Join us for Florida’s Premier Statewide Affordable Housing Training and Technical Assistance Event. Each year, the FHC annual conference draws more than 700 housing professionals from all over the state, including representatives from business, government, banking, developers, and other affordable housing advocates in the for profit and nonprofit sectors. Don’t miss it – REGISTER today!
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Opening Remarks- George Romagnoli, Chair, Florida Housing Coalition Keynote Address- Trey Price, Executive Director, Florida Housing Finance Corporation Home Matters for Florida- Public Policy Plenary Dr. Denise Cleveland-Leggett, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Joe Pennisi, Florida Policy Institute Dr. Susan Pourciau, Florida Housing Coalition Trey Price, Executive Director, Florida Housing Finance Corporation Mark Hendrickson, Florida Housing […]Click for more information on 'Opening, Keynote, Home Matters Public Policy Plenary, Success Stories, Advocate Awards'
Lunch Celebrating 25 Years of Sadowski Act Remarks by Former Senate President Ken Pruitt, Founder, The P5 Group Sadowski Coalition Awards Sadowski Affiliate Awards Remarks by Ann Reinert, VP, Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase & Co.Click for more information on 'Lunch, Celebrating 25 Years of Sadowski Act, Sadowski Coalition Awards, Sadowski Affiliate Awards'
The Continuum of Care/Homeless Caucus provides an excellent opportunity for representatives of Continuum of Care lead agencies, homeless coalitions, local governments, and service and housing providers to discuss local trends, hot topics, successes, professional development, and policy goals for the upcoming year. At this year’s caucus, we will focus on building effective collaborations that lead […]Click for more information on 'Continuum of Care/ Homelessness Caucus'
This caucus is for Realtors to discuss trending topics critical to Attainable Workforce Housing housing, Florida Realtors Economic Impact Report and how it helped the trust fund appropriations, and partnering with local housing officials. This is a new caucus that will provide real estate professionals with the opportunity for input on housing issues in their […]Click for more information on 'Florida Realtors'
Featured guest speaker Attorney David Smolker, will join Jaimie Ross, at the caucus this year. Mr. Smolker successfully represented one of our nonprofit members facing opposition to a land use change for an affordable rental development. He will explain how to use the Bert Harris Property Rights law in conjunction with Florida’s Fair Housing Law […]Click for more information on 'Florida Nonprofit Housing Advocates Network'
Local governments and their public-sector partners and agencies can accomplish much more when working together deliberately on broad cross-cutting issues as well as discreet projects. In this Caucus, we plan to have an open dialogue between Florida’s Community Development professionals, Public Housing Authorities, CRAs, and, Housing Administrators. The broader topics include leveraging government resources, such […]Click for more information on 'Gov’t, FAHRO, FRA, FCDA, CRA Caucus'
This caucus is for counselors to discuss trending topics critical to home purchase counseling, foreclosure prevention, and other services. The caucus has a long history of delivering an engaging discussion with opportunity for your input. This year’s caucus will include discussion of the new rules requiring certification of counselors at HUD approved housing counseling agencies. […]Click for more information on 'Housing Counselors Caucus'
This year’s caucus is about FREE MONEY. Florida’s major utility companies, Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light, have money to give to Weatherization Agencies. We extend a personal invitation to every WAP agency in the state to come to this caucus and come away with two new tools- (1) free money from the utility […]Click for more information on 'Utility Companies, Weatherization Agencies & Energy Efficiency Partners'
This is the 25th anniversary of the Sadowski Act, the source of funding for SHIP and SAIL. For the past 15 years, we have seen the sweep of housing trust funds become the norm in the Florida legislature. There is no more important way to stop the sweeps than to have local folks meet with […]Click for more information on 'How to Have an Effective Meeting with your Legislator'
Hurricane Mathew delivered the message that we could do more to prepare for storms and other catastrophes. Explore what ongoing programs you might employ to help vulnerable households. The presenters will address the Pre-Disaster resources of SHIP and RCMP, along with Disaster Response resources provided by the Division of Emergency Management. Learn what activities your […]Click for more information on 'No Time for Complacency: Disaster Preparedness and Response'
Permanent supportive housing (PSH) is a proven and highly successful model for ensuring housing stability for those who are disabled or have been homeless. To learn more from the very best, attend this session to hear two presenters who are successful and experienced PSH developer/operators from Miami and Seattle. They have developed and operate thousands […]Click for more information on 'Developing and Operating Permanent Supportive Housing'
Surplus land is as good a cash when putting a housing program together. Florida’s cities and counties all have surplus real estate, some of which might be perfect for affordable housing or as a trade for other better suited land. Creating a land bank might be a way to make sure these parcels are more […]Click for more information on 'Surplus Lands and Land Banks'
