Day 1 | October 14, 2021

1:00–1:45 p.m. | Opening Session

Welcome Remarks
David Bennett, president, Centrant Community Capital, Raleigh
Samuel Gunter, executive director, NC Housing Coalition, Durham
Scott Farmer, executive director, NC Housing Finance Agency, Raleigh

Keynote Remarks
Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary, NC Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh
Michael L. Browder, Sr., region IV DRA, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Atlanta, GA

1:45–2:00 p.m. | Networking Break

2:00–2:45 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

State of the LIHTC Market: Tax Credit Equity Panel
The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) industry has weathered economic uncertainty, rapid cost increases and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these challenges, affordable multifamily development remains robust and stable. Join our panel of equity syndicators for a discussion of how these challenges have shaped—and will continue to define—equity markets in the upcoming tax credit cycle.
Bryan Hollander, vice president, Enterprise Housing Credit Investments, LLC, Raleigh; Greg Mayo, vice president of acquisitions and risk management, CAHEC, Raleigh; Mark Shelburne, housing policy consultant, Novogradac & Company LLP, Raleigh; and Darren Swanson, managing director of acquisitions, Red Stone Equity Partners, Charlotte

Understanding North Carolina’s Housing Infrastructure
Responding to North Carolina’s housing needs requires a robust, coordinated, statewide infrastructure. This workshop will include the state agencies that are integral to the state’s response across the housing continuum and examine how their programs and strategies fit together to meet the needs of North Carolinians.
Joseph M. Breen, section chief, Division of Aging and Adult Services, Planning, ESG and Service Support Section, NC DHHS, Raleigh; Laura Hogshead, chief operating officer, NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency, Raleigh; and Valerie D. Moore Fegans, CDBG section chief, NC Department of Commerce, Raleigh

Addressing Racial Equity Issues in Housing
A history of discriminatory policies and practices in North Carolina and across the nation has had a significant, long-term impact on housing affordability and availability for people of color. Join us as we unpack that history and discuss how present and future housing policies can address racial equity.
Nikitra Bailey, executive vice president, Center for Responsible Lending, Cary

Housing Solutions in Tourism-Heavy Markets
Tourism-heavy rural economies face pressures to secure affordable housing that hinge on two roughly parallel housing markets: housing to allow tourists to visit and contribute to the tourism-based economies and housing that allows workers in tourism-related jobs to live close to their workplaces. Whether the solution rests in employer-based housing, affordability protections, increasing modest home supply or something else altogether depends on local conditions, stakeholder commitment and long-term planning.
Megan Lawson, economist, Headwaters Economics, Washington, DC; Tim Cafferty, board member, Dare Education Foundation, Kitty Hawk; Scott Southern, NC State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation, Raleigh and Sarah Grymes, vice president of impact-housing, Dogwood Health Trust, Asheville

2:45–3:30 p.m. | Choose Your Own Adventure: On-Demand Quick Breakout Sessions

Housing Credits 101
Want to learn more about the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)? Curious about the current state of the program and what lies ahead? Take a crash course in LIHTC during this session to learn more about the process, the players and the impact of this critically important affordable housing program.
Rebecca Darling and Chris Key, partners, Novogradac & Company, LLP, Atlanta, GA

Home Buyer Resources in 2021
Get an overview of the NC Home Advantage Mortgage™ as well as other unique programs offered for home buyers: the NC 1st Home Advantage Down Payment, the NC Home Advantage Tax Credit and community-based programs for low- and moderate-income households like the Community Partners Loan Pool.
Bill Hobbs, lender liaison and Rich Lee, senior community partner coordinator, NC Housing Finance Agency, Raleigh

Housing Counseling Issues Update
Join local housing counseling agencies to discuss current issues in housing counseling and share ideas on how to best meet the needs of your agency and clients.
Peter Skillern, executive director, Reinvestment Partners, Durham and Stacie Darden, director of operations and programs, NC Housing Coalition, Raleigh

