2014 – 2015 Trainings & Member Meetings

You Asked… & We Listened! HAND members, thank you for the feedback you provided through our member meeting and training survey. HAND’s program committee heard your requests, and we’re excited to launch another year of quality sessions designed to build the capacity of your organizations and staff. Please note, detailed descriptions and registration information will be updated on this page as sessions are finalized. This ensures that each session will include timely topics and expert presenters.

Many thanks to HAND’s FY15 Sponsors, who offset the costs of HAND’s capacity building sessions. Events are free or discounted to current HAND members. For individuals who are not members of HAND, registration fees for each session are $45 or you can take advantage of our low-cost dues, and join the organization to receive one of the many member benefits: Free and discounted training for you and your entire staff! Our program committee will finalize course content closer to the scheduled date, which allows HAND to offer timely topics and speakers covering issues that impact our work. If you have suggestions for topics to incorporate in HAND’s capacity building sessions, please email Heather Raspberry.


Housing CAN Messaging Platform

October 24, 2014
9:30 – 11:30 AM

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
777 North Capital Street NE
Washington, DC






Bisnow Multifamily Annual Conference 

November 24 – 25 2014

JW Marriott
Washington, DC





Local Real Estate Trends and Market Conditions  / HAND Holiday Mixer

December 11, 2014
4:00 – 8:00 PM

Bank of America Merrill Lynch
730 15th Street, NW, Penthouse, Washington, DC 20005

Join us for HAND’s  December Member Meeting and Annual Holiday Mixer featuring a special presentation from Dr. Lisa Sturtevant, Vice President for Research, National Housing Conference on Local Real Estate Trends and Market Conditions. Dr. Sturtevant will kick off the meeting from 4:00 – 5:30 PM  with a presentation detailing Recent housing market trends in the Washington, D.C. region, including the for-sale and rental markets; The economic and demographic factors affecting the demand for housing, generally, and affordable housing, specifically; and Local policies that help meet the demand for affordable housing. At 6:00 PM, we will transition into HAND’s Annual Holiday Mixer where members can mingle with colleagues over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while celebrating the impact HAND members are making to create vibrant, thriving communities across the metropolitan region!

Please note, registration is only open to HAND Members at this time. If space permits, registration will be extended to non-members on December 1, 2014.

Registration Fees:
This event is free to current HAND Members


Power Point Presentation 

Thank you to Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Metropolitan Washington Bankers Group for sponsoring HAND’s Holiday Mixer and Enterprise for sponsoring the Local Real Estate Trends & Market Conditions Session!


Using Tax Exempt Bonds to Finance Your Developments

January 15, 2015
10 AM – 2 PM

National Association of Realtors
500 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

H ow using 9% and 4% Credits with Bonds to maximize investment leverage will be part of HAND’s always popular Credit and Bond “how to” workshop.  Michael Scheurer, VHDA, Margo Stern, Freddie Mac and Ed Delany of Capital One will be on hand to provide an in depth seminar on the structure of each financing structure and how they can be used together in today’s ever competitive environment.  In addition, the critical partnership agreement, “pay in” issues, and their affect on financing will be highlighted by these seasoned experts. Lunch will be served.

Registration Fees:
This event is free to current HAND Members; $45 for Non Members


Presentation – Michael Sheurer

Presentation – Ed Delany

Thank you to Bozzuto Construction Company for sponsoring this training session!

January Member Meeting: FHLBank Atlanta Affordable Housing Program

January 22, 2015
10 AM – Noon

District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency
815  Florida Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Over the last 20 years, FHLBank Atlanta has awarded over $673 million of equity funding to assist nonprofit, for-profit, and government agencies developing affordable rental and homeownership housing through their Affordable Housing Program (AHP). AHP funds can be used in the acquisition, new construction, preservation or rehabilitation of rental and homeownership housing units affordable to persons earning 80 percent or below the area’s median income. Is your organization interested in FHLBank Atlanta funding, yet uncertain where to begin? If you answered yes, join us for HAND’s January Member meeting. Arthur Fleming, Senior Vice President and Director of the Community Investment Services and Joel Brockmann, Assistant Vice President, Rental Production Manager will engage members in an informative dialogue providing an overview of the program, tips for submitting successful applications, scoring categories, underwriting guidelines and timelines for the funding process. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for members who have participated in the AHP Competitive program in the past to offer feedback to the FHLBank team.  The AHP application will open on June 1st with applications due on July 2nd.

HAND members, please email questions specific to the AHP program in advanced of the meeting to Heather Raspberry.

Registration Fees:
This event is free to current HAND Members and $45 for Non Members.


