2020-2021 Training & Capacity Building Series

 

Here you will find a diverse mix of educational and cultivation offerings designed to equip HAND members with the technical tools and resources needed to bring thriving communities to fruition.

Be sure to check back often for the most up-to-date information on all trainings!

If you’re curious what kind of events are in store, check out last year’s training schedule. Learn More.

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September 2020

Higher Ground: Developing Affordable Housing &
Community Facilities in Partnership with Faith Communities

Date: September 15 | 9:00am – 12:30pm | Location: Zoom Webcast

Recent analysis by the Urban Institute revealed there are 800 vacant parcels owned by houses of worship in just four jurisdictions in the region that could potentially catalyze the development of between 49,000 and 109,000 units of housing. Join HAND, Enterprise Community Partners, and Goldstein Hall PLLC for an interactive session featuring affordable housing practitioners, clergy and lay leaders who have successfully partnered to develop affordable housing and community facilities across the Washington Region. The agenda will include a sharing of lessons learned by Enterprise and its partners during the first 14 years of the Faith Based Development Initiative, a special highlight from attorneys providing best practices for faith communities to ensure their interests are protected, case studies highlighting successful projects, and a candid panel discussion with experienced partners sharing insights on what it really takes to bring these projects to fruition.

Rev. David Bowers
Enterprise Community Partners
Sarah Constant
Mission First Housing Group
Edmund Delany
Capital One
Susan Etherton
Arlington Presbyterian Church
Matthew Hall
Goldstein Hall PLLC
 Rev. Dr. Leonard
Hamlin Sr.
Washington National Cathedral 
Jason Labate
Goldstein Hall PLLC
Kamilah McAfee
Wesley Housing Development Corporation
Carmen Romero
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
 Pastor Patrice Sheppard
Lydia’s House
   
  John Welsh
AHC Inc
Rev. Joseph K. Williams, Sr. Enterprise Community Partners Heather Raspberry
HAND
 

 

October 2020

Date: October 26 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

The voter drive will be streamed live via Zoom (access link to be provided in advance) and Facebook Live, so you can tap in from anywhere! 

With just days until the November election, the countdown is officially on! Civic engagement is a top priority for HAND and it starts with awareness, education, and participation. This year we are excited to be partnering with When We All Vote to maximize participation in the upcoming election. Further, HAND is committed to placing racial equity at the center of all that we do. We all know the hard-fought struggles to gain voting rights for minorities, and even today voter suppression runs rampant. HAND is grateful for all of our members who have been leaning in and hosting Get out the Vote drives at your properties – together we are empowering all of our neighbors at the polls!

Join us on October 26 from 5-6:30pm for HAND’s Virtual Voter Drive! We’ll get together virtually to make sure our networks have a plan to vote, discuss the importance of voting, and hear from very special guests including Shawn Yancy (formerly of FOX5 DC), Raisa Johnson (National Housing Trust) and Stacy Spann (Housing Opportunities Commission)! Throughout the program guests will have an opportunity to text, email and get the word out on social media to as many eligible voters as possible, to the tunes of DJ CheickMeOut!

 
Shawn Yancy
Journalist (Formerly FOX5 DC), 
President & Founder,
Girls’ Night Out by Shawn Yancy
Raisa Johnson
Resident Services Director,
National Housing Trust

Stacy Spann
Executive Director,
Housing Opportunities Commission

Live music by
DJ CheickMeOut!

 

 

HAND & Housing Priorities Coalition Comprehensive Housing Plan Testimony Training

Date: October 27 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

Do you support the DC Comprehensive Plan update? Would you love tips on how to testify effectively?
 
If the answer is “yes,” join HAND and its partners in the DC Housing Priorities Coalition on October 27! This training is for supporters who want to help get the DC Comprehensive Plan update passed by the DC Council as soon as possible (the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2020 B23-0736). The session will help participants understand what the Comp Plan update is, why it’s important, and tips on providing a winning testimony.

