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Inclusive Communities: A Solutions Forum on Housing

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Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver

650 15th Street

Denver, CO 80202

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Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Denver Office of Economic Development Invite You to Attend

Inclusive Communities: A Solutions Forum on Housing

Inclusive Communities: A Solutions Forum on Housing, the third annual Mayor's Housing Forum, will convene 500 public, private, non-profit sector, and community leaders from across the Denver Metropolitan Area to discuss policy tools and investment strategies to create and preserve affordable housing throughout the region.

The Forum will combine plenary sessions that place affordable housing in a broader context of economic mobility and our identity as a region with four breakout tracks that focus on identifying policy, programmatic, and investment strategies to create and preserve affordable housing across the Denver Metropolitan Area. The four breakout sessions - focused on gentrification, the preservation of affordable housing, homeownership, and access to opportunity - will take place throughout the morning, and are designed to provide a space for our region's housing stakeholders to dig deep and plan action.

Early-bird registration at a rate of $50 is available through Friday, April 28. A limited number of scholarships are available, primarily for individuals impacted by rising housing costs and non-profit organizations. An application to receive a scholarship for this year's Housing Summit can be found here.

Please contact the Denver Office of Economic Development’s Housing Division at housingsummit@denvergov.org with any questions.

Event Program Overview

7:00-10:00am Check-In

7:15-8:15am Optional Networking Breakfast Session (pre-purchase required)

  1. Market Dynamics: An Economic Update

8:30-10:00am Morning Plenary: Federal Housing Policy Changes, State and Local Responses

10:30am-12:45pm Breakout Sessions: Participants will have the opportunity to select one breakout track to participate in throughout the day. Topics include:

  1. Preserving Affordable Housing: Understanding the Needs of Property Owners and Residents

  2. Anti-Displacement Strategies in Gentrifying Neighborhoods: Supporting Renters

  3. Economic Mobility and Access to Opportunity across the Income Spectrum

  4. Creating and Sustaining Affordable Homeownership as Prices Rise

1:00-3:00pm Lunch & Afternoon Plenary

Optional Breakfast Session

This 1-hour session is available for separate purchase and will offer light breakfast fare. The topic will be Market Dynamics: An Economic Update. How will the housing market in Denver evolve? This session will discuss the dynamics of the region’s housing market, and what we can expect in the months to come.

Breakout Topics

Each participant will have the opportunity to participate in a focused two-hour breakout session. Topic areas include the following:

  • Preserving Affordable Housing: Understanding the Needs of Property Owners and Residents

    Thousands of income-qualified housing units throughout Denver are at risk of being converted to market-rate in the coming years. Denver has begun to develop and deploy tools to identify and preserve these units, including an inventory of covenant-restricted units, a right of first refusal on covenant-restricted units, and City financing products for acquisition and/or rehab of affordable housing.

    This session will explore what next steps we need to take to leverage these tools more effectively. How do we identify the overlap between the housing with the highest need for preservation (for example, units that house vulnerable or very low income populations, or that are in rapidly gentrifying areas) and housing where preservation is financially feasible? How do we identify the needs and interests of the owners of this housing and offer interventions to meet their needs in alternative ways?

  • Anti-Displacement Strategies in Gentrifying Neighborhoods: Supporting Renters

    In an era of rising land costs, changing transportation patterns, and population growth, some neighborhoods are experiencing economic pressures and increased housing costs that place low- and moderate-income residents at risk of displacement. Renters and homeowners are vulnerable to different aspects of these pressures; groups within each category, such as families with children or undocumented residents, may face additional impacts.

    This session will explore policy tools that could be implemented to serve some of the most vulnerable populations in neighborhoods at risk of gentrification – low- and moderate-income renters. What are the rights of and what programmatic resources are available to help tenants at risk of displacement stay in their homes? What policy tools might we employ to better serve renters who are seeking to maintain or access stable housing? And above all, how do we keep residents at the heart of policy decisions?

  • Economic Mobility and Access to Opportunity across the Income Spectrum

    In addition to stable and affordable housing, a host of factors – access to high-quality education, public transit, health care, and employment – contribute to the ability of Denver residents to move upward along the income spectrum. However, vulnerable populations – persons experiencing homelessness, persons with disabilities or mental health challenges, and low-to-moderate income residents – may face unique barriers to opportunity.

    Economic mobility may depend on access to specialized resources, from low-cost, targeted health care to housing coupled with supportive services. What community solutions that are supportive of economic mobility exist in Denver now, or should exist? How can a person-centered approach to economic mobility that is cognizant of the unique challenges faced by vulnerable populations guide planning and policymaking in the Denver metropolitan area?

  • Creating and Sustaining Affordable Homeownership as Prices Rise

    Homeownership is often viewed as a financial tool, but its impact on the lives of Denver residents and families is much broader: access to homeownership helps to keep families in their communities, preserves stable access to services and employment, and supports the long-term wellbeing of children and families. And yet, affordable homeownership is becoming less attainable as home prices in the Denver Metro Area soar.

    How do we create homeownership opportunities right now? And how do we keep families in their homes as they face rising costs of homeownership and pressure to sell their land for redevelopment, such as facilitating the creation of accessory dwelling units (ADUs)? What programs could help preserve affordability long-term, such as community land trusts? In this session, we will hear from organizations building and financing for-sale housing; housing counselors helping residents to access housing and remain in their homes; and organizations viewing homeownership as a means of mitigating the impacts of gentrification.

Inclusive Communities is presented by Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Denver Office of Economic Development.

Pricing Overview

Online Registration Closes Tuesday, May 16. Complete your registration soon, this event will sell out quickly!

  • Breakfast ONLY Session: $20 pre-registration

  • Early Bird Registration: March 14-April 28: $50, With discounted Breakfast Session: $65

  • Regular Registration: April 29-May 10: $60, With discounted Breakfast Session: $75

  • Last-Minute Registration: May 11-May 16: $70, With discounted Breakfast Session: $85


Can I volunteer for the event?

We are accepting applications for volunteers to help with several aspects of the event. Please submit your details by filling out this volunteer interest form. Applications will be accepted through April 14. Selected volunteers will be contacted prior to the event with training details.

Are childcare or spanish-language translation services available?

The City will be making childcare and Spanish-language translation services available for participants at the Summit. We have updated our registration form to make sure we’re aware of your needs. If you have already registered and will need childcare or translation services, please email us at housingsummit@denvergov.org so we can make accomodations.

Is there a nursing room available?

A room will be made available to nursing moms bringing babies or those new moms needing to pump. Please email us at housingsummit@denvergov.org to alert us to your needs.

What are my transportation/parking options?

Public Transit Planning

Light Rail Lines D, F, and H stop at the Convention Center, located at 14th and Stout, 1 block from the Hyatt Regency. Upon exiting the train, cross 14th Street and turn right, heading toward California Street. Turn left on California Street and enter the Hyatt on the Calfornia Street side. Take the escalator to the second floor to check-in. Use the RTD Trip Planner for more details and options.


For your convenience, the Hyatt Regency, Denver offers both valet and self-parking options based upon availability. Underground, covered self-parking is located off of 14th and Welton Streets. The parking office for vehicle departure is adjacent to the parking elevators on the lobby floor.

Discounted Day-Pass Only Parking Fees:

  • Self-parