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Monday, April 30
7:30am
Registration Open
Room: Concourse Time Slot: 07:30 AM Mon 04/30/18

8:00am
Exhibit Hall Open
Room: Exhibit Hall A Time Slot: 08:00 AM Mon 04/30/18

9:00am
Open Plenary - The Future of Housing with Duvernay Honorees
Room: Exhibit Hall B and C Time Slot: 09:00 AM Mon 04/30/18

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The 2018 Building Michigan Communities Conference will kick-off with a panel of past Duvernay award winners. In celebration of the 20th annual conference, this group of experts will share history of the industry and what they see as the future of affordable housing in Michigan. This session will be moderated by John Quinones, ABC News Veteran and Host of What Would You Do?

10:00am
(Tiny) Homeownership
  • by Faith Fowler
Room: Banquet Room 6 & 8 Time Slot: 10:00 AM Mon 04/30/18

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This case study will involve a Tiny Homes development for the formerly homelessness and other low-income adults in Detroit. A project by Cass Community Social Services, the 250-400 sf homes provide a path to homeownership and are helping re-populate vacant property. The session will touch on the importance of homeownership for people living in extreme poverty as well as having services located in close proximity to affordable housing. Finally, the session will cover how to raise money for innovative projects.

Acquisition/Rehab: The Dates & Deadlines
Room: Banquet Room 2 & 4 Time Slot: 10:00 AM Mon 04/30/18

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It's hard to know what is due and when with an acquisition/rehab deal. Here we will review the important dates and deadlines of acquisition/rehab projects. We'll discuss when to create your first files, which files are the qualifying files, the tack-back rule and tack-back files. You'll learn how these files relate to your first-year credits and what to do if you don't have qualified files in place.

Archaeology in Your Community: 14,000 Years of People, Places and Things that Matter Today
  • by Dean L. Anderson, Stacy Tchorzynski
Room: Room 103 Time Slot: 10:00 AM Mon 04/30/18

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Not an archaeologist? Perfect, this session is for you! Whether you’re contemplating a historic district, writing a National Register of Historic Places nomination, revitalizing Main Street, or planning ground-disturbing work, it’s important to understand the potential for archaeological resources to be present. Session presenters will use case studies and hands-on artifacts to provide an overview of Michigan archaeology, the State Archaeological Site File and applying National Register Criterion D. Learn how to integrate archaeology into your planning regimen and understand archaeology’s contributions to heritage tourism and contemporary community-building.

Bridging the Gap
Room: Room 203 & 204 Time Slot: 10:00 AM Mon 04/30/18

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Capital Impact Partners and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis both provide gap funding for the development or preservation of affordable rental housing. These are great programs to access funds you may not have known are available. Learn the best practices for applying for scarce gap funding and explore case studies of the financing in action.

Community Reinvestment Act Dollars: What Are They and How Can I Get Some?
Room: Room 205 Time Slot: 10:00 AM Mon 04/30/18

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Many people and organizations approach banks looking to access CRA dollars. In this session we remove all of the myth and mystery surrounding bank funding. Learn about the CRA and the various levels of compliance for different-sized financial institutions. Attendees will leave better equipped to approach financial institution partners and prospects with a deeper level of understanding that will enhance their ability to receive bank funding for their projects and programs.

Do You Want to Buy, Build or Repair a Home in Rural Michigan?
Room: Room 104 Time Slot: 10:00 AM Mon 04/30/18

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Finding affordable financing for new construction, existing dwelling purchases or home repairs can be a struggle. Well, look no further, USDA Rural Development finances home purchases and home improvements at fixed interest rates with no money down. Our Single Family Housing Programs provide a diverse package of loans and grants to assist families in Rural Michigan. Join us as we discuss these awesome programs!

HMIS: Roundtable Discussion
  • by Gerry Leslie
Room: Room 101 & 102 Time Slot: 10:00 AM Mon 04/30/18

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This HMIS session is one of several workshops being offered at the conference that would be advantageous for HMIS System Administrators, Agency Administrators and high functioning End Users to attend. This particular session will be in the format of a roundtable discussion where we will be sharing best practices and innovative ideas about what is working throughout the state in HMIS.

HUD Continuum of Care Program Updates
  • by Keith Hernandez
Room: Banquet Room 5 & 7 Time Slot: 10:00 AM Mon 04/30/18

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To assist Continuums of Care recipients, subrecipients, and stakeholders in successfully implementing the requirements of the CoC Program, the Director of Community Planning and Development for the Michigan Field Office will provide highlights and focus areas for the program.

Immigration Essentials for Service Providers
  • by Susan Reed
Room: Room 201 Time Slot: 10:00 AM Mon 04/30/18

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Over the past year there have been several important changes to immigration policy and enforcement. Many service providers have questions about what this means for current clients or how they can improve service to immigrant communities. This session will take a closer look at the impacts on housing and homeless service providers, with lessons that may be applied to other service providers as well. Learn more about immigration and what you can do in your role as a service provider or community based organization.

Issues with Converting to Permanent Loans
  • by Bruce Gerhardt, Trey Phillips, Brian Gallaher
Room: Governors Room Time Slot: 10:00 AM Mon 04/30/18

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Panel discussion about the issues with closing on the forward permanent loan. The panel will talk about issues with getting 90 days at 1.15 DSC, hitting qualified occupancy, cost overruns, and issues with resizing the permanent loan amount.

Planning a Successful Community Event
  • by Susan Andrews, Emily Reyst
Room: Room 202 Time Slot: 10:00 AM Mon 04/30/18

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Many community organizations, main street programs and nonprofit groups want to host an event to benefit their community. Whether it is hosting a class for people interested in home ownership or bringing people downtown for a festival some of the same concepts for marketing and event planning apply.

Year 15 - Valuation Techniques
  • by Alan Johns, Luan Nguyen, Michael Stefanko
Room: Banquet Room 1 & 3 Time Slot: 10:00 AM Mon 04/30/18

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into how tax credit properties are being valued in the marketplace.

11:45am
Lunch - Tiny House Build Introduction and Keynote - John Quinones
Room: Exhibit Hall B and C Time Slot: 11:45 AM Mon 04/30/18

1:30pm
Disruptive Innovation: Ending Youth Homelessness
Room: Room 205 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Mon 04/30/18

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The session will delve into the efforts undertaken by Community Rebuilders and our partners in Kent County to increase our community’s capacity to serve homeless youth. This process required collaboration, systems integration and creative problem solving.

Helping Families Build Assets - Part 1: Concepts and Policies
Room: Banquet Room 6 & 8 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Mon 04/30/18

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Assets - savings accounts, homeownership, college savings, emergency funds - are the resources necessary to turn a family’s dream into reality. Without assets, families face financial instability, derailing their long-term financial self-sufficiency. Promoting and protecting asset building has long since been major policy of the United States. This session connects seasoned veterans or first-time learners with the state and national organizations that are committed to advancing policies and practices that help financially vulnerable populations build assets and achieve greater financial security.

HMIS: Continuum of Care Leadership and Community Stakeholders
  • by Gerry Leslie, Kittie Tuinstra
Room: Room 202 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Mon 04/30/18

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This HMIS session is one of several workshops being offered at the conference. HMIS, data and outcomes are often confusing topics for CoC/Agency leaders and Community Stakeholders. This session will shed a light on what an HMIS is, and why data is important to your work as your community works to end homelessness

HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration
  • by Douglas Gordon, Jennifer Hall, Bruce Gerhardt
Room: Banquet Room 1 & 3 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Mon 04/30/18

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Provides public housing commissions and FHA-backed multifamily developments with an overview and update on the status of HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration.

Innovations in Affordable Homeownership
Room: Room 101 & 102 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Mon 04/30/18

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Homeownership remains the key means that most American families build and retain wealth. Since the Great Recession, a false narrative has remained resilient that low- and moderate-income homeowners and the programs designed to facilitate homeownership caused the foreclosure crisis. This session will use on the ground examples of innovative strategies to advance and sustain homeownership to highlight policy and programmatic solutions from Michigan and across the country. We will explore the use of manufactured homes, land banking and other approaches to reducing the costs and barriers to homeownership.

Integrated Affordable Housing for Adults on the Autism Spectrum
  • by Elliot Frank, Karen Markle
Room: Banquet Room 5 & 7 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Mon 04/30/18

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Dave Wright Apartments is the first autistic inclusive affordable housing community in the nation for adults with autism integrated and living together with non-autistic individuals and families. Support services are provided to all residents regardless of disability. The physical plant is designed with unique features to support autistic residents such as wide corridors, large communal rooms and alcove areas along with pictorial signage to assist residents with their daily living activities. There are 42 units consisting of 36 one-bedroom and 8 two-bedroom apartments with 21 set aside for autistic adults.

MSHDA's Key to Own Homeownership Program
  • by Lisa Lehman
Room: Room 104 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Mon 04/30/18

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Using the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher to move from renting to owning your own home! Learn how MSHDA has been successful in leading the Voucher Participants to economic self-sufficiency and homeownership through their nationally recognized program. The Key Own Homeownership Program is one of the top programs in the nation in changing the lives of our citizens here in Michigan.

SMARketing-Low Cost, No Cost Marketing
  • by Dawn Ford, Megan Orser
Room: Room 201 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Mon 04/30/18

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Are you looking for tried and true methods for finding your communities hidden marketing potential? This course comes from first-hand experience with our past and current in the trenches exposure on-site with market comparison studies, effective outreach methods, direct mailers, building value, resident retention, lease-up, and, of course, fun and low, no cost marketing methods.

The Complexities of Compliance for LIHTC Projects Layered with HOME
Room: Banquet Room 2 & 4 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Mon 04/30/18

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In this session we'll discuss the complexities surrounding the LIHTC program compliance when layered with the HOME program. Although they are based off the same compliance foundation, there are notable differences that must be understood and rules for each that we must adhere to. Here, you'll learn those differences and how to remain compliant with both programs. We'll take a look at what a layered unit's qualified file contains and discuss what should be included in the file.

Turn Millennial (and other) Renters into Buyers
  • by Denise Keiser
Room: Room 103 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Mon 04/30/18

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Learn how to engage younger home buyers and encourage them to consider homeownership. Build the skill set you need to assist them in overcoming the barriers of homeownership they are likely to encounter. Become versed in mortgage products, guidelines, and processes available to first-time homebuyers. Master the qualifying parameters related to employment history requirements for recent college graduates, nontraditional credit guidelines, and student loan repayment plans. Explore creative solutions to help guide younger buyers through challenging hurdles that are common during the home buying and mortgage closing process.

2:45pm
Networking Break
Time Slot: 02:45 PM Mon 04/30/18

3:00pm
Acquisition and Rehab Compliance Quiz Show
Room: Banquet Room 2 & 4 Time Slot: 03:00 PM Mon 04/30/18

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In this session we'll test what you learned or what you know about the dates and deadlines for acquisition and rehab projects. Put your knowledge to the test during this one-on-one competition of compliance skill. Let's have fun with compliance in this Acquisition/Rehab Compliance Quiz Show.