 

HAND Activation: A Dialogue with Prince George’s County

Date: October 28 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

Within the last several months, we have found ourselves in unprecedented times. COVID-19 has exacerbated the need to serve our most vulnerable communities, and forced us to reimagine what the post-pandemic future of our region will look like. Specifically, housing affordability has never been more urgent. In October 2019, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) established regional housing targets, adding to the calls for the region to collaboratively address the housing affordability challenge. We commend COG for this historic milestone and echo the importance of working in alignment as HAND prepares for the launch of the Housing Indicator Tool (HIT) – a digital platform that will provide the most up-to-date information on housing production and preservation across the region. 
 
Though we operate as a membership collective, we recognize that there are unique nuances across jurisdiction lines. Leading up to the HIT launch, HAND will host a number of Activations to drill down on updates from individual jurisdictions, and to keep our members abreast of how they can best partner with leaders to create and preserve affordable housing. This virtual program will be an opportunity for Prince George’s County leadership to share their vision for affordable housing and economic development, and for industry practitioners to provide insights on their plans to support this vision. Confirmed speakers include:

 

Prince George’s County Officials

Councilmember 
Derrick Leon Davis
 
Prince George’s 
County Council
Councilmember 
Dannielle Glaros
 
Prince George’s 
County Council

Angie Rodgers

Deputy CAO for 
Economic Development,
Office of the Prince George’s 
County Executive

Rev. David Bowers

VP & Market Leader, 
Mid-Atlantic,
Enterprise Community Partners
(Moderator)

 

Industry Practitioners

Vicki Davis

Managing Partner &
Co-Founder,
Urban Atlantic

Jair Lynch
 
President & CEO, 
Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners

Derrick Perkins

SVP and Market Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Michael Bodaken

President,
Bodaken & Associates
(Moderator)

Registration fees: This event is free to current HAND Members; Non-Member Fee: $150.


November 2020

Regional Housing Webinar and Playbook Launch

Date: November 17 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

Greater Washington has seen genuine momentum around housing as a common priority, including regional targets endorsed by area elected officials and new public, private, and philanthropic investments in housing production and preservation. But despite this progress and a general awareness of our housing challenges, many area leaders and residents have not been united around a compelling message for how to address these challenges.

To build institutional and public will, COG and our partners joined together this year to co-sponsor cutting-edge research to develop a Playbook to help message, frame, and communicate clearly and effectively about housing, which has become even more essential in this time of uncertainty and change.

On November 17, we invite you to join us for the release of the Playbook and a larger interactive conversation about the state of regional housing affordability across sectors and geographies.

  • Playbook author, Dr. Tiffany Manuel of The Case Made, will present key findings from her focus group research, overarching messaging themes, as well as Do’s and Don’ts for every CEO, elected official, policy wonk, or communications professional.
     
  • A panel of area leaders including A.J. Jackson, JBG Smith; Christian Dorsey, Arlington County Board and the COG Board of Directors; and Heather Raspberry, Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) will discuss how enhanced messaging can help advance their housing priorities.
     
  • Peter Tatian of the Urban Institute will provide an overview on current trends in regional housing, with a focus on COVID-19 impacts and racial equity.

Christian Dorsey
 Arlington County Board; 
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board

A.J. Jackson
Executive Vice President, Social Impact Investing,
JBG Smith

Dr. Tiffany Manuel
President & CEO,
TheCaseMade

Heather Raspberry,
Executive Director,
Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)

Peter Tatian
Senior Fellow,
The Urban Institute; 
Research Director,
Urban–Greater DC

 
 

December 2020

HAND & NHT Host Building Energy Performance Standards Workshop

Date: December 3 | 10:00am – 12:00 pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

Did you know all multi-family buildings larger than 10,000 square feet will be required to meet DC’s new Building Energy Performance Standards?
 
HAND and the National Housing Trust (NHT) are pleased to continue its series of stakeholder convenings on DC’s new Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS). In 2019, HAND & NHT brought together our members and partners to discuss the potential impacts of BEPS on affordable housing, and develop implementation recommendations for the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE).  Join us on December 3, 2020 as we continue this important dialogue with a slate of experts and industry leaders who are engaged in the rollout of the proposed rules. This session is designed to:
 
  • Ensure that participants understand the proposed rules for implementing BEPS and how their buildings will be impacted;
  • Solicit feedback from participants on the proposed rules; 
  • Connect participants to resources that are available to help them ensure their buildings will comply with the requirements; and
  • Brainstorm continued learning opportunities to address participants’ priority concerns.
 
