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Greening the Multifamily Housing Stock: What's Next for California?

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PST)

Greening the Multifamily Housing Stock: What's Next...

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*Registration for this Symposium is now closed. There will be a limited number of on-site registrations available on 1/6, beginning at 9 AM.
Greening the Multifamily Housing Stock:
What's Next for California?

January 6, 2010

9:30-4:30 p.m.

   Waterfront Hotel, Oakland, CA  

The recent American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides billions of dollars for weatherization and green retrofits for public housing, HUD-assisted, and other affordable housing. This Symposium will bring together experts and practitioners involved in affordable housing in California to discuss how these and other relatively new financing resources are being used throughout the State to green existing affordable homes. This one day Symposium provides an opportunity to evaluate both the benefits and challenges involved in accessing these resources, and to discuss experiences with peers and experts working in the field.

Who Should Attend? Session topics are geared toward Public Housing Authorities, Owners and Managers of Multifamily Affordable Housing, Nonprofit Housing Developers, State and Local Housing Program Staff, Lenders, and Investors. 

Confirmed Speakers and Panelists

  • Ted Toon, HUD Office of Affordable Housing Preservation
  • Gail Livingston, Boston Housing Authority
  • Casius Pealer, US Green Building Council
  • Ryan Chao, Satellite Housing
  • Meg McGraw Scherer, CHPC
  • Eric Nyman, Sun, Light & Power
  • Vince O'Donnell, LISC Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative
  • Bill Lowell, San Mateo County Housing Authority
  • Doug Shoemaker, City of San Francisco, Mayor's Office of Housing
  • Valerie Agostino, Mercy Housing
  • Stephanie Forbes, Bay Area LISC
  • Barbara Smith, San Francisco Housing Authority
  • Terese MacNamee, Eden Housing
  • Lisa Hodges, DC Housing Authority
  • Lisa Baker, Yolo County Housing Authority
  • Wayne Waite, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development



    Welcome and Opening Plenary Session                           

    Stimulus Update: What Have We Done to Date?   

    This panel will provide an overview of new federal stimulus programs relevant to greening affordable housing, with a focus on the programs that flow through state and local governments, including the Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program, State Energy Program, and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants. The presentation will include best practices in the application of these programs to multifamily housing across the country. Panelists will also discuss the implications of the recent passage of AB758.



    Breakout Sessions: Experiences on the Ground Part 1

    Session 1: Financing Green Improvements to Public Housing

    This session is an opportunity for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to share information and best practices on their recent use of specific green housing financing programs, with a focus on innovative uses of Capital Fund financing, stimulus funding, and other resources.

    Session 2: Green Resources for Private Owners

    This session is an opportunity for private owners and developers to discuss the green financing resources directed toward HUD-assisted multifamily housing. The session will focus on the initial experiences with the HUD Green Retrofit Program, in which California has the largest number of active projects in the country. Panelists will also discuss a new initiative sponsored by Enterprise, and compare and contrast these programs with previous efforts to green multifamily properties.

    Breakout Sessions: Experiences on the Ground Part 2

    Session 3: Making the Numbers Work for Solar Photovoltaic Systems

    This session will explore the complexities involved in accessing multiple types of tax credits for adding renewable energy to affordable housing projects. An owner's ability to use these tax credits depends on the ownership structure for the project and whether they plan to own directly or enter a Power Purchase Agreement. Panelists will discuss specific case study examples of projects involving Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Solar Tax Credits, Renewable Energy Credits and the Multifamily and the California Solar Initiative rebate programs.


    Session 4: Financing Energy Efficiency Improvements Through an Energy    Performance Contracting Organization (ESCO)        

    This session will explore innovations in the use of Energy Performance Contracting to generate substantial new resources for Public Housing Authorities. Panelists will discuss case studies illustrating how this approach can be used to leverage tens of millions of dollars in utility reductions captured through  ESCOs who have brought bond financing to the table to fund energy improvements.


    Wrap-up Session: Where Do We Go From Here?

    This session is the culmination of all the Symposium topics discussed and how they fit together.  Speakers will comment on key concepts and issues mentioned throughout the day and share ideas about where California can go from here to increase the availability and utilization of green housing financing programs.


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    A limited number of discounted registrations at $90 are available for CHDOs, community-based nonprofits,and small public housing authorities (500 units or less). If you think you qualify for this reduced rate, please email to request a discount code before you register.

    Sponsored By: Local Initiatives Support Corporation, California Housing Partnership Corporation, Neighborworks America, and Oakland Housing Authority

    Have questions about Greening the Multifamily Housing Stock: What's Next for California?? Contact Local Initiatives Support Corporation

    When & Where

    Waterfront Hotel
    10 Washington St.
    Oakland, CA 94607

    Wednesday, January 6, 2010 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PST)

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    The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC mobilizes corporate, government and philanthropic support to provide local community development organizations with:

    • loans, grants and equity investments
    • local, statewide and national policy support
    • technical and management assistance


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