Affordable Housing: Using Cross-Sector Collaboration to Unlock Resources
Room: Banquet Room 5 & 7 Time Slot: 03:00 PM Mon 04/30/18

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Many communities are facing a lack of affordable housing. In this session participants will learn about state and federal policy related to affordable housing, as well as hear about the efforts from Ottawa and Washtenaw Counties have undertaken to address the issue locally.

Creating Capacity and Impact through AmeriCorps
  • by Bridget Ferrigan, Kelli Beavers, Rachel Diskin, Mellena Martinez, Dannielle Laura, Maggie Harris, Sami Chau
Room: Room 203 & 204 Time Slot: 03:00 PM Mon 04/30/18

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Does your agency want to grow its impact on your community? Are you expanding your programming or want to start something new? AmeriCorps may be the answer! Join this session to learn directly from other housing-focused agencies on the impact AmeriCorps has had on their operations and services and how your agency can also benefit from hosting an AmeriCorps member.

Detroit Horse Power - A Unique Urban Revitalization Story
Room: Room 201 Time Slot: 03:00 PM Mon 04/30/18

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Come learn how we are combining youth development / empowerment, innovative land use, and integration of two disconnected communities (urban Detroiters and equestrians) - be ready to bring your best ideas and challenge your thinking on what the next generation of urban revitalization looks like and join us in thinking about how grassroots organizations like DHP can scale up along with Detroit's revitalization.

FHLBI's Cycle of Homeownership Assistance
  • by Ronna Edwards, Rori Chaney
Room: Room 104 Time Slot: 03:00 PM Mon 04/30/18

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This session will describe how FHLBI’s affordable housing funding promotes a positive cycle of homeownership, from assisting homebuyers to acquire their first home, to rehabilitation assistance for existing homeowners, and accessibility modifications to help senior homeowners age in place or make homes more accessible for households with a disabled member. You will work with community lenders, including credit unions and insurance companies to access these grant funds to assist income eligible homebuyers and homeowners in your community.

Helping Families Build Assets - Part 2: Adapting Programs for Your Organization
Room: Banquet Room 6 & 8 Time Slot: 03:00 PM Mon 04/30/18

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Leading off from the first Helping Families Build Assets, “Concepts and Policies” session, Adapting Programs for Your Organization will introduce community partners to asset building projects, programs and policies within the State of Michigan that can be adapted to find your organization's scope of service.

Housing Assessments for Your Community
  • by Van Adams
Room: Governors Room Time Slot: 03:00 PM Mon 04/30/18

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This session describes MSHDA's Housing Assessment product and process. Using this free tool, communities can start a housing planning process tailored to their local market dynamics. Other tools, such as a mini target market analysis, the new Office of Market Research website and the upcoming Statewide Housing Needs Assessment will also be introduced

Michigan Childhood Lead Exposure Elimination Commission's Action Plan
  • by Christine Callahan, Paul Haan, Mona Hanna-Attisha, Tina Reynolds, Rebecca Meuninck, Bill Ridella, Lyke Thompson, Al Vanderberg, Jack Schinderle, Barton Pickelman, Courtney Wisinski, Eden Wells, Daniel Lince
Room: Room 205 Time Slot: 03:00 PM Mon 04/30/18

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Members of Michigan's Childhood Lead Exposure Elimination Commission will present items in their draft actions plan and solicit your feedback. The Commission's action plan includes several policy and regulatory recommendations that would impact housing.

Sustainable Living through Energy Efficiency
  • by Karen Gould, David Walker, Brad Bartholomew, Mary Templeton, Theresa Schmidt
Room: Room 103 Time Slot: 03:00 PM Mon 04/30/18

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Energy efficiency has helped numerous State of Michigan residents realize the multitude of benefits of an energy healthy home. Comfort, reduced costs, and contributing to a greener and cleaner environment are just a few of those benefits. Through creative financing, and emerging technology, energy waste reduction is gaining increased recognition as a utility supply-side resource which not only reduces the burden of energy costs on our state's residences and businesses, but also increases the state's electric reliability future. This panel will at a minimum introduce you to the options available to help homeowners create energy healthy, more sustainable homes.

The Development Process
  • by Mark McDaniel
Room: Banquet Room 1 & 3 Time Slot: 03:00 PM Mon 04/30/18

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An entertaining workshop that provides a comprehensive overview of the real estate development process. The session outlines the sequences of activities and the roles played by development team members as you move through the various stages of development planning, design, finance, government, approvals, construction, lease-up, and operations.

Why Giving Up on Homeownership is Giving In
Room: Room 101 & 102 Time Slot: 03:00 PM Mon 04/30/18

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Homeownership remains the major driver of wealth creation in the United States. However, since the financial crisis of a decade ago, a false narrative has helped derail the dream. This session will explore the history of homeownership's challenges and successes, and how we can move forward.

4:15pm
Partner Family Feud and Reception
Room: Exhibit Hall B and C Time Slot: 04:15 PM Mon 04/30/18

Tuesday, May 1
7:30am
Breakfast
Room: Exhibit Hall B and C Time Slot: 07:30 AM Tue 05/01/18

Exhibit Hall Open
Room: Exhibit Hall A Time Slot: 07:30 AM Tue 05/01/18

Registration Open
Room: Concourse Time Slot: 07:30 AM Tue 05/01/18

8:30am
Bits and Bobs: Real Estate Ownership and Legal Shenanigans Part 1 of 6
  • by Michael Holloway
Room: Room 203 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 05/01/18

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Many people may be surprised by how interests in real estate are addressed in the real world. Join us for case studies and stories of owners, real estate agents and landlords that will be nothing if not entertaining.