Confirmed speakers include:

Lindsay Falasca
Director,
DC Innovation HUB

Michael Feldman-Wiencek
Program Analyst,
DC Department of Energy & Environment

Ravi Malhotra
Founder & President,
ICAST

Ted Trabue
Director,
DC Sustainable Energy Utility

Donald Walker
Director of Operations,
DC Green Bank

Registration fees: This event is free to current HAND Members; Non-Member Fee: $75.

 

 

Change Makers – A Check In from leaders in Health, Education and Housing

Date: December 17 | 9:30am – 10:30pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

Join the Center for Race, Equity, Justice and Inclusion for its second panel discussion with Change Makers in our region. Hear from leaders of color, sharing their expertise, journeys, strategies and vision as we prepare for 2021.

Registration fees: This event is free.

 

 

2020 Virtual Holiday Mixer

Date: December 17 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join HAND for its annual Holiday Mixer on Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm via webcast. We’re gathering virtually this year, but we still have the same opportunities for you to connect with colleagues PLUS a HAND Trivia Challenge! So grab three of your colleagues and register your office’s team today! Want to register without your office-mates? Lock in your space and we’ll make sure you’re assigned to a team. The winning team will take home $100 in prizes! You won’t want to miss this evening of networking, games, special giveaways and even a signature cocktail!

Registration fees: This event is free to current HAND Members; Non-Member Fee: $75.

 

 

January 2021

RESCHEDULED: District of Columbia & Montgomery County Green Banks Present CLEER Financing Program

NEW DATE: January 14 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast
If you registered for the previously scheduled program, please email cbattle@handhousing.org to confirm your attendance for the new date.

In July 2015, Montgomery County became the first county in the nation to create a green bank. Three years later, Mayor Bowser signed the District of Columbia Green Finance Authority Establishment Act of 2018, officially making Washington, DC the first city in the United States to establish a green bank. Although they represent different jurisdictions, both are missioned to to accelerate energy efficiency improvements and the deployment of clean energy technology by leveraging private investment. Join HAND on January 14 to learn about an effective financing option to support our region’s sustainability goals. The Commercial Loan for Energy Efficiency and Renewables Program (CLEER Program) is available to both for-profit and nonprofit commercial property or business owners. Eligible properties include multi-family rental apartments (five or more units), houses of worship, planned unit developments (PUDs) and cooperatives, among others. Participants can expect an informative dialogue with representatives from DC Green Bank, Montgomery County Green Bank and other key industry partners. This timely conversation will also support developers as they consider how to enhance protections around air quality as we continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19. Confirmed speakers include:

John Cain,
Energy Services Business Development, Boland

Horacio Chacon,
Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, Sandy Spring Bank
Ken Cook,
President, Commercial Banking, Sandy Spring Bank
Tom Deyo, 
Chief Executive Officer, Montgomery County Green Bank
Eli Hopson, 
Chief Executive Officer, DC Green Bank

Registration fees: This event is free to current HAND Members; Non-Member Fee: $75.

 

 

HAND Activation: A Dialogue with Northern Virginia

Date: January 26 | 12:00pm – 2:30pm | Location: Virtual Webcast
Date: January 27 | 12:00pm – 2:30pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

Though HAND operates as a membership collective, we recognize that there are unique nuances across jurisdiction lines. As HAND prepares for the launch of the Housing Indicator Tool (HIT) – a digital platform that will provide the most up-to-date information on housing production and preservation across the region – we will host a number of Activations to drill down on updates from individual jurisdictions, and to keep our members abreast of how they can best partner with leaders to create and preserve affordable housing. 
 
Northern Virginia is not only diverse in its population, but in its urbanism, and economic development priorities as well. Understanding how these jurisdictions are effectively navigating housing affordability and economic development submarkets can provide key insights for jurisdictions across the region.
 
Join us for a 2-day virtual event on January 26 and 27 as we gather with local leadership to share their vision for affordable housing and economic development. We will also welcome industry practitioners to provide perspective on their plans to support this vision, challenges they are navigating and opportunities throughout Northern Virginia. Jurisdictions to be highlighted include Arlington, the City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, and Loudoun County.

Part 1: Arlington, Alexandria & the City of Falls Church (January 26)
 
Northern Virginia Officials
Christian Dorsey
Board Member,
Arlington County
Ross Litkenhous
Council Member,
City of Falls Church
Mayor Justin Wilson
City of Alexandria
Michelle Krocker
Executive Director,
Northern Virginia
Affordable Housing Alliance
(Moderator)
 
Industry Practitioners

Catherine Buell
Head of Community Development,
Amazon in the Community
Eric Maribojoc
Executive Director,
Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship,
George Mason University School of Business
Jon Frederick
President,
Alexandria Housing
Development Corporation
Kamilah McAfee
Vice President of
Real Estate Development,
Wesley Housing
Michelle Winters
Executive Director,
The Alliance for
Housing Solutions
(Moderator)

 

Part 2: Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties (January 27)
 
Northern Virginia Officials
 
Tom Fleetwood
Director,
Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development
Margaret Franklin
Woodbridge District Supervisor,
Board of Supervisors,
Prince William County
Rebekah King
Housing Finance
Project Manager,
Loudoun County Office
of Housing
Jeff McKay
Chairman,
Board of Supervisors,
Fairfax County
Phyllis Randall
Chair,
Board of Supervisors,
Loudoun County
 Jill Norcross
Community Outreach Regional Manager,
Northern Virginia,
Virginia Housing
(Moderator)
Industry Practitioners
 
Brian McLaughlin
President,
Communities Division,
Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
Feras Qumseya
Vice President, Development,
Foulger-Pratt
Carmen Romero
Executive Vice President,
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Mike Scheurer
Executive Vice President, Housing and Community Development, Cornerstones
 Stewart Schwartz Executive Director,
Coalition for
Smarter Growth
(Moderator) 

Registration fees: This event is free to attend.

 

DC Point-In-Time Count

Date: January 27 | 9:00pm – 2:00am | Location: Washington, DC

Since 2001, The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP) has coordinated and conducted an annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count on behalf of the District Government. The District of Columbia is one of hundreds of communities across the country that conduct a PIT Count on one night during the last ten days in January to secure federal homeless assistance funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The District’s 2021 PIT Count will be held on Wednesday, January, 27th. On the night of the count, volunteer survey teams led by trained homeless outreach professionals will canvass the city for unsheltered, homeless persons and will conduct a brief app-based survey about their experiences and circumstances. 
 
In light of the current pandemic, the TCP team has made some changes to the format of this year’s count, in an effort to protect the health and safety of everyone involved. Learn more about those precautions here.

 

March 2021

Housing Indicator Tool Launch 

Date: March 9 | 10:00am – 12:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

The time has come! Join HAND for the official launch of the Housing Indicator Tool (HIT) in a special virtual event on TuesdayMarch 9th.

HIT is a one-of-a-kind platform that will provide the most up-to-date information on housing production across the region, with a comparison to established local housing targets. The tool will be updated annually with housing data from each jurisdiction, and the inaugural release will include two years of scorecard data to provide a more comprehensive look at our current state-of-affairs. The best part about the HIT is that it holds ALL HAND members, local jurisdictions, and the private and philanthropic sectors accountable for addressing the Capital Region’s housing affordability challenge. 

You can expect an introduction to the tool, insights from practitioners on how the HIT can be leveraged across sectors, and perspectives from decision-makers across the region. We recognize that any progress in addressing housing affordability will require collaboration across the board, so will be joined by a diverse slate of speakers representing key research partners, industry stakeholders, and regional leadership.

