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.
Keynote Address Trey Price, Executive Director, Florida Housing Finance Corporation Showcase of Florida’s Affordable Housing Innovations Join us for a showcase of why Home Matters in Florida, featuring award winning properties and programs. Developing and preserving affordable housing is no simple feat; this is time to celebrate your colleagues’ success by lifting up approaches and strategies […]Click for more information on 'Opening Plenary- Keynote, Public Policy Plenary, Showcase'
Lunch Fannie Mae Sustainable Communities Innovation Challenge Vivian Vasallo, Partnerships and Innovation Director, Fannie Mae Significant Announcement from a National Partner Sadowski Affiliates Awards – Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase Linda Geller-Schwartz, National Council of Jewish Women Bill Lazar, St. Johns Housing Partnership Nancy Robin, Habitat for Humanity of Broward Jeff Ruttenber, Habitat for Humanity of […]Click for more information on 'Lunch- Keynote, Fannie Mae Challenge, 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, and policy goals for the upcoming year. The caucus offers the opportunity to network and share ideas as we work to end […]Click for more information on 'Continuum of Care/Homelessness Caucus'
Community land trusts are gaining ground in Florida! This caucus provides space for a conversation among experienced practitioners, emerging organizations, and those considering whether a Community Land Trust would be helpful in their community. CLTs and Shared Equity programs are two very different tools, but share some common characteristics. We are going to include within […]Click for more information on 'CLT and Shared Equity'
The Developmental Disabilities Caucus will provide an open forum to discuss various topics important to the disability community. Join representatives from the Florida Housing Coalition (FHC) and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) to discuss recent initiatives surrounding affordable, accessible, inclusive housing for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Topic Experts: Safee Broxton, Florida Developmental Disabilities Council […]Click for more information on 'Developmental Disabilities Caucus'
Do you want all the state and local housing trust funds to be used solely for housing? Time to stop the sweeps! Join your colleagues to get an update on what the Sadowski Coalition, the Sadowski Affiliates, and the Sadowski Working Group have been doing since the end of the 2018 session to get ready […]Click for more information on 'Sadowski Affiliates Caucus'
This caucus is for Realtors to discuss trending topics critical to Attainable Workforce 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 respective […]Click for more information on 'Florida Realtors'
This caucus is for counselors to discuss trending topics critical to foreclosure prevention, home purchase counseling, and other services. The caucus has a long history of delivering an engaging discussion with opportunity for your input. Participants will discuss current practices and receive updates on counseling programs, including Hardest Hit. Join a roundtable discussion with other […]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 weatherization 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 and Energy Efficiency Partners'
Affordable housing is a key driver of economic growth and creating a state economy with broadly shared benefits. With the prevalence of low-wage jobs across Florida, and the rising cost of housing, the need for investing in affordable housing is greater than ever. However, state budget decisions on both spending and revenues, and the regulatory […]Click for more information on 'Affordable Housing Viewed Through the Economics Lens'
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 of your organization? This panel will answer […]Click for more information on 'Bankers Can Be Your Best Partners- 9am'
Rapid ReHousing is a successful solution to homelessness for a wide range of households experiencing homelessness. Some of the most successful Rapid ReHousing programs in Florida are operated by St. Vincent de Paul CARES, which focuses on utilizing best practices to help households move into housing and help them remain stably housed. Learn how to […]Click for more information on 'Homeless to Rapid ReHousing: How to Make it Work'
This session highlights the partnerships that led to the success of visionaries serving rural communities. Sister Cathy Buster, a nationally recognized leader from Catholic Charities in Venice, Florida, and Rick Miller, CEO of National Development Corporation, teamed up to produce Casa San Juan Bosco in Arcadia, Florida, a large and growing development of homes and […]Click for more information on 'Mission Driven Success in Rural Communities'
This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of community land trusts. It covers the why, where, and how of community land trusts for both homeownership and rental housing. Learn about the benefits of community land trusts in a variety of development environments, including high cost areas, gentrifying neighborhoods, and large-scale developments. Community land trusts help local […]Click for more information on 'The Nuts and Bolts of Community Land Trusts'
