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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Media Contact: Molly Moses
18th Annual Ohio Housing Conference Aims to Further Affordable Housing Initiatives That Strengthen Communities and Families
"Life. Liberty. Home." Begins November 8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center
COLUMBUS – The nation's largest statewide housing conference begins Tuesday, November 8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and will be hosted by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH).
The conference welcomes more than 1,700 attendees from 27 states offering more than 50 industry-related sessions along with daily plenary sessions focused on current state, federal and economic policies affecting the affordable housing industry.
"Affordable housing should remain at the forefront of discussions about improving Ohio communities," said OHFA Executive Director Doug Garver. "The Ohio Housing Conference facilitates an ongoing dialog about the many aspects of the affordable housing industry and the role it plays in shaping communities for future generations. We look forward to providing an open forum to present, discuss and evaluate current and future challenges."
"This conference provides a unique opportunity to explore innovations and showcase best practices in the industry of affordable housing. Resources such as this help to continue the work and further conversions of housing issues that greatly impact Ohio residents, communities and the economy," said Hal Keller, OCCH president.
The conference opens on Tuesday, November 8 with The Ohio Economic Forecast, moderated by Garver and explores current and ongoing affordable housing issues and their impact on Ohio. Speakers include Edward (Ned) Hill, professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University; Beth Riley, senior vice president of George K. Baum & Company's Housing Group based in Denver, Colorado; and Robert Vogt, partner at Vogt Strategic Insights.
The Housing Policy Plenary moderated by Keller, will open Wednesday morning sessions, sponsored by Keybank featuring Michael Novogradac, Managing Partner, Novogradac and Company, LLP; William Faith, Executive Director, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio; and Paul Weech, President and Chief Executive Officer, NeighborWorks America.
Tuesday's networking lunch will feature remarks about the effect the current political climate has on housing from Congressman Pat Tiberi and will also include the presentation of the 2016 William J. Graves Housing Excellence Award.
Angela Blanchard, renowned thought leader, educator and community development specialist will deliver Wednesday's luncheon keynote address. Her proven track record of revitalizing neighborhoods in Houston, TX has become a catalyst for community transformation nationwide.
Visit www.ohiohome.org/ohc16 to learn more about the conference.
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About the Ohio Housing Finance Agency
OHFA is a self-supporting quasi-public agency governed by an 11 member board. The Agency uses federal and state resources to provide housing opportunities for families and individuals through programs designed to develop, preserve and sustain affordable housing throughout the state of Ohio. OHFA is also the administrator of the state's foreclosure prevention program, Save the Dream Ohio.
About the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
OCCH is an independent, mission-driven nonprofit corporation that works with private and public developers to create affordable housing opportunities. OCCH's mission is to cause the construction, rehabilitation and preservation of affordable housing. Since its inception, OCCH has raised and invested more than $3.25 billion in private capital in 700 projects with over 35,000 units of affordable housing.