New Orleans APA session wrap up

 
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Note: this article, authored by Steve Finn, Chair, HHS Division, appeared in Housing and Human Services Quarterly, published by the Housing and Human Services Division of the American Planning Association.
In short, we sponsored two sessions that were well received and attended, and had an engaging business meeting. A summary of those activities follows.
"Financing for Affordable Housing" involved division member Mitzi Barker, AICP (Director, Community Planning and Housing, Rural Alaska Community Action Program) and a local administrator, being Lauren Anderson, Executive Director, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans. The session was a "sell-out," attended by over 250 people! There was an abundance of interest in the subject given the volume of questions and enthusiasm. Mitzi gave an overview that featured a theme of partnering and explanation of opportunities to identify or secure financing. Additionally, she made sure that copies of the award winning Alaska Affordable Housing Development Workbook were available. Lauren focused on specific projects and pro formas. Her theme included a neighborhood based collaboration model and work with an historic preservation commission.
"Partnerships in Housing" involved division members Yana Keck (Planner, Warren County, OH, Regional Planning Commission) and Dean Baumgardner, AICP (Vice President, Heartland Properties, Inc., Madison, WI). The session offered prescribed public and non-profit sector roles and case histories on establishing and achieving affordable housing objectives. Yana provided the history of how a United Way committee grew into a housing advocacy group and has now become functional in terms of developing policies and an agenda. Dean offered several case studies of how properties have been redeveloped to achieve multiple objectives: affordable housing for a broad range of occupants and historic preservation. The Whitney Hotel offers an example of their work. This session was attended by about 125 people and featured numerous questions on financing and structuring the deal.

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