The Predevelopment Loan Program can be an essential first step in giving an idea of the structure needed for creating the development plan, securing a co-developer and going through the due diligence process. Its low interest rate and flexible repayment terms can get a project designed and permitted. PLP can make the difference between mobilizing […]Click for more information on 'One of Florida’s Best Programs for Nonprofits: The Pre-Development Loan Program'
The Shimberg Center will demonstrate new data and mapping tools to help you tell your community’s housing story. Shimberg staff will demonstrate new interactive maps showing Florida schools impacted by student homelessness, affordable housing developments at risk of expiring subsidies, and communities impacted by flooding and storms. You will also learn how to use the […]Click for more information on 'Adding it Up: Maps and Data for Your Affordable Housing Story'
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 of your organization? This panel will answer […]Click for more information on 'Bankers Can Be Your Best Partners- 10:45am'
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'
The Florida Community Land Trust Institute shines a light on two milestones for community land trusts: a statewide CLT formed to provide housing for developmentally disabled persons; and a CLT partnership with a local government inclusionary housing program. These are two innovative examples of the Community Land Trust model applied in the context of public-private […]Click for more information on 'Milestones and National Models in CLTs'
Addressing homelessness requires collaboration among a broad range community partners. Law enforcement can play a proactive role and effectively gear their efforts toward solutions to homelessness. The Sarasota community utilizes their law enforcement partners to provide street outreach through Homeless Outreach Teams (HOT) combined with case management services. Attendees will learn the importance of street […]Click for more information on 'Law Enforcement and Homeless Outreach Teams'
Ending the shortage of affordable homes for low income renters requires better policy solutions from elected leaders in both Tallahassee and Washington. Sadly, candidates rarely talk about housing, even when addressing the need to address growing economic inequality. Housing organizations are in a unique position to raise the profile of these issues with decision makers […]Click for more information on 'Our Homes, Our Votes: Stop the Sadowski Sweeps'
FCDA Presents Leveraging Public Resources for a Greater Impact This workshop offers a panel of Housing and Community Development experts to identify ways to increase affordability. Leveraging can be a useful tool for financing affordable housing and community and economic development projects and generally is regarded favorably by public and private sector officials. The inclusion […]Click for more information on 'FCDA Presents Leveraging Public Resources for a Greater Impact'
Lunch Keynote Address Tiffany Manuel, Enterprise Community Partners Dr. Tiffany Manuel is an experienced social scientist, strategist and cross-sector leader committed to social impact. She has worked to expand opportunity for low-income workers, families and communities through 25+ years of professional and volunteer experience spanning the private and non-profit sectors, government and academia. As Vice […]Click for more information on 'Lunch- Keynote, Nonprofit Raffle, Raffle'
Research studies and years of implementation have demonstrated the effectiveness of Permanent Supportive Housing in housing the most vulnerable households experiencing homelessness. A critical component of the success of Permanent Supportive Housing is the menu of supportive services offered once households are stably housed. Participants will learn how Carrfour Supportive Housing provides a proven approach […]Click for more information on 'Putting the “Supportive” in Homeless Permanent Supportive Housing'
In light of HUD’s changes to the implementation of the AFFH rule, entitlement jurisdictions and housing authorities must now consider how to best satisfy their obligation to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) and promote integrated communities. Join us on the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act to discuss HUD’s notice to suspend the AFH […]Click for more information on 'Affirmatively Further Fair Housing: Beyond the Rule'
Many national organizations exist to support the advocacy and education needs of housing and community development professionals. On this panel, Joey Lindstrom (Manager for Field Organizing, National Low Income Housing Coalition – NLIHC) and Laura DeMaria (Executive Director, National Association for County Community and Economic Development – NACCED) discuss ways their organizations, based in Washington, DC, […]Click for more information on 'The Value of Associations in Carrying Your Message'
Community land trusts provide affordability in perpetuity. That’s a powerful statement. One of the key ingredients for the success of community land trusts is the stewardship. This workshop explains stewardship from pre-purchase to post purchase, resales, and beyond. Best practices for CLTs will be the focus. Topics specifically included are homeowner and financial education, ground […]Click for more information on 'Stewardship is the Secret for CLT success'