Data Driven Results: More Than Just Reporting the Numbers
  • by Erica Tobe
Room: Banquet Room 2 & 4 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 05/01/18

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Although participant numbers are important, seeking information that supports the impact and outcome of the programming that is implemented is important. Answering questions, such as, "what difference did our program make," "what changed as a result of our program," and "why should our funders fund us" is critical if we want to sustain programs over time and continue to be relevant. However, this approach can be difficult, time consuming, and often seem impossible. This session will define what is often coined as "data driven," begin to demystify the process, and provide examples from Michigan.

Decriminalizing Homelessness: Data, Priorities and Solutions
  • by Laurel Burchfield
Room: Banquet Room 1 & 3 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 05/01/18

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The national campaign Housing Not Handcuffs points to an alarming trend within American communities: individuals experiencing homelessness are increasingly being criminalized for acts associated with homelessness, including panhandling and sleeping in public. This can lead to a cycle of arrests, fines, and discrimination that can make accessing services and housing increasingly difficult. In Michigan, we see another trend in the lack of affordable housing available to returning citizens.This session will introduce participants to issues regarding the criminalization of homelessness and discrimination against individuals with a criminal record in Michigan and identify efforts to combat this issue in our communities.

Double Your Nonprofit's Viability
  • by Dave Sullivan
Room: Room 103 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 05/01/18

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Stop spending all of your advertising budgets like its 2005. I will explain how I went from zero to a million views and 20,000 followers/subscribers spending almost no money. We are in a unique time in marketing and if we don't take advantage of it will be gone forever. We will cover how to create videos that people will watch and how to get them viewed for $0. How to use LinkedIn to move your organization forward at all levels. I will share the complete guide on how use Facebook ads targeting the exact people you are trying to reach.

Ending Veterans Homelessness - Getting to Functional Zero
  • by Douglas Gordon, Rod Desjardins, Beverly Ebersold, Patricia Wolschon, Kelly Rose, Tamika Littles, Anna Diaz
Room: Room 101 & 102 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 05/01/18

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Join us with community partners across the state for an interactive discussion ending veteran homelessness. In addition to local programs, state and national representatives will be on hand to provide additional guidance and updates as best practices and initiatives are discussed.

Ground Up - Strategic Retail and Commercial Development in Mixed-Use Affordable Developments
Room: Banquet Room 6 & 8 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 05/01/18

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Our cross-state all-female panel will walk through case-studies of neighborhood mixed-use affordable developments where entrepreneurial retail and commercial are being used as a catalyst for regional and national retail attraction. Our case studies include: Jefferson Chalmers, Detroit; Portage Street, Kalamazoo. Each perspective will touch on the strengths and weaknesses of entrepreneurial retail and commercial in the neighborhoods and potential out of the box tools and ideas for the future.

Housing Tax Credit Syndicator Panel
Room: Banquet Room 5 & 7 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 05/01/18

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Tax credit syndicators who are active in the Michigan housing tax credit equity market will give their outlook for the housing tax credit market. Panelists will discuss what investors are looking for in future housing investments and the outlook for the program in 2018.

LIHTC Fundamentals Course
  • by Karen Graham
Room: Room 204 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 05/01/18

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Pre registration required

Maximizing Resources to Create Options for Individuals Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence
  • by Karen Porter, Valerie Hoffman
Room: Room 202 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 05/01/18

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Join us in exploring creative and practical strategies to secure and maintain stable housing that maximizes local, state and federal resources and builds a framework that supports homeless individuals and families who have experienced intimate partner violence.

Sustainable, Practical Marketing
Room: Room 104 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Tue 05/01/18

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Being able to market your organization is contingent on having the right words. You need to be able to represent your organization in a way that makes them empathetic to your mission. This workshop is intended to lead participants through the process of discovering the best way to talk about their cause and immediately apply that language to their communications strategy. Participants will think about and compose ideas that relate directly to their own organization that they can take back and use.

10:00am
Networking Break
Time Slot: 10:00 AM Tue 05/01/18

10:15am
Assistance Animals as Reasonable Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
  • by Shannon Baltimore, Tihana Swanson
Room: Room 104 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Tue 05/01/18

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An overview of the rules and guidance relating to assistance animals as reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities presented by HUD's Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity division.

Attract, Retain and Motivate - 8 Tips for Finding and Keeping Top Talent
  • by Mark McDaniel
Room: Room 101 & 102 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Tue 05/01/18

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Ask most high performing organizations about their #1 asset, and they'll tell you it's the people. And for good reason. Talent possesses the intellectual capital that differentiates an organization from its competitors. Talented staff possess the creativity to innovate, the expertise to problem solve and the ideas to keep an organization nimble and relevant to clients and customers. This session will provide suggestions to help you find that top talent and ensure it sticks with you and your organization for years to come.

Bits and Bobs: Real Estate Ownership and Legal Shenanigans Part 2 of 6
  • by Michael Holloway
Room: Room 203 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Tue 05/01/18

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Many people may be surprised by how interests in real estate are addressed in the real world. Join us for case studies and stories of owners, real estate agents and landlords that will be nothing if not entertaining.

Building Partnerships to End Homelessness
Room: Banquet Room 2 & 4 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Tue 05/01/18

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This session covers how to effectively bring together property management, service providers and rental subsidy sources to successfully navigate the challenges that arise when housing the homeless in LIHTC properties.