Community foundations are grant-making charities that are dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographic area. They bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support effective nonprofits in their communities. In this session you will be exposed to two community foundations that are doing highly impactful work to end […]Click for more information on 'Community Foundations Can be your Best Partners'
Are you getting push-back when trying to advance a policy to increase the production of affordable housing in your community? Are you faced with opposition telling you there is enough affordable housing in the community, or that you shouldn’t require that affordable housing be built because it is too costly? Some housing strategies may require […]Click for more information on 'No Cost Tools to Implement Affordable Housing Policies'
Back by popular demand, in this workshop, hear from and talk with bankers who are committed to making community investments. Affordable housing and social enterprises are a function of public and private resources—banks are an integral part of the mix. How do you access bank funds for a particular project or to support the operations […]Click for more information on 'Bankers Can Be Your Best Partners'
Advocates throughout the state are increasingly interested in obtaining new sources of money for affordable housing and community development or winning policy changes to improve the plight of the homelessness, developing affordable housing, or opposing displacement. Whether you are interested in changing an ordinance or waging a campaign for a local referendum, effective community advocacy […]Click for more information on 'Effective Community Advocacy'
All HUD grantee jurisdictions are required to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). To do so, local governments must complete an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). It is essential that all community development advocates – nonprofits, housing authorities, lenders, realtors, and local government staff – understand the process, how it impacts their work, and how to support […]Click for more information on 'Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing'
Wondering if your community is missing a great funding opportunity? Confused by the alphabet soup of funding? This session will provide a Funding 101 summary of various federal, state, and local funding sources that can help address homelessness in your community. We will discuss how funding and grants can be layered and used most wisely […]Click for more information on 'Funding to Address Homelessness'
Many communities struggling with homelessness are considering tiny homes as an alternative to having people living in tents or on the streets. Seattle’s Low Income Housing Institute has been nationally recognized for the large number of tiny homes villages they have built for temporarily housing people who are homeless. Hear directly from Seattle’s LIHI Executive […]Click for more information on 'Tiny Homes'
Back by popular demand, in this workshop, hear from and talk with bankers who are committed to making community investments. Affordable housing and social enterprises are a function of public and private resources—banks are an integral part of the mix. How do you access bank funds for a particular project or to support the operations […]Click for more information on 'Bankers can be your Best Partners'
The Predevelopment Loan Program bridges the gap in funding and capacity for nonprofits to start and finish affordable housing projects. PLP is the first stop for nonprofits, public housing authorities or local governments to explore the feasibility of a project and receive low interest financing for site acquisition along with activities needed for the credit […]Click for more information on 'Pre-Development Loan Program (PLP)'
Inclusionary zoning is a land use tool that requires a small percentage of affordable housing to be produced concurrently with market rate development. Community land trusts are a land use tool for keeping housing affordable in perpetuity. Using these two tools in tandem benefits the market rate developer, the local government, and the community in […]Click for more information on 'Inclusionary Zoning and CLTs'
Lunch Keynote Address Chris Estes, President and CEO, National Housing Conference Non-Profit Raffle Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, PNC Bank and Wells Fargo Bank Chaney RaffleClick for more information on 'Lunch, Keynote, Non-Profit Raffle, Chaney Raffle'
This session will explore key areas of non-profit governance and management including conflicts of interests for board members, the intricacies of bylaws and organizational documents, and compliance with State of Florida and federal regulations. Additional discussion will focus on lobbying and holding title to real estate. This session will also provide an overview of due […]Click for more information on 'Laws that Nonprofits Need to Know About'
Florida is going clean, green and solar but how do you choose the right technology and perhaps more importantly, how do you finance it for low income communities? Learn how to access affordable financing for sustainable property improvements from the Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) which is a designated Community Development Financial Institution. Topics […]Click for more information on 'Solar Sunshot and SELF'
Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) offers funding to increase affordable housing for people with disabilities, those who have been homeless, and others with special needs. Every community in Florida needs more affordable housing for these special populations and this is your best source of funding to make that happen! Come hear more about expected upcoming […]Click for more information on 'FHFC Special Needs and Homeless'