Powerpoint Presentation

Many thanks to Red Stone Equity Partners for sponsoring this training session!



Permanent Supportive Housing

February 12, 2015
9 AM – Noon

Pepco Edison Place Gallery
702 8th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20068

Join us for HAND’s February Member Meeting on Permanent Supportive Housing. The recent study, Housing Security in the Washington Region (Urban Institute/MWCOG), outlined a need for the development of almost 2,400 new units of permanent supportive housing across the region to meet existing need. This, along with the increasing integration of supportive housing into affordable and other developments, highlights a need for all types of residential developers to learn more about the creation and operation of these types of units.
Holly Denniston, Senior Program Manager, Corporation for Supportive Housing will walk members through an overview of Permanent Supportive Housing including:  six principal supportive housing features; outcome; QAP requirements/opportunities in MD, VA and DC; and supportive housing models and project profiles.
We will then hear from a panel of practitioners who have been on the ground developing and operating PSH developments in the Washington region.   They will each speak to: unique aspects of their projects; models for service delivery; public and private funding/financing streams for development and operations; lessons learned/hurdles; importance of partners; and compliance.  Panelists to include: Chapman Todd, Jaydot LLC; Susie Sinclair Smith, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless; Linda Kelleher, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing; and Angie Rodgers, Peoples Consulting LLC  (moderator).
Registration Fees:

This event is free to current HAND Members and $45 for Non Members.

Thanks to SunTrust Bank for sponsoring this meeting!

Introduction to Low Income Tax Credits and Tax Exempt Bonds

February 19, 2015
Noon – 2 PM

AHC, Inc.
2335 11th Street North
Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22201


HAND Members, we heard your requests for a 101 session on LIHTC and Tax Exempt Bonds! The basics of tax-exempt bonds and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program will be presented for practitioners interested in learning these programs and how they work separately and together to produce affordable housing. Michael Scheurer of the Virginia Housing Development Authority will present this 2-hour session that will include ample time for discussion. This is intended to be a “hands on learning” experience for beginners. Lunch will be served.

Registration Fees:

This event is free to current HAND Members and $45 for Non Members.

MARCH 2015

HAND March Workshop –  Resident-in-Place Rehab Challenges

March 31, 2015
10 AM – 1 PM

NRECA Conference Center
4301 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA

Are you considering doing a renovation of your development and need to work around residents who are currently living on the property? Resident-In-Place Rehabs are becoming more and more popular by developers here in the Washington region; however there are significant challenges that should be considered before you cross go! Join HAND for a workshop where members will use a case study approach to walk you through Steps YOU should consider before taking on a resident-in-place rehab. Project Executives Michael Mueller and Michael Nemo, Hamel Builders; Shelynda Burney Brown, Vice President, Real Estate and Maura Brophy, Asset Manager of Community Preservation Development Corporation; Shawn Samuel, President, JDC Construction; and Christian Jubox of REMCON3 will be on hand to discuss the following valuable tips from their own experiences:

  •        Evaluate Resident in Place vs Residents in the Property vs Complete Vacancy
  •        Relocation Challenges
  •        Communication with Residents
  •        Environmental Concerns
  •        Success Stories
  •        Coordination Required Among Key Team Members (Owner, Management Company, Contractors, Residents)
Registration Fees:

This event is free to current HAND Members and $45 for Non Members.

Thank you to Hamel Builders for sponsoring this meeting!

APRIL 2015

Introducing Generation HAND!! – REGISTRATION FULL

April 1, 2015
4 – 8PM

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers is proud to share our newest program offering: Generation HAND, an emerging leader initiative designed to support the unique needs of practitioners who are on the rise within the affordable housing and community development industry. The goal of this initiative is to provide needed tools and guidance to our developing leaders as they pursue successful careers in the public and private sector.

The program will launch with an informative and in-depth panel discussion followed by a dynamic networking event for participants. The panel discussion will include seasoned professionals representing the various segments of HAND’s membership – Real Estate Development, Philanthropy, Finance, Government, Professional Firms, etc.  Topics will include tips for professional success, personal anecdotes, industry trends, best practices, lessons learned and more!

We hope you will join us for this landmark event. By having a range of perspectives represented by leading industry experts who understand the inner workings of the field, a real opportunity for a well-rounded experience for all attending will occur. These kinds of interactions allow the next generation of real estate professionals to learn from this generation of leaders…and vice versa.

This event is free to HAND Members and Partners!!