Incorporating Green Features in Multifamily Housing
  • by Tim Skrotzki, Victor Abla, Matt Hollander
Room: Banquet Room 5 & 7 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Tue 05/01/18

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Incorporating Green Features in Multifamily housing is a great way to preserve affordable housing! Energy efficiency is a proven way to save operating costs. From the Detroit LISC’s Multifamily Green Initiative to Hollander Development’s work in western Michigan we will show how owners of occupied multifamily affordable housing stabilize operating costs, decrease energy use, and provide higher quality of life while preserving affordable housing. Our panel will also discuss opportunities to add solar after energy efficiency upgrades are complete. While solar on multifamily properties is new to most, ROI can be achieved quickly and IRRs can be as high as 10 percent.

Structuring Mixed-Use/Income Developments
  • by Rob Edwards, Ted Rozeboom, Chris Potterpin
Room: Banquet Room 1 & 3 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Tue 05/01/18

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A mixed-use development is a real estate project with planned integration of some combination of retail, office, residential, hotel, recreation or other functions. It is pedestrian-oriented and contains elements of a live-work-play environment. It maximizes space usage, has amenities and architectural expression and tends to mitigate traffic and sprawl. Developing Mixed – Use and/or a Mixed Use Development is a newer trend in affordable housing and downtown development. Experienced accounting and legal experts will discuss the complex legal and financial issues involved in developing mixed-use used and mixed-income properties, which may combine commercial space along with affordable rental housing.

The Equifax Hack, Fannie Mae Stops Using Credit Scores and more in Credit Score News
  • by Dave Sullivan
Room: Room 103 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Tue 05/01/18

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In this session, we will be covering the major Breaking News in the Credit Industry over the last year including:The 1 thing you should have done regarding the Equifax Hack.Will Fannie Mae stop using FICO scores this year?Why you should never pay your bills on the due date again.Why paying collections will hurt your score almost every time.The only good score improvement strategy that works.How many credit cards should you have and what type score the highest.The best way handle student loan debt after graduation.

The Intersection of Housing and Healthcare
  • by Lynn Hendges, Paula Kaiser Van Dam
Room: Governors Room Time Slot: 10:15 AM Tue 05/01/18

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Housing has a direct impact on positive health outcomes and the management of chronic health conditions. The integration of healthcare and housing not only illustrates the importance of housing as a social determinant, it demonstrates how the introduction of permanent housing can significantly influence the long term health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. Join this session to learn what the research says and how it demonstrates the positive impact of housing on healthcare outcomes. Presenters will describe efforts underway to identify the population of homeless individuals with chronic health conditions in order to actively address their housing needs. Examples from local housing providers of Medicaid billing for housing case management services will also be provided.

Vacant not Blighted: Michigan Historic Preservation Network’s Detroit Preservation Demonstration Project
  • by Jennifer Reinhardt
Room: Banquet Room 6 & 8 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Tue 05/01/18

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In 2013, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and several partners launched a pilot program in Detroit with the goal to build and nurture a local preservation ethic and demonstrate the impact of historic preservation in a “tipping-point” neighborhood. Join us to discuss how communities can use small-scale interventions—the rehabilitation of a single house, physical improvements on a block, small-scale job-training or skills education, for example—to spur greater neighborhood impact.

12:00pm
Awards Luncheon
Room: Exhibit Hall B and C Time Slot: 12:00 PM Tue 05/01/18

1:30pm
Bits and Bobs: Real Estate Ownership and Legal Shenanigans Part 3 of 6
  • by Michael Holloway
Room: Room 203 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Many people may be surprised by how interests in real estate are addressed in the real world. Join us for case studies and stories of owners, real estate agents and landlords that will be nothing if not entertaining.

Harm Reduction Strategies for Supportive Housing
Room: Room 101 & 102 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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A panel of experts will discuss how to implement Harm Reduction Strategies in the context of planning CoC systems, operating individual supportive housing projects, and from the perspective of lived experience. Audience members will be encouraged to actively participate by asking questions or sharing their expertise.

Leading with Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in the Workplace
Room: Banquet Room 2 & 4 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Organizational leaders play an important role in setting the tone for the shift towards increased diversity, inclusiveness and equity in an organization. Open, effective communication, as well as clear channels for feedback optimizes the opportunity for discussion of issues related to inclusion and discrimination. Every organization starts from a different place and in a unique context, but all have room for improvement. Join Cinnaire and Engaged Consulting as they share their steps in creating the diversity strategies for Cinnaire. In the discussion, they will share best practices and their journey to building an inclusive workplace.

Learn, Share, Connect: Using Online and Offline Relationships to Strengthen Community Organizations
  • by Shamyle Dobbs, Amber Umscheid
Room: Room 202 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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In an age where more people are connecting with others and receiving information online than ever before, how can community development organizations be responsive to this trend while honoring the importance of face-to-face relationships to strengthen communities? In this interactive session, learn how Neighborhood Exchange is using multiple methods of relationship building online and offline to help community organizations learn, share, and connect with one another. You will walk away with tangible ways to do the same in your community and learn how your organization can use Neighborhood Exchange as a tool.

Lessons Learned: Preserving, Recapitalizing or Exiting LIHTC Affordable Housing in Detroit
  • by Victor Abla, Margaret Dewar, Latoya Morgan, Julie Schneider, Dennis Quinn
Room: Banquet Room 5 & 7 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Cities across the country are grappling with to the effect of expiring LIHTC developments in communities. Detroit is facing a critical mass of units that are facing expiration with varying degrees of need and Identifying long term solutions to maintain affordability in decent housing is essential. Little research or best practices are available on how cities have addressed preservation of expiring LIHTC developments. Join this session to learn about the work of the project convened by the CDAD Technical Workgroup in partnership with University of Michigan to understand solutions for projects before and after expiration of tax credits.