Hurricane Irma engulfed the Florida peninsula on September 10, 2017. Florida’s housing stock was heavily damaged, catastrophically in some areas. Housing providers immediately got to work rebuilding but there were lessons to be learned from Hurricane Irma, just as there were from previous disasters. In this session, we will discuss those lessons with a panel […]Click for more information on 'Disasters: The Road to Recovery'
With the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Act”), there is much concern, as well as confusion, as to the impact the new legislation has on both businesses and individuals alike. The tax changes contained in the Act are the most sweeping since the Tax Reform Act of 1986. As with any tax […]Click for more information on 'Federal and State Tax Law Changes Affecting Affordable Housing'
The Community Contribution Tax Credit Program provides a financial incentive (up to 50 percent tax credit or sales tax refund) to encourage Florida businesses to make donations toward community development and housing projects for low-income persons. During this workshop, learn about the Community Contribution Tax Credit Program and ways it can be used as an alternative […]Click for more information on 'Legal Hot Topics for Nonprofit Developers and Housing Providers'
Many communities struggle with the presence of, or need for, emergency shelters, one-step centers, and day centers. While emergency shelters are an important part of the homeless assistance system, most emergency shelters are at full capacity, have waiting lists, and/or turn away those who need shelter the most. Some have long lengths of stay and […]Click for more information on 'Creating Effective Homeless Emergency Shelters'
The Florida Community Land Trust Institute is spearheading the creation of a national model for best practices in procedures and documentation to ensure the salability of community land trust loans in the secondary market. We hope to increase financing opportunities for community land trusts and shared equity loans and provide greater comfort to SHIP administrators […]Click for more information on 'Bringing CLTs to Scale'
The 2018 Florida Legislature again replenished important funding pots from the State Housing Trust Fund, 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. Additionally, CDBG disaster recovery funding and […]Click for more information on 'FHFC Funding Resources'
Florida is known as the Sunshine State. And yet, the solar is almost never used in the construction of affordable housing. Solar energy is an innovation in affordable housing whose time has come at the New Horizon Apartments. A faith-based nonprofit, preserved affordable housing through rehab of a rundown apartment complex—taking it from an unlivable […]Click for more information on 'Innovation in Affordable Housing'
Preservation of affordable housing is about recapitalizing and rehabilitating older affordable properties to prevent disrepair from creating substandard conditions. It is also about ensuring that affordable properties are not flipped to market rate or luxury housing at the end of the land use restriction agreement term. POAH is a national nonprofit dedicated to affordable housing […]Click for more information on 'Preserving Affordable Housing'
Many Florida communities are sitting on gold mines for affordable housing developers. The cost of land acquisition represents a go-no-go factor that can make or break project feasibility. Even when the price is right, private buyers can get to the closing table before most nonprofit buyers can even apply for financing. What if there was an […]Click for more information on 'Take Surplus Land to the Land Bank'
Sponsored by: Florida Housing Finance Corporation Join the SHIP Administrators Training sponsored by Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC). This three-hour session will feature several timely and important SHIP topics, including assistance repayment policy options and Hurricane Irma disaster recovery. Learn from the experience of others, especially during the small group discussion session, in which participants will […]Click for more information on 'SHIP Administrators’ Training'
Sponsored by The Building Capacity to Build Symposium, sponsored by Fifth-Third Foundation, will highlight the Florida Housing Coalition’s work with nonprofit organizations throughout the state. This symposium focuses on building capacity to enter the field of affordable rental development or expand an organization’s existing reach. The symposium will feature leaders from the five organizations […]Click for more information on 'Building Capacity to Build: The Nonprofit as Affordable Housing Developer'
Sponsored by: The LIFT Orlando mobile classroom introduces a rare partnership between downtown business leaders and urban neighborhood residents and the physical developments brought about by that collaborative work. Currently under construction, LIFT Orlando’s first development, Pendana at West Lakes, is a 200-unit high-quality, multifamily development designed for residents of all income levels to come […]Click for more information on 'Mobile Classroom- LIFT Orlando'