4:30 – 6:00PM             Panel Discussion

Confirmed Panel

Jair Lynch, President & CEO, JAIR LYNCH Development Partners

Nancy Rase, President, Homes for America

Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area

Jeffrey S. Lesk, Office Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody

Michael Wiencek, President, Wiencek & Associates Architects + Planners

Brett Macleod , Vice President, JPMorgan Chase

David Bowers, VP & Market Leader, Mid-Atlantic, Enterprise (Moderator)

6:00 – 8:00 PM            Happy Hour/Networking Reception

Registration Fees:
This session is free


Many thanks to the Nonprofit Helping Hands Sponsors: AHC Inc, APAH, CPDC, Homes for America, Housing Initiative Partnership, MHP, National Housing Trust, Victory Housing, and Wesley Housing Development Corporation for sponsoring this event!


MAY 2015

Marcus & Millichap/IPA Multifamily Forum

May 7, 2015
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Kellogg Conference Center
800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC

Join fellow HAND members along with over 400 of the top multifamily investors, owners, developers, financiers and other industry principals and deal makers throughout the Capitol and surrounding areas for the Marcus & Millichap/IPA Multifamily Forum: Washington, DC. Discuss information and wealth-building strategies to continue to build business and secure future investments Washington, D.C. and surrounding area, hear from 40+ speakers about their increasing appetite for multifamily assets in DC. , discover how top names of the multifamily construction and development industry in D.C. are defining the luxury residential developments from medium to large portfolios, and learn smart strategies to develop a range of real estate investments with structured portfolios that take the heartache out of complicated borrower structures and agency financing. The Featured Keynote Speaker is Thomas Bozzuto, Chairman & CEO, Bozzuto Group. Please visit their website for additional information. HAND Members save 25% off registration using code MP-25HAND. Register here today! 

Preservation Through Energy Efficiency Road Show

May 7, 2015

Grand Historic Venue
Baltimore, MD

Join the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association and the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition to better understand your options and hear successful case studies of water and energy retrofits. Energy and water efficiency measures can reduce your properties’ utility use and boost your net operating income. Local utility programs will present on energy efficiency incentives already in place, including a presentation from MD DHCD on $12.5 million in loans and grants available through EmPOWER MD. Please visit their website for more information and to register, receive 25% off by using promo code PTEEMDHAND.

NDC Academy 2015
Ten Scholarships Available for HAND Members!

May  12-14, 2015

Washington, DC

The NDC Academy is a biennial conference that offers economic, housing and community development professionals from around the nation with opportunities to engage in panels and courses addressing the latest policy developments and new trends impacting our profession. There are ten scholarships available for HAND Members, please contact Heather Raspberry to see if you are eligible. NDC is offering HAND Members a special tuition rate of $300 (regularly $825) at the NDC Academy 2015. Please use the registration form to receive the special tuition rate.

Planning & Executing a Year 15 Exit Strategy

May 14, 2015
Noon –  3:30 PM

Silver Spring Civic Center
8525 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Join HAND  for a session exploring disposition strategies for Low Income Housing Tax Credit deals that have reached the end of their 15-year compliance period. First, sit back and hear some Year 15 Horror Stories from your colleagues—then learn how to avoid them!  The session is based on key components from Nancy Rase and Enterprise’s Beyond Year 15: Preserving Housing Credit Projects & Portfolio guide for nonprofits, and includes nuts and bolts panels on how to organize your staff and systems for year 15, how to work with accountants and investors on the ROFR price and who gets the reserves, as well as a review of new developments in the language you should negotiate in your investor letter of intent and deal documents to ensure you are not retelling your own horror stories 15 years from now. Lunch will be served.

Confirmed Speakers and Panelists:

  • Neal Drobenare, NHP Foundation
  • Craig Emden, Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Arndt LLP
  • Alan Goldstein, AHC, Inc.
  • Greg Griffin, Enterprise
  • Erik T. Hoffman, Klein Hornig
  • Chris LoPiano, CPDC
  • Dan Mendelson, Chesapeake Community Advisors, Inc.
  • Nancy Rase, Homes for America
  • Kevin Rayfield, Dixon Hughes Goodman
  • Michael Regan, Boston Capital
  • Sheslie Royster, Cohn Reznick
  • Lydia Tom, Enterprise

Registration Fees:

This event is free to current HAND Members and $45 for Non Members.


Thank you to Klein Hornig for sponsoring this meeting!

