Each year, the Housing Opportunity Conference opens with a General Session on the State of US Housing Markets. To kick off our 2024 conference, Daryl Fairweather, Chief Economist of RedFin will present, offering attendees a detailed look on what to expect from the housing market in 2024: trends, challenges, emerging markets, and future demands. Daryl will then be joined by Dana Schoewe, Principal with RCLCO, to discuss the affordable housing issues facing US communities based on data from ULI’s latest Home Attainability Index. (Lunch provided.) This session is eligible for 2 AICP credits. Sign-in sheets will be available at the […]
In many communities, land is scarce and expensive, driving up the cost of housing and limiting the opportunity to build more homes in areas of opportunity. This panel will discuss successful partnerships that have leveraged the real estate owned by houses of worship and schools to build more housing while also investing in those communities. The panel’s speakers will each bring their experience developing strategies and partnerships to unlock underutilized land. Examples include Austin’s Independent School District, St. Austin’s partnership with Greystar, and Enterprises’ faith-based development initiative.
With labor shortages, construction costs escalating, and interest rates rising, getting housing development to pencil has become even more difficult. While the real estate industry has had numerous false starts with innovative production techniques, have tech and innovation advances and economic realities aligned to make new construction technologies and innovations a scalable solution for our housing shortage? This panel of experts will explore.
Contrary to popular belief, deeply affordable housing aimed at addressing the needs of unhoused individuals and families can yield positive returns on investment (ROI). This session will explore the value and impact of permanent supportive housing (PSH). A panel of experts will discuss the costs and benefits of PSH, as well as the return on investment for both individual investors and society as a whole. Additionally, the panelists will share best practices and innovative financing strategies for developing housing that effectively address the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. This session is presented by ULI’s Homeless to Housed Initiative.
The reality of remote and hybrid working models present an opportunity for many suburban areas to reimagine themselves as more complete communities. The inclusion of more gentle, dense housing is an essential part of current suburban retrofitting strategies. This panel will feature a moderated discussion with national experts on the trends and mix of land uses that are transforming the suburbs and the role that Equitable Transit Oriented Development (E-TOD) policies are playing in creating more diverse and inclusive communities. This session is eligible for 1.25 AICP credits. Sign-in sheets will be available at the conference.
State and local governments have been making the news in recent years; pushing legislation, new funding and other proposals to advance attainable housing production and preservation in their communities. This panel will bring together a few examples from around the country to discuss changes at the state and local levels, what has been successful and where challenges remain. This session is eligible for 1.25 AICP credits. Sign-in sheets will be available at the conference.
Climate change and housing affordability are two primary challenges that communities and the real estate industry are facing nationally. The pressure to create new housing supply as well as retrofit older, affordable housing combined with the increased demand for electrification and its infrastructure can appear daunting, but there are approaches that can prioritize both. Learn from seasoned professionals on innovative strategies to decarbonize our housing without sacrificing affordability. This session is eligible for 1.25 AICP credits. Sign-in sheets will be available at the conference.
Welcome to Austin, y’all! As you hear from local speakers and visit area projects, we invite you to expand your experience by learning about Austin’s history, growth trends, and initiatives that have shaped our city. Local speakers will share background information, as well as their predictions for future local housing trends, to provide context for the sessions and tours you are going to experience at this year’s ULI Housing Opportunity Conference.
It’s everywhere in the news; downtowns are suffering. As the pandemic disrupted in-person office culture, less foot traffic in these areas has negatively impacted retail, small businesses, public space, transportation, and public safety. However, the focus has been on office-to-residential and other anchors to bring people back downtown. This panel will instead focus on the opportunity for affordable and mixed-income housing to reshape their communities and provide economic mobility for their residents. With the right place-based strategies and intentional community partnerships, housing developments can be a platform for a community’s soul and provide downtowns and urban centers with a new […]
Affordable deals were difficult enough to pencil but have become increasingly challenging as costs escalate and public dollars dwindle. This panel will bring together different perspectives to share other tools and strategies to get more affordable housing built.
Nearly 15 million people live in a FEMA-designated 100-year floodplain and more than 46 million homes are located in the wildland-urban interface. Millions more are left in the dark, often in extremely hot or freezing temperatures, after severe storms disrupt power. As disasters continue to increase in frequency and intensity, protecting people and housing units from climate impacts is a critical component to preserving supply. Join this session to explore strategies for protecting communities from fires, floods, and power outages. This session is eligible for 1.25 AICP credits. Sign-in sheets will be available at the conference.
This closing general session will include a fireside chat between Ron Terwilliger and Henry Cisneros, two titans of the housing industry, as they reflect on the latest issues and trends in the housing market, and what solutions and opportunities they believe can catalyze housing production and improve housing affordability. (Lunch provided.)
This tour will walk through 2nd Street and Seaholm Districts. The 2nd Street District consists of six downtown blocks, mostly owned by the City, fronting West 2nd Street.
This tour will visit innovative permanent supportive housing solutions for those experiencing homelessness. Central to the tour is nationally recognized Community First! Village.
This tour will explore Mueller, one of the nation’s most notable mixed-income, mixed-use communities located in the heart of Austin.
The Urbanspace Interiors team has traveled the world — and their own backyard — to create a downtown Austin showroom and successful e-commerce site, with over 100 of the most sought after lines in furnishings. For more info on Urbanspace and the showroom visit: https://www.urbanspacerealtors.com/ and https://urbanspaceinteriors.com/. Name badges will be required at the Closing Reception.