Over 90 national, state, and local leaders came together in Minneapolis on July 12 to identify effective workforce housing strategies at the National Housing Conference (NHC) and National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Bring Workers Home regional policy forum.
The forum kicked off with remarks from Commissioner Dan Bartholomay of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and a panel discussion about the growing cost of place in Minnesota. The panel, moderated by the Family Housing Fund’s Tom Fulton, feature representatives from ULI Minnesota, CommonBond Communities, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, and Wilder Research.
Keynote speaker Jeffrey Lubell, the executive director of NHC’s research affiliate, the Center for Housing Policy, explained how emerging changes in demand and demographic shifts, as well as expectations of long-term increases in energy costs, are driving new ideas in housing and development.
The Bring Workers Home forum showcased private and public sector solutions to keep up with emerging changes, including the need for collaboration at the federal, state and local levels. Two afternoon panel discussions—both moderated by Samantha DeKoven of the Metropolitan Planning Council—focused on examples of successful workforce housing programs in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The following regional and national partners helped NAR and NHC plan the forum: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; International Economic Development Council; Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors®; the McKnight Foundation; Metropolitan Planning Council; ULI Minnesota; and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.
The Bring Workers Home forum in Minneapolis was the second of four regional workforce housing events that NHC and NAR are hosting throughout 2010. The first forum took place in Atlanta in June, and upcoming regional forums in Austin, Texas (August 12) and Honolulu, Hawaii (October 12) will help to elevate the discussion of workforce housing nationwide.
Regional Forum Resources
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Please direct questions to Lynn Ross, director of state and local initiatives for NHC and the Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 466-2121, Ext. 237.