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June 2017

Thought leaders to assemble in Spokane for 24th Annual Affordable Housing Conference

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Housing Washington, an annual conference on affordable housing, returns for the 24th year on October 2-4. The forum features national experts, including keynote speaker Diane Yentel, plus regional leaders, local professionals, an exhibitor showcase, and an awards program.

Yentel is a veteran affordable housing policy expert and advocate with nearly two decades of work on affordable housing and community development issues. As president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), she will share her organization's findings on how to end homelessness and housing poverty in the U.S.

Other featured speakers for the 2017 Housing Washington event include:

  • James Carr, Visiting Fellow with the Roosevelt Institute and a professor in urban affairs at Wayne State University;
  • Chris Estes, president and CEO of the National Housing Conference; and
  • Anat Shenker-Osorio, a strategic communications expert, researcher and political pundit

This year's event, to be held at the Spokane Convention Center, is expected to draw 750 attendees.

Participants will include community developers; elected officials and civic leaders; housing authorities; industry associations; lenders, investors and syndicators; nonprofit developers and housing providers; planners and planning commissioners; property managers; residential builders and developers; social service providers; sustainable development experts; trade and service vendors, urban and rural architects; utility providers; and young professionals.

Early bird registration ends September 8. Both full conference and one-day tickets are offered. Scholarships are available for Washington residents who work for the nonprofit community, government agencies, and individuals/associated professionals who otherwise cannot afford to attend.

This year's event is a presentation of the state Housing Finance Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce in partnership with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.

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