Maximizing Rents - Market Comparison Mysteries SOLVED!
  • by Elaine Simpson
Room: Banquet Room 1 & 3 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Are you getting the maximum allowed rents for your apartments and programs at your community? Have you pushed your rents as high as the market calls for? Are you beating out your competition? Do you know your competition inside and out? When asked how your community is positioned in your market do you answer without hesitation and with confidence? Have you done a SWAT analysis on your community recently?

Mortality and Other Metrics that Matter: Using Health to Frame Equity in Community Work
  • by Zaje Harrell
Room: Banquet Room 6 & 8 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Even a cursory review of community stories demonstrate that some groups have thrived at the center while others have struggled along the margins. Inequity within a community system can be evidenced in racial and gender disparities in health. Three dimensions offer a way to understand issues of equity within community: 1) birth circumstances and outcomes, 2) physical impairment and disability and mental health indicators including substance use and misuse rates and 3) mortality. These dimensions will be discussed in terms of the multiple systems that they impact (i.e., workforce, education). Recommendations for building equitable community structures will be discussed.

MSHDA's Homeownership Programs: Delivering the Dream to Michigan Families
  • by Nancy Baker
Room: Room 104 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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This session provides an overview of MSHDA mortgage products (MI Home Loan, MI Home Loan Flex, Michigan Down Payment), the Mortgage Credit Certificate (a federal homebuyer tax credit), and Homeownership Education services.

Organizational Sustainability
  • by Tamela Spicer
Room: Room 103 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Leadership transitions can move an organization forward or hold it back. Good succession planning can help insure the long-term sustainability of an organization. This workshop will help both staff and board leadership understand the need for succession planning, as well as create an understanding of the elements necessary for good succession planning.

Preventing Energy Insecurity: Stability for the Most Vulnerable Households
  • by Whitney Skeans, Susan Corbin, Darcy Cunningham
Room: Room 205 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Home energy costs can be an overwhelming burden for low income households in our state leading to economic, housing and health insecurities. Learn from Michigan utilities and agency grantees of the Michigan Energy Assistance Program about programs in Michigan that are working to enable participants to move towards energy self-sufficiency. The State of Michigan also has special utility protections in place for senior citizens, low income customers and households struggling with medical emergencies.

REAC Updates and Strategies
  • by David Rudolph, Andrew Uzzle
Room: Governors Room Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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HUD staff Andrew Uzzle will join Cinnaire's David Rudolph to discuss updates to the REAC inspection and strategies for better scores.

Tax Credit Development 301
  • by Michael Stefanko, Rob Edwards, Ben Stehouwer
Room: Room 201 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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This advanced course will cover 704(b) issues, eligible basis issues, minimum gain, maximizing first year credits, year 15 and early exits.

3:00pm
Networking Break
Time Slot: 03:00 PM Tue 05/01/18

3:30pm
Analysis of a Troubled Deal
Room: Banquet Room 1 & 3 Time Slot: 03:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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A closer look at troubled deals using a case study. This session will focus on stakeholder identification and the tools necessary to properly negotiate the terms of an action plan. The discussion will include ways to create buy-in from the relevant stakeholders and an exploration of how you should be defining a successful negotiation.

Bits and Bobs: Real Estate Ownership and Legal Shenanigans Part 4 of 6
  • by Michael Holloway
Room: Room 203 Time Slot: 03:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Many people may be surprised by how interests in real estate are addressed in the real world. Join us for case studies and stories of owners, real estate agents and landlords that will be nothing if not entertaining.

Debt Options for Affordable Housing Developments from Pre-development to Stabilization
  • by Jack Bernhard, Stephanie Socall, David Wilkins, John Hundt, Greg Mayernik
Room: Banquet Room 6 & 8 Time Slot: 03:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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This panel will feature experienced lenders from the public and private sectors who will discuss the current options in the marketplace to finance affordable housing developments. Topics will include financing for all development stages including predevelopment, construction, and stabilization.

How to Create Synergies with Religious Congregations
  • by Shanta Premawardhana
Room: Room 201 Time Slot: 03:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Religious congregations are among the most stable and organized entities in most communities. Over 40% of Americans participate in congregations and 73% of charitable giving comes through religious organizations. The economic value of congregations is usually hidden but has been demonstrated in many recent studies. However, recent trend toward dwindling numbers has created an opportunity for business, government and community organizations to find synergies with congregations in their neighborhood. Learn how to listen to religious language, understand religious leaders and create valuable partnerships.

How to Mobilize 11,000 Volunteers in Six Days and Raise Millions of Dollars
Room: Room 103 Time Slot: 03:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Get an inside look at a startup organization: how it began, where it struggles, and how it succeeds. Life Remodeled is a Detroit-based nonprofit that invests approximately $5 million in cash, labor and materials into one Detroit neighborhood each year. Projects are determined by the community’s needs and vision. Life Remodeled partners assist in three areas: Remodeling a community asset, repairing owner-occupied homes, and mobilizing 10,000 volunteers to clean up 300 city blocks in six days. Every phase is about people transformation, those served and those who are serving.

HUD Multifamily Update
Room: Banquet Room 5 & 7 Time Slot: 03:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Detroit HUD staff will cover a broad range of topics, including Multifamily FHA insured loans, streamline refinancing of existing Multifamily insured loans, changes to REAC inspection process, consolidated management reviews, risk-based servicing of Multifamily properties, and a new Capital Needs Assessment tool.