Industry Practitioners

 

David Bowers
VP & Market Leader,
Mid-Atlantic,
Enterprise
Community Partners

AJ Jackson
Executive Vice President, Social Impact Investing,
JBG SMITH

Jimmie Jones
Community
Development Manager,
Truist

George L. Leventhal, Ph.D
Director,
Community Health, Kaiser Permanente

 
 

Stacy Spann 
Executive Director,
Housing Opportunities Commission

Leslie Steen
Senior Advisor,
Wesley Housing

Ronnie Galvin
Managing Director Community Investment, Greater Washington Community Foundation
Monica Mitchell
Vice President of
Community Development, 
Wells Fargo
 
 

Angela Carlberg
Project Manager,
Racial Equity and
the Democratic Economy,
The Democracy Collaborative

 

 

Elected Officials


Peter Tatian
Senior Fellow,
The Urban Institute; 
Research Director, 
Urban–Greater DC

 

 

 


Leah Hendey
Principal Research Associate;
Codirector, National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership,
The Urban Institute
 
Heather Raspberry
Executive Director,
Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)
 
 
Councilmember 
Derrick Leon Davis
Prince George’s 
County Council
Christian Dorsey
Board Member,
Arlington County
Supervisor John Foust
Board of Supervisors,
Fairfax County

Marc Elrich
County Executive, Montgomery County

 
   
Angie Rodgers
 Deputy Chief
Administrative Officer,
Office of the Prince George’s County Executive,
Prince George’s County
John Falciccio 
Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, District of Columbia
Vandana Sinha
Editor-In-Chief,
The Washington
Business Journal
(Moderator)
   

Registration fees: This event is free to attend.


 

April 2021

Affordable Housing Debt Executions in the DMV: 
The Latest and Greatest From Leading Experts in the Industry
 

Date: April 9 | 10:00am – 12:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

Between the state of the economy, the housing supply and growing population, the current climate requires us all to think creatively about how to best address housing affordability in our region. Staying on top of trends in housing finance is critical for professionals seeking to expand their arsenal of strategies when navigating various transactions. Join HAND on April 9 for Affordable Housing Debt Executions in the DMV: The Latest and Greatest From Leading Experts in the Industry.  This informative session will provide guests with key updates on debt structures, the GSEs (Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac), construction lending, balance sheet executions and more. We will also welcome a number of industry leaders representing the finance and real estate development sectors:

Industry Practitioners

Kimberly Black King 
Senior Vice President,
Real Estate Development,
Volunteers of America

John E. Gilmore IV
Managing Director,
Walker & Dunlop

Caitlin Gossens 
Vice President,
Community Development Banking,
JPMorgan Chase

 

Lauren Marcus, Esq.
 Senior Associate,
Tiber Hudson

Kent Neumann, Esq.
Founding Member,
Tiber Hudson

Myles Perkins
President,
AGM Financial

Registration fees: Current HAND Members Fee: Free, Non-Member Fee: $75.

 

 

 

 Sharing The Sun:  Accessing Solar Energy for Sustainable Affordable Housing and Just, Equitable Communities

April 15 | 12:00pm – 2:30pm | Location: Virtual Webcast
If you registered for the previously scheduled program, please email cbattle@handhousing.org to confirm your attendance for the new date.

Environmental degradation does not affect communities equally. Disadvantaged communities have lower carbon footprints and contribute less to negative climate change, yet feel the burdens more acutely.

Join us on April 15 for Sharing The Sun: Accessing Solar Energy for Sustainable Affordable Housing and Just, Equitable Communities. Attending this program will provide you with solar basics, especially how to use this renewable energy resource, how solar arrays are developed and financed, and most importantly how your buildings can harness the sun to provide economic and environmental benefits to our community and its most marginalized residents.  
 
HAND is proud to partner on this program with New Partners Community Solar, sponsors of DC’s first Community Solar program and the District’s first such program devoted exclusively to low-income benefit. Together with some of the region’s most experienced solar practitioners and affordable housing sponsors, New Partners’ founders Herb Stevens and Jeff Lesk will educate you, and perhaps inspire you, to incorporate solar into your affordable housing program in a way that supports the Energy Justice movement.
 
