Meet Our Team at Housing California's 2021 (Un)Conference
Registrations for Housing California's 2021 (Un)Conference are accepted until June 17th. Sign up today to join our team at the following workshops and learning labs taking place June 22-24, 2021!

Advancing Bold Solutions at Scale: California’s Roadmap Home 2030

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

PLENARY | The Roadmap Home 2030 is a bold, long-term plan to create the future we want for California by building affordable homes, protecting low-income renters, ending homelessness, and advancing racial equity and economic inclusion.

  • WelcomeMatt Schwartz, President and CEO, California Housing Partnership
  • Chione Lucina Muñoz Flegal, Managing Director, PolicyLink
  • Zella Knight, Leader, Residents United Network
  • Robin Hughes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Abode Communities
  • Dr. Margot Kushel, Director of the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative
  • Tomiquia Moss, Founder and Chief Executive, All Home

Housing and Homelessness Hot Topics in the State Capitol

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Interact directly with affordable housing and homelessness policy experts and get an inside look at the policy themes dominating the State Capitol in 2021 and what is to come in 2022. Hear the latest on affordable housing and homelessness-related bills sponsored by Housing California and partners, and get all your questions answered from those working in the Capitol.

  • Chris Martin, Policy Director, Housing California
  • Cynthia Castillo, Policy Advocate, Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Mark Stivers, Director of Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy, California Housing Partnership
  • Francisco Dueñas, Executive Director, Housing NOW!

Act Now and Finance the Future: Lenders and Investors Fueling the Ride on the Roadmap Home

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

The scale of housing insecurity, lack of affordability, and homelessness in California, exacerbated by the economic fall-out from COVID-19, calls for bold, innovative solutions. There are major federal and state proposals being developed that would significantly increase the resources available for multifamily affordable housing in California, placing unprecedented challenges and demands on the private financing sector. This workshop brings together leaders in affordable housing finance for a frank discussion not only on current investment and lending market but also on how the lender and investor community can work together to advance the Goals of the Roadmap Home and meet the scale and urgency of these unprecedented challenges, so that every Californian has a safe, stable, and affordable home.

  • Mengxin Zhou, Senior Housing Finance Consultant, California Housing Partnership
  • Zohreh Khodabandelu, Senior Affordable Housing Finance Consultant, Community Economics, Inc.
  • Cécile Chalifour, Managing Director, Community Development Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Javier Guzman, Vice President, Relationship Manager, Community Development Finance, MUFG Union Bank
  • Lisa Gutierrez, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bancorp CDC, US Bank
  • Norma Dominguez, Director, Community Lending & Investment, Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking

Data Tools from the California Housing Partnership

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

LIVE DEMO | The California Housing Partnership provides statewide publications and data tools to facilitate housing research and track outcomes. Visit us at our virtual booth for a 30-minute demonstration of the features and content accessible via our two newest online data tools: 1) California's Affordable Rental Housing Benefits Map, 2) California's Housing Needs Dashboard.

  • Lindsay Rosenfeld, Policy Research Manager, California Housing Partnership

A 21st Century New Deal? The Latest on Federal Affordable Housing and Homelessness Policy

Thursday, June 24, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

LEARNING LAB | DC-based housing policy experts will discuss the outlook for new federal funding and policy initiatives as shaped by the response to the pandemic and the renewed attention of the needs of Black Americans and other people of color. Topics will include an overview of the housing provisions in the latest COVID-19 response and infrastructure legislation, the FY 2021 and proposed FY 2022 HUD funding levels, LIHTC improvements (including lowering the 50% test), and other California priorities. Attendees will have a chance to pose their own questions and discuss advocacy priorities & opportunities for California.

  • Luke Villalobos, Director of Policy and Research, National Housing Conference
  • Marguerite Pridgen, Federal Policy Director, CSH
  • Matt Schwartz, President & CEO, California Housing Partnership
  • Peter Lawrence, Director, Public Policy & Government Relations, Novogradac

LIHTC FUNdamentals

Thursday, June 24, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

LEARNING LAB | The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit remains the most important, yet one of the most complex, financing tools for the creation and preservation of affordable developments in California. This Institute combines lessons from Financial Consultants and presentations from TCAC staff to introduce the nuts and bolts of the tax credit program. Both advanced students as well as beginners will benefit from this interactive session!

  • Claire Parisa, Associate Director, Consulting Supervision – Northern CA, California Housing Partnership
  • Gina Ferguson, Chief – Development Section, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee
  • Lauren Maddock, Director of Portfolio Recapitalization, California Housing Partnership
  • Monjia Belizaire, Housing Finance Consultant, California Housing Partnership

Tax-Exempt Bond FUNdamentals

Thursday, June 24, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

LEARNING LAB | Tax-exempt bonds are a complex financing tool commonly used by affordable housing developers. Accessing this resource has been made even more complex in 2021 with the shift to a competitive allocation process. This Learning Lab will teach you basic and technical requirements, the “who” and “why” of the many participants on those bond closing calls, the process of obtaining a bond allocation, and the costs of issuance. Advanced students as well as beginners will benefit from this interactive session!

  • John Stoecker, Financial Advisor, California Municipal Finance Authority
  • Sherin Bennett, Associate Director of Training, California Housing Partnership
  • William Wilcox, Housing Finance Consultant, California Housing Partnership

Affordable Housing Finance & Development 101

Thursday, June 24, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

LEARNING LAB | The groundbreakings and grand openings get all the press and photo-ops, but this Learning Lab shines a light on what happens behind the scenes from before the shovel goes in to after the ribbon gets cut. We’ll introduce you to the people, agencies, and funding programs that turn affordable housing from an idea to a reality, as well as the forces that shape where that housing is sited, how it looks, and whom it houses.

  • Adrienne Gemheart, Housing Finance Consultant, California Housing Partnership
  • Ben Creed, Housing Finance Consultant, California Housing Partnership
  • Chad Horsford, Senior Housing Finance Consultant, California Housing Partnership
  • Genise Choy, Housing Finance Consultant, California Housing Partnership

We look forward to seeing you next week! Please join our distribution list for more information and news straight to your inbox.

Data Tools from the Partnership
The Partnership provides statewide data tools for housing research and advocacy. Use these tools to:

  • Locate affordable housing properties throughout the state, see what funding sources they utilized and view the benefits they contribute to their local communities.

  • View trends, metrics and key indicators of housing markets by county throughout the state and the annual outcomes of efforts to advocate for, fund, and produce more affordable homes.
Other Upcoming Trainings & Briefings
View current and recent events from the California Housing Partnership.
About the California Housing Partnership
The California Housing Partnership creates and preserves affordable and sustainable homes for Californians with low incomes by providing expert financial and policy solutions to nonprofit and public partners. Since 1988, the Partnership's on-the-ground technical assistance, applied research, and legislative leadership has leveraged $25 billion in private and public financing to preserve and create more than 75,000 affordable homes. |