Session Topics

General Sessions

The ULI Housing Awards: A Decade of Lessons Learned

The ULI Jack Kemp and Robert Larson awards are among the leading national honors for outstanding affordable and workforce housing developments and public policies, respectively. At this special session moderated by ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing Chairman Ron Terwilliger, finalists and winners from past years will share their stories – what has worked and where they have experienced challenges – and the winners of the 2017 ULI Housing Awards will be announced.

Building the Inclusive City

While the recent revival of many American cities has been broadly beneficial, growing numbers of people and communities are falling further behind. Cities that create more widely shared prosperity stand to be stronger over the long-term. A distinguished panel of national leaders from the public and private sectors will assess the challenges and discuss how to assemble the policies and partnerships that create more equity and opportunity in American cities.

Remarks from the Honorable Benjamin S. Carson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

With introduction from ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing Chairman Ron Terwilliger.

What’s Happening in Washington: Federal Policy Update

A panel of Washington insiders will discuss the current state of play on a wide range of topics critical to affordable housing development and preservation: funding for HUD and other key agencies, tax reform and tax cuts, infrastructure investment, and more. Panelists will also share advice on how to deliver a compelling message to policymakers in a complex and challenging period for domestic policy.


Concurrent Sessions

Innovations in Affordable Design and Construction

Even as technology innovation has transformed many industries, residential design and construction has remained attached to decades-old business models. That is starting to change, with potentially large implications. Join a discussion with some of the innovators starting to disrupt the industry – with a strategic focus on housing affordability.

Achieving the Double Bottom Line in Preservation

Preserving existing affordable units is often more cost effective than building new – especially in opportunity-rich areas. Socially motivated investment vehicles and real estate firms are scaling capital to deliver significant economic and social returns. Hear from several of the best how to put the deals together and manage properties for success.

From NIMBY to YIMBY: Making a More Compelling Case for Housing

Overcoming neighborhood opposition is often the highest hurdle facing an affordable developer. A new wave of advocates, communications experts, and grassroots groups is emerging to turn the tides of NIMBYism. Engage with some of the leaders on what you can do to build community support for new affordable and workforce housing.

Seizing Opportunities in Community-Serving Real Estate

Communities of all sizes control land and buildings that constitute untapped opportunities to develop affordable and mixed-income housing. Local anchors such as hospitals, colleges, and faith-based institutions do too. This session will explore how to implement comprehensive strategies for development that take advantage of existing public- and privately-owned holdings.

The Future of Affordable Housing for Seniors

The nation’s swelling seniors population will add new complexity to challenges of housing affordability, community connectivity, and supportive services for millions. At the same time, emerging approaches to financing, design, and resource delivery hold considerable promise. Seniors housing experts from a range of domains will provide a look ahead.

Assembling the Local Policy Toolbox

As housing affordability needs have worsened, cities have shown unprecedented commitment and creativity in response. There is no single local strategy for meeting housing needs, but consensus is emerging on what a complete local toolbox includes. This session will feature leading examples of the most effective tools from around the U.S. and advice on how best to use them.

The Economics of Inclusionary Development

Inclusionary zoning has become one of the primary policy strategies at the local level for spurring affordable housing development. Balancing the hopes for affordable units with the realities of real estate economics is tricky – but achievable. A panel of inclusionary zoning experts, local officials, and developers will share insights from successful experience.

Principles for Mixed Income Housing and Communities

Mixed-income development has long been seen as an important tactic to strengthen neighborhoods and improve prospects for low-income families. Panelists will discuss findings from the latest research on the benefits of mixed-income communities and provide examples of successful mixed-income developments that have achieved broad and enduring benefits.

New Models for Affordable Homeownership

First-time homeownership remains out of reach for many Millennials and working families due to constraints ranging from tighter credit boxes to diminishing supply of starter homes. At the same time, existing homeowners in struggling areas typically have few tools available to improve property value. This session will highlight creative efforts by developers, lenders, and local governments to solve these and other affordable homeownership challenges.

Clean Energy Opportunities in Affordable Housing

As green building has become more mainstream in affordable housing, leading developers and clean energy groups are pushing the envelope on construction to approach, and in some cases achieve, net zero energy use. Others are tapping opportunities at the community scale to deliver solar power to multifamily apartment residents. These and other forward leaning approaches to more sustainable affordable housing, and how to pay for them, will be discussed.

Building Healthy and Culturally Vibrant Communities

How we plan, build, and redevelop has huge impacts on human health. An emerging set of evidenced-based best practices suggests that building healthier places is doable and scalable, with potentially profound payoffs for lower-income people and places. Learn from a panel of innovators how to make places both healthy and affordable.

Toward Resilient and Equitable Communities

Resilience – whether to the effects of pollution and climate change or economic shocks as the economy evolves – is increasingly seen as essential to community stability. This is especially true in underinvested communities in more physically vulnerable locations. This panel will explore emerging innovations and new models for community development.

 

Speakers

Laurel Blatchford

Henry Cisneros

Victoria Davis

Hal Ferris

Aaron Holm

Jeffrey Lubell

Ali Solis

Robyn Stone

Lisa Sturtevant

Ron Terwilliger

Brett Theodos

Vincent Toye

Stephen Whyte

John Williams

The Honorable Dr. Benjamin S Carson (invited)