Industry Practitioners
Lenwood Coleman
Chief Program Officer,
Groundswell
 
Darien Crimmin
Vice President of Energy and Sustainability, WinnCompanies
 
Mark Davis
President & Founder,
WDC Solar
 
 
Krista Egger 
Vice President,
Green Communities,
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc
Don Hague
Project Analyst,
Montgomery
Housing Partnership
Jim Knight
President & CEO,
Jubilee 
Pranay Kohli
CEO,
Amidus
Jared Lang
Senior Project Manager,
Wesley Housing
 


Dr. Taresa Lawrence 

Deputy Director,
Department of Energy
and Environment’s
Energy Administration


Jeff Lesk
President & Co-founder,
New Partners Community Solar

Elijah Perry
Interim Executive Director,
GRID Alternatives
   
Gary Skulnik
CEO & Founder, 
Neighborhood Sun
Sasha Srivastava
Executive Director,
New Partners Community Solar
Herb Stevens
CEO & Co-founder, 
New Partners Community Solar
 

Registration fees: This event is free to current HAND Members; Non-Member Fee: $75

 

 


At the CORE: Strategies to Bolster Resident Services in Our Communities

Date: April 20 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm| Location: Virtual Webcast

Join us for At the CORE: Strategies to Bolster Resident Services in Our Communities, on April 20 from 12-2pm to learn about how your portfolio could benefit from the Certified Organization for Resident Engagement & Services (CORES) Certification. Launched by Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) in 2018, CORES recognizes organizations that have developed a robust commitment, capacity, and competency in providing resident-centered service coordination in affordable rental housing. Organizations regularly leverage CORES certification to deepen and formalize aspects of their own resident services infrastructure and to unlock funding and partnership opportunities. Specifically, CORES is one requirement for owners of multifamily affordable housing to qualify for Fannie Mae™ Healthy Housing Rewards – Enhanced Resident Services™, a product enhancement that benefits borrowers that incorporate resident services coordination systems in their newly constructed, rehabilitated or refinanced multifamily affordable rental properties. CORES is also included on LIHTC Qualified Allocation Plans applications in Maryland and Virginia. Guests can expect to learn more about CORES, including: requirements for certification, an overview of the application process, and the use of CORES in the LIHTC applications and for Fannie Mae’s Healthy Housing Rewards program. The program will also feature organizations from across the region who are CORES certified, and can speak to the impacts in our communities.

Industry Practitioners

Kevin Lewis
 Deputy Executive Director, Operation Pathways, Inc.
&
Assistant Vice President,
Resident Services, 
The NHP Foundation 
Alexandra Nassau-Brownstone
 Vice President,
Resident Outcomes & CORES, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF)
Angie Roberts-Dobbins 
Vice President,
Resident Services, 
Community Housing Partners (CHP)
Sandra Serna 
Vice President,
Health and Housing, 
Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF)

 

Registration fees: This event is free to current HAND Members; Non-Member Fee: $75.

 

May 2021

Equity in Action: A Response to Ensure Access to Capital for Developers of Color

Date: May 13 | 10:00am – 11:30am | Location: Virtual Webcast

Through education, engagement and regional advocacy, HAND builds the capacity of its cross-sector collective to support the development of sustainable communities for individuals and families at all income levels. Keeping with our commitment to center racial equity, HAND is intentional in embedding these values into our operations, creating solutions that drive just and equitable outcomes for communities of color. We know there is a vested interest in doing more of the same, and we strive to model for our members what it means to address the longstanding barriers that are woven into the very fabric of our society – benefiting a few at the expense of others. Utilizing an equity lens with every decision is critical to ensure our programs and processes yield equitable outcomes. Even in the midst of the growing housing affordability challenge, black and brown real estate developers are still met with the obstacle of accessing the capital needed to execute their plans to revitalize communities.

In March 2021, HAND announced its newest partnership with Greystone, titled Equity in Action. This debt and equity platform is designed to increase opportunity for black and brown real estate developers who seek to create communities where all can thrive. Join us on May 13 to hear the “why” behind this platform, how it works, and answers to YOUR questions! We will be joined by the team that Greystone has structured to support members in accessing capital, as well as HAND’s leadership. Developers of color are strongly encouraged to attend.

Industry Practitioners

 
Alicia Cotton-Doney
Managing Director,
Greystone
Heather Raspberry
Executive Director,
Housing Association of
Nonprofit Developers (HAND)
Steve Rosenberg
Founder & CEO,
Greystone
 
 


Registration fees: This event is free to current institutional HAND Members
(Consultant, For-Profit, Small Non-Profit and Large Non-Profit members). If you have a question about your membership level or the status of your membership renewal, please email cbattle@handhousing.org.