HUD & HAND Housing Symposium

May 29, 2015
1:00  – 5:00 PM Program
5:00 – 6:30 PM Reception

Arena Stage at the
Mead Center for American Theater
1101 6th St. SW
Washington, DC

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) are excited to host their 2nd Annual Regional Housing Symposium . This half-day symposium is designed to provide members opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue with HUD leadership on programs that directly impact the work of the region’s affordable housing and community development industry. Topics that will be covered include:

  •  FY 2016 Budget Brief
  •  Multifamily & Single Family Housing Development Pipeline
  •  Using the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD) in the Washington Region
  • Highlights from the Department’s Strategic Plan on Homelessness
  • Updates on HOME, CDBG, and much more

What’s new this year?
We’ve added a special panel discussion, “Using RAD in the Washington Region.” Designed specifically for practitioners implementing RAD in the metropolitan region, this panel discussion will use a case study approach and feature public housing agencies, financiers, law firms and others who are currently utilizing the program. Opportunities to network and catch up with colleagues will follow the program, at a reception from 5:00 – 6:30 PM on the veranda outside the theater. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.   Space is limited for the symposium so register TODAY!

Invited Presenters:

  • Marvin Turner, Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Capital Area
  • Margaret Allen, President and CEO, AGM Financial Services
  • Brian E. Argrett, President and Chief Executive Officer, City First Bank
  • Tatiana Gutierrez Abendschein, Partner, Nixon Peabody
  • Priya Jayachandran, Special Policy Advisor, Multifamily Housing Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • William Lavy, Policy Advisor, Multifamily Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Michael Levine, Housing Program Officer, Single Family Homeownership Center, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Ann Marie Oliva, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Michael Reardon, Partner, Nixon Peabody
  • Vanessa Barnard, Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Michael Scheurer, President, HAND
  • Stacy L. Spann, Executive Director, Housing Opportunities Commission
  • Stephen J. Wallace, Partner, Affordable Housing Practice Group Leader, Nixon Peabody
  • Nicole Wickliffe, Director, Asset Management, Fairfax County DHCD

Registration Fees:
There is no cost to attend this event; however registration is only open to HAND Members & HUD Staff.


Many thanks to Nixon Peabody and City First Bank for sponsoring our 2nd Annual Symposium!

JUNE 2015

National Development Council Mixed Use Real Estate Finance – REGISTRATION FULL

June 4 – 5, 2015

Silver Spring Civic Center
8525 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Join HAND for a comprehensive training on Mixed Use Real Estate Finance. Small cities and urban neighborhoods are at their best when their historic Main Street Districts pulse with uses and activities that bring a community alive: residential, retail,/office entertainment, services and public spaces. Understanding how to finance mixed-used development as a way to catalyze Main Street, energizing it with shopping, dining, culture and entertainment, is critical for communities.  This course explores debt, equity and public/private financing tools available for  redevelopment as follows:

  • Mixed-Use Development Challenges
    • Commercial real estate revitalization
    • Community facilities on Main Street
    • The community perspective on revitalization
    • Inventory:  what do you have to work with?
    • Thinking outside the box for adaptive reuse
  • Mixed Financing:  The Right Recipe
    • Real estate financing process
    • Estimating project costs
    • Projecting the developer’s pro forma
    • Determining debt capacity
    • Measuring equity attracted
    • Quantifying the financing gap
    • Closing the gap
  • Taxes and Real Estate Development
    • Cash flow after tax
    • Depreciation
    • Historic Rehabilitation, Low-Income Housing and New Markets Tax Credits
  • Financing Tools for Mixed-Use Development
    • Debt and equity vehicles
    • Programs: CDBG, CDBG Float Loan, Section 108 and tax-exempt bond financing
    • Other Structuring Tools: tax increment financing, ground leases, tax abatement and payment in lieu of taxes

Registration Fees:

This event is $100 to current HAND Members and $200 for Non Members.


Many thanks to Capital One for sponsoring this session!

AHF Live: Housing Developers Forum

June 10-12, 2015

The Ritz Carlton Hotel
Crystal City, VA

AHF Live is launching a second event in 2015 due to overwhelming support for widening their programming and high level networking. At AHF Live: Housing Developers Forum, developers and owners will huddle with legislators and housing finance officials to provide solutions on how to best navigate that intersection of government and affordable housing to serve more Americans. To ensure the highest-quality learning and networking event, attendance is reserved exclusively for people who are primarily owners and developers of affordable housing, plus state and local housing finance agency representatives and nonprofit organizations focused on the business of affordable housing. Only vendors, service providers, and financial intermediaries who have paid a fee as official sponsors and/or exhibitors of this event can attend. HAND members can receive an additional $50 off  early bird registration by using the code HAND50. Register Today!

HAND Annual Meeting & Housing Expo

June 23,  2015

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

Register Today

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