Within the constraints of a 75 minute session, you will learn about the world of tax credits for housing and community development. Our expert panel will provide a comprehensive overview of 9% tax credits, 4% tax credits, New Market Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, and Renewable Energy Tax Credits. You may not be able to […]Click for more information on 'Using Tax Credits for Housing'
Public Housing Authorities play an increasingly important role in addressing homelessness. By collaborating, engaging in community planning efforts, and implementing specific strategies for homeless and near-homeless households, PHAs can be an integral partner in reducing homelessness. In this session, Joe Savage from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness will provide an overview of specific […]Click for more information on 'PHAs Addressing Homelessness'
In 2013, the Central Florida region was ranked worst among the nation’s midsized cities for its chronically homeless population. In 2014, Florida Hospital made the largest one-time private commitment of $6 million to end chronic homelessness in Central Florida history. Central Florida leaders leveraged this contribution to launch a campaign to end chronic homelessness in the […]Click for more information on 'Housing is Healthcare'
In 2016, The Florida Housing Coalition successfully fought a proposal from some in the for-profit sector of affordable housing developers to reduce the required term of affordability for FHFC’s multifamily housing. We believe that preserving affordability should be a core public policy position for the use of public subsidy. Community land trusts and shared equity […]Click for more information on 'Keeping Housing Affordable Long Term'
The Shimberg Center at the University of Florida and its partners will present new research findings on a wide range of Florida housing topics. Participants will learn about recent studies on the impacts of homelessness on Florida students’ school performance, and how schools and communities can support homeless children and youth; how Florida’s affordable housing […]Click for more information on 'Housing Connections'
In the past several years, new affordable housing opportunities have become available for people with developmental disabilities. The presenters will discuss various housing options for individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as success stories that will demonstrate how each option can be achieved. Participants will learn how community partnerships can lead to the development of […]Click for more information on 'Housing for Persons with Disabilities'
Several communities in Florida have been successful in dramatically reducing Veteran homelessness and putting systems in place to continue to house Veterans quickly. Every community is working hard to effectively end homelessness among Veterans through collaborations between local governments, homeless Continuums of Care, the Veterans Administration, public housing authorities, and nonprofit service providers. Join us […]Click for more information on 'Veteran Homelessness'
We are in an era of declining federal and state funding and housing professionals and advocates remain uncertain of public funding to address affordable housing and community development needs including funding under programs like CDBG, HOME, and Section 108. While we can still access these funds, it is important to know how to use these […]Click for more information on 'CDBG, HOME, 108, Rural Development Update'
The 2017 Florida Legislature again replenished important funding pots from the State Housing Trust Fund to be administered by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. These resources include funding for the SAIL program, with a set-aside for persons with a disabling condition; and grant funding for housing for persons with developmental disabilities. Other rental programs such […]Click for more information on 'FHFC Funding Resources'
Homelessness is costly to local governments and systems of care, and affects the quality of life for all who work, live, and play in Florida communities. In this session, Joe Savage from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness will share insights into national best practices for local governments. In addition, we will discuss a […]Click for more information on 'What Local Gov’ts can do to end Homelessness'
Promise in Brevard was just a dream in 2012 for Betsy Farmer who had been talking to other parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They knew as their children became adults there were virtually no choices to live independently in the community, be gainfully employed, and have the supports needed. In November 2017, […]Click for more information on 'Case Study- Promise in Brevard'
Join the SHIP Administrators Training sponsored by Florida Housing Finance Corporation. This three-hour session features panels on: How to preserve affordability and stretch SHIP dollars with shared equity and community land trusts How to ensure SHIP appropriations in 2018 and beyond. An update on SHIP monitor visits and SHIP program compliance. Open discussion about hot […]Click for more information on 'SHIP Administrators Training'
There is increasing demand for community land trusts and the Florida CLT Institute is working with emerging CLTs throughout the state. Participants can further this movement in a number of ways, including sharing how to effectively sell the story of CLT success to garner increased support and expanded reach of CLTs throughout the state on […]Click for more information on 'Community Land Trust Symposium'