 

 

June 2021

Creating Options for Seniors:
Structuring Affordable Assisted Living Transactions

Date: June 3 | 10:00am – 12:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

As the American population grows older, and the cost of assisted living residences only increases with time, the need for affordable assisted living is greater than ever. Join us on June 3 for Creating Options for Seniors: Structuring Affordable Assisted Living Transactions. This panel will explore a number of strategies to create assisted living projects that are affordable to individuals qualified for tax-credit housing, including combining LIHTC and traditional affordable housing subsidy sources with Medicaid waivers and other assisted living funding sources and common structuring considerations. This engaging dialogue will take a comprehensive look at these types of projects, examining both general deal structure and case studies from the DC area. The program will also feature an expert slate of speakers, including representatives from Urban Atlantic, Victory Housing, Gragg Cardona Partners and Reno & Cavanaugh, PLLC. 

Industry Practitioners

 
Jeffrey Blackwell
Vice President of
Real Estate Development
Victory Housing 
Matthew Greeson
Partner
Reno & Cavanaugh, PLLC
 
 
Oussama Souadi
Partner
Gragg Cardona Partners
Christopher Vernick
Development Manager
Urban Atlantic
 


Registration fees
: This event is free to current HAND Members; Non-Member Fee: $75

 

HAND 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Housing Expo

Date: June 25 | 9:00am – 5:00pm | Location: Virtual Conference & Expo

HAND’s Annual Meeting is the largest convening of real estate and community development professionals in the Washington region. We invite you to join the celebration of our 30th anniversary with an immersive virtual experience designed to inspire you, make you think, and strengthen the relationships that are vital to the creation of flourishing communities. 

The history of our nation is tainted with smears of systemic racism and discrimination from the very first steps of settlers onto American land. In 1619, a ship carrying the first enslaved Africans arrived at Point Comfort in Virginia. Just 15 years later, colonizers would make contact with Piscataway Conoy – the largest and most powerful tribal nation in our region, with a footprint that extended across DC, Maryland, Virginia and even further into the Mid-Atlantic. The dark days that followed laid the foundation for systems, policies, and programs that are still with us to this very day. HAND is standing firm in its commitment to centering equity, and as we recognize the milestone of 30 years, we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that we have been battling the same challenges for hundreds of years. Still here in celebration. Still here in challenge. We remain dedicated to working alongside you to address the root causes that amplify housing disparities and restrict access to opportunity for communities of color. We celebrate, but we also say their names. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Piscataway Conoy. And so many others. Join us as we hold space to reflect on the past three decades, hear from industry thought leaders and connect with each other in the spirit of creating a more just and equitable region.

 

 

July 2021

HAND & NHT Workshop 
D.C. Building Energy Performance Standards
What help will building owners need to comply? 

Date: July 7 | Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Location: Virtual Webcast

HAND and the National Housing Trust (NHT) are pleased to continue its series of stakeholder convenings on DC’s new Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS). In 2019, HAND & NHT brought together our members and partners to discuss the potential impacts of BEPS on affordable housing and develop implementation recommendations for the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE). Join us on July 7, 2021 as we continue this important dialogue and hear from building owners what technical assistance, financial, and other support will be needed to comply with BEPS while preserving affordable housing. This session is designed to: 

• Provide space for building owners and property managers to share their perspectives on the support they will need to comply with BEPS; 

• Identify gaps in support that will need to be addressed; 

• Develop recommendations for addressing support needs; and 

• Brainstorm continued learning opportunities to address participants’ priority concerns 

 

Industry Practitioners

Michael Feldman-Wiencek
Green Building + Housing Affordability Program Analyst
Department of Energy & Environment

Jessica Jones
Senior Real Estate Development Manager
Enterprise Community Development

Peter Larson 
Vice President of Property Management
Horning Brothers

 
Todd Nedwick
Senior Director of Sustainability Policy
National Housing Trust

Andrew Zaleski
Senior Asset Manager
Somerset Development

 


Registration fees
: This event is free to current HAND Members; Non-Member Fee: $75.

 


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