My Story: Personal Stories About Homelessness and Why They Matter
  • by Laurel Burchfield
Room: Room 101 & 102 Time Slot: 03:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Personal stories are an intimate way to learn about homelessness through the words of someone who has experienced it. For many, including those who are responsible for making the policies, practices and programs that impact this population, this is the closest they will come to ever experiencing homelessness themselves. Witness these candid tales of homelessness and learn more about the new Homeless Speakers Bureau and the power of storytelling. Only by better understanding homelessness – real homelessness and the individuals and families who have experienced it – can we hope to end it.

Old Building Teaches New Tricks
  • by Ernest Zachary, Alexander Zachary, Diane Van Buren
Room: Room 202 Time Slot: 03:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Can lessons learned from an historic building renovation be applied to planning a 21st century mid-rise high tech and high performance residential project located in an historic district? The developers of the 71 Garfield Building will describe how the plans to incorporate renewable energy systems (solar and geothermal) into their historic rehab project forced innovative financing and engineering solutions that are helping to steer the planning for new construction across the street. Developers will share these results, and show that the challenges of incorporating sustainability goals can be accomplished within a budget and will pay off in reduced operating costs.

Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS: Housing Wrap Around Services
  • by Lynn Hendges, Katie Macomber
Room: Room 205 Time Slot: 03:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Join us to learn about the intersections between housing and HIV health outcomes. Hear from leaders in the field how the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program and the Ryan White program provide opportunities to people living with HIV/AIDS. HOPWA is the only Federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. The Ryan White program is a program that provides wrap-around services for low-income people living with HIV. Find out what these programs are and why they are important to you. Discuss confidentiality concerns with your peers and strategize around coordinated entry.

Red Flags: What to Look Out for Before Making an Offer on a Home
  • by Michael Hoberecht
Room: Room 104 Time Slot: 03:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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RED FLAGS! What you need to know about that home BEFORE you make an offer.

Value Engineering Construction Costs
  • by Jeff Gates, James Stephens, Matt Kompara, Nate Ward
Room: Banquet Room 2 & 4 Time Slot: 03:30 PM Tue 05/01/18

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Costs related to construction have been increasing over the past couple of years. The panel will discuss ways to lower construction costs at the deal level.

Wednesday, May 2
7:30am
Breakfast Speaker - Mark Horvath
Room: Exhibit Hall B and C Time Slot: 07:30 AM Wed 05/02/18

Registration Open
Room: Concourse Time Slot: 07:30 AM Wed 05/02/18

8:30am
"Congratulations, Your Grant Was Approved!" How to Write and Win Grants
Room: Banquet Room 6 & 8 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/02/18

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Successful grantsmanship involves more than just writing and submitting grant proposals. This exciting session with a panel of seasoned professional grant-makers and writers from the foundation, financial institution and nonprofit sectors will use a variety of presentation styles, including a breakout section, to explain how to improve your ability to win and keep grants. If you are an agency head, board member or grant writer from a nonprofit organization, this session will get you excited about growing your organization. Come and build your success in winning grants.

Bits and Bobs: Real Estate Ownership and Legal Shenanigans Part 5 of 6
  • by Michael Holloway
Room: Room 203 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/02/18

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Many people may be surprised by how interests in real estate are addressed in the real world. Join us for case studies and stories of owners, real estate agents and landlords that will be nothing if not entertaining.

Coordinated Entry Systems: What’s Working and What’s Not
  • by Lindsey Bishop Gilmore
Room: Banquet Room 7 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/02/18

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Local CoCs were tasked with implementing policies and procedures for a Coordinated Entry System by January 2018. Now that they have been implemented, it’s a good opportunity to review. This facilitated forum will provide communities with the opportunity to have a frank discussion of what is working and areas that they may need to revisit and seek assistance from colleagues across the state. Special attention will be focused on implementation of policies related to domestic violence and prioritization.

Domicology: A Comprehensive Approach to Structural Abandonment
  • by Rex LaMore, George Berghorn
Room: Room 201 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/02/18

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This session will discuss solutions to large scale property abandonment and blight that plague communities in the Midwest. We will discuss the causes, and the social, economic and environmental effects of blight in communities; will introduce a new paradigm of the built environment—hinging on the study of structural lifecycles, otherwise known as Domicology; and discuss the potential for job creation and use of salvaged materials in the construction of new affordable housing units. This will be an interactive session, where participants will have the ability to share their knowledge, and opinions on economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable blight elimination.

Empowering Neighborhood Development
  • by Maggie DeSantis
Room: Banquet Room 3 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/02/18

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Round table discussion with neighborhood leaders identifying state incentives to enhance neighborhood development.The panel of leaders will discuss incentives offered in other states that could be duplicated in Michigan to support operations, technical assistance, programs that promote vibrant neighborhoods.

Homeless Traumas: Lessons on How to Not Re-Traumatize Your Clients
Room: Room 104 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/02/18

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This interactive session will guide participants through what a person, or family, experiences as they go through their homeless journey. The curriculum, grounded in an evidence based framework, will help participants in identifying the multiple layers of trauma that people experience while surviving their homelessness. Furthermore, this session will equip participants with tools and techniques to not re-traumatize the clients who they work with on a daily basis.

LIHTC Advanced Course and Exam
  • by Karen Graham
Room: Room 204 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/02/18

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Pre registration required

Multifamily Housing Roundtable: Discussing Different Asset Management Processes
Room: Banquet Room 1 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/02/18

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HUD staff will present and discuss different asset management processes in a roundtable format. Assignment of HAPs/8bb Transactions, REAC Under 60 60 Enforcement Actions, Enforcement Actions for Non-Compliance issues, Annual Financial Issues-Civil Money Penalties and Reserve for Replacement Draws will be discussed.

Our Homes, Our Voices: Taking Action to Expand Resources for Housing Programs
  • by TBD NLIHC
Room: Banquet Room 5 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/02/18

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This session will provide an overview of the federal budget and threats to housing programs. Attendees will learn the important role of their input and perspective in the way policy makers support programs from the capitol buildings in DC and Lansing. Presenters will show how effective advocacy brought a 10% increase to the overall HUD budget in FY18, and will discuss looming challenges in the proposed budgets for FY19. Join the conversation on how policy decisions impact our efforts to end homelessness in Michigan.

Turning Your Concept for a Neighborhood Housing Project into Reality
  • by Tonya Young, Jermaine Ruffin, Chris Lussier, Roxanne Case, Michele Wildman
Room: Room 103 Time Slot: 08:30 AM Wed 05/02/18

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This session will focus on the best practices and tools as well as examples of how agencies have moved a neighborhood housing-oriented project from a vision to a reality in Michigan.

10:00am
Networking Break
Time Slot: 10:00 AM Wed 05/02/18

10:15am
Bits and Bobs: Real Estate Ownership and Legal Shenanigans Part 6 of 6
  • by Michael Holloway
Room: Room 203 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Wed 05/02/18

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Many people may be surprised by how interests in real estate are addressed in the real world. Join us for case studies and stories of owners, real estate agents and landlords that will be nothing if not entertaining.

Building Local Economies through Good Food Financing
  • by Jean Chorazyczewski, Judy Barry, Chris Wendel
Room: Room 201 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Wed 05/02/18

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This interactive session will explore the work of the Michigan Good Food Fund (MGFF) and how its financing and technical assistance is not only helping to increase access to healthy food in communities that need it most, but is accelerating the success of good food business owners. This session will feature entrepreneur success stories and how support from MGFF has enabled them to grow and scale their enterprises. Learn more about MGFF’s financial products, business assistance offerings and how it can be a resource for stimulating economic development and job creation across Michigan.

Community Roundtable on Street Outreach
Room: Banquet Room 7 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Wed 05/02/18

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This interactive facilitated discussion will provide an opportunity for street outreach program providers to talk about relevant topics with their counterparts across the state. Topics will include successes and challenges, safety in the field while engaging in outreach activities as well as other program elements. This will be an opportunity to learn, share and develop resources through networking.

Creating an Innovative Entrepreneurial Pipeline in Your Community
  • by Kristin Brennan
Room: Room 104 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Wed 05/02/18

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Create the entrepreneurial pipeline in your community by learning how to integrate innovative entrepreneurship resources/programs for kids and adults. Learn how to engage children and youth in the community through hands-on, experiential entrepreneurship programs so they can identify their interests, dream big, and become a valuable contributor to their community. Then we will complete the pipeline by looking at the needs of aspiring and growing adult business owners and the value of establishing resources and mentoring programs in your community.

The Inside Scoop on MI Bridges Community Partnership: What Your Agency Needs to Know
  • by Lynn Hendges, Jaspreet Malhotra
Room: Banquet Room 6 & 8 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Wed 05/02/18

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Join us to hear about exciting changes to MI Bridges and the assistance application. These improvements are part of MDHHS’s statewide efforts to support families and individuals in better achieving self-sufficiency and health outcomes. The new MI Bridges enables MDHHS to work closely with community partners using enhanced technology and coordination of resources to support Michigan residents.

The Past, Present and Future of Lead Abatement from the Lead Safe Homes Program
  • by Melissa Steiner, Emily Bajko, Courtney Wisinski
Room: Room 101 & 102 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Wed 05/02/18

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The future of lead abatement in Michigan is ever changing. The Lead Safe Home Program has learned many lessons prior and during the Flint water crisis. The LSHP has learned some best practices while working with community partners and the Children’s Health Insurance plan. This session will also give background information about the Lead Safe Home program and what the future holds.

Why Roundtable
  • by Mark McDaniel, Earl Poleski, Jamie Schriner, Amin Irving
Room: Banquet Room 5 Time Slot: 10:15 AM Wed 05/02/18

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Join Mark McDaniel, Earl Poleski, Amin Irving and Jamie Shriner for a discussion about the importance of developing your organization's Why based on Simon Sinek's bestselling book and Ted Talk, Start with Why. The Why is the set of beliefs or purpose that inspires everything successful organizations do. When you think, act and communicate starting with the Why, you can inspire others and truly inspire change in the communities we serve. By leading with the Why, your organization has real meaning and purpose and is are better able to attract and unite employees, clients and partners. This panel discussion brings together leaders in the Michigan housing industry to discuss the Why of their individual organizations and how to develop and incorporate your own Why.

11:45am
Lunch - Keynote David A. Smith
Room: Exhibit Hall B and C Time Slot: 11:45 AM Wed 05/02/18

1:30pm
Improving Case Management through SPDAT
  • by David Tweedie
Room: Room 201 Time Slot: 01:30 PM Wed 05/02/18

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Designed for practitioners that are already trained on the SPDAT, this session teaches participants how to maximize the information gleaned from the SPDAT and the structure of the SPDAT to improve case management practice, improve case planning with participants, and for measuring outcomes.