Montgomery County Planning Board


Confronting Common Challenges: Best Practices from Across the DMV

Growth in population and housing demand is not just a challenge for Montgomery County — it affects our entire region. Hear from the managers of housing authorities across the DMV to compare solutions, discuss lessons learned, and hone in on the best ideas for our broader metro area. Back to Schedule


Innovation in Affordable Housing Finance: Case Studies from Across the Nation

Proposed cuts in federal budgets and potentially harmful reforms to LIHTC pose new risks to local housing expansion and preservation. How are housing agencies and developers responding? Hear three different approaches from agencies in high cost markets across the country. By creating local funding sources to fill the gap (Denver, CO), bringing private equity into housing transactions (Montgomery County, MD), and leveraging public private partnerships (New York City, NY), local leaders are confronting these challenges head-on. Part II of our Affordable Housing Finance Series. Back to Schedule

  • Stacy Spann, Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC)
  • Rick Padilla, Denver Office of Economic Development
  • Nicole Ferreira, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
  • Moderator: Chris Estes, National Housing Conference (NHC)



Transit-Oriented Development: Here and Now

The Purple Line is scheduled to open in 2022. While this and other projects have great economic potential, they also come with serious risks. In fact, a recent UMD study found that communities in Prince George’s County are already becoming susceptible to rising rent, substandard housing, and crowding. How can we develop these communities in a way that leverages public transit while protecting the residents who need it the most? Back to Schedule

  • Shyam Kannan, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
  • Gerrit Knaap, University of Maryland (UMD)
  • Bob Youngentob, EYA
  • Moderator: Roger Lewis, Washington Post



Support Our Work

A number of sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $250 to $25,000. All sponsorship levels include seats at our annual Summit and ongoing events. Click here for more information.

Specific questions about the Summit can be directed to Nikhil Gupta, Executive Director, at 301-520-1587 or nikhilgupta@affordablehousingconference.org.