Community Reinvestment in a Changing World: New Challenges, New Initiatives
The past year has demonstrated a host of new challenges for communities, many of which have disproportionately affected disadvantaged communities. In this session, representatives from the three banking regulatory agencies will discuss new community reinvestment initiatives in response to these challenges, and how local nonprofits and financial institutions can prepare for the challenges ahead.
David Bennett, president, Centrant Community Capital, Raleigh; Genevieve Chow, community affairs officer, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Washington, DC; Victor Galloway, community affairs specialist, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, DC; and Isabelle White, senior business advisor of supervision, regulation and credit, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, VA

Hot Topics for Tax Credit Compliance
This session will discuss critical issues for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) owners and managers such as monitoring for the average income minimum set-aside election, resuming physical inspections and the impacts of the pandemic on tenant file paperwork and evictions.
Susan Westbrook, manager of rental assets, NC Housing Finance Agency, Raleigh

Leveraging Rehabilitation and Repair Programs
Rehabilitation and repair programs are vital to preserving housing stock and keeping North Carolinians in their homes. Join NC Housing Finance Agency staff for a brief overview of the Agency’s single-family, owner-occupied rehabilitation and repair programs and their most recent updates.
Michael Handley, manager of home ownership rehabilitation and compliance, NC Housing Finance Agency, Raleigh

Addressing Local Housing Needs
Connect with housing and community development departments within North Carolina local governments to discuss common challenges and best practices in addressing local housing needs.
Beau Mills, executive director, Metro Mayors Coalition, Raleigh and Dan Kornelis, member, Housing Partnership, Raleigh

3:30–4:00 p.m. | Fair Housing Training

New Trends in Fair Housing Law
Representatives of the NC Justice Center and Legal Aid of North Carolina will review new fair housing law regarding assistance animals as well as the obligation of local governments to affirmatively further fair housing.
Jack Holtzman, co-director, Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina, Raleigh

Day 2 | October 15, 2021

9:00–9:45 a.m. | Opening Panel

Housing Resources for Individuals Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic
Get the latest information on pandemic housing resources available to homeowners through the Homeowner Assistance Fund as well as what the state’s HOPE program offers to help renter families and property owners.
Claudia Young, manager of compliance and quality assurance, NC Housing Finance Agency, Raleigh and Laura Hogshead, director, NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency, Durham

9:45–10:00 a.m. | Networking Break

10:00–10:45 a.m. | Breakout Sessions

Annual Developers’ Workshop
This workshop outlines proposed changes to the 2022 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) and explains how applications for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) will be evaluated in 2022. Learn what you need to know to apply next year.
Scott Farmer, executive director and Tara Hall, manager of rental development, NC Housing Finance Agency, Raleigh

Local Affordable Housing Bonds
In the last several years, cities across North Carolina have turned to ballot measures to fund local affordable housing initiatives. Hear from two local housing professionals who play significant roles in the campaigns to pass these bonds and the efforts to deploy them.
Zelleka Biermann, housing development manager, City of Charlotte, Charlotte and Cynthia Blue, interim director, Housing Services Division, City of Greensboro, Greensboro

Building Connections for a Healthier North Carolina
Attend this session to learn about access to a coordinated care network for housing, food assistance, mental health services and more. You’ll learn the “no wrong door” approach that unites non-medical drivers of health—including housing—with human service providers to ultimately create a healthier North Carolina.
LaQuana Palmer, program director, Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation, NCCARE360, Raleigh

Diversity in the Housing Industry
This panel will address diversity in the housing industry with a specific focus on development, construction and management.
Latoya Faustin, CEO, She Built this City, Charlotte and Brandon Rule, president, Rule Enterprises, Milwaukee, WI

10:45–11:00 | Networking Break

11:00–11:45 a.m. | Closing Session

Industry Update
Significant policy changes and a new influx of resources dedicated to housing have been enacted and developed at the federal level. Join national experts as they walk us through what has changed for affordable housing policy and what is on the horizon.
David Gasson and Bob Moss, partners, MG Housing Strategies, Washington, DC

Closing Remarks
David Bennett, president, Centrant Community Capital, Raleigh
Samuel Gunter, executive director, NC Housing Coalition, Durham
Scott Farmer, executive director, NC Housing Finance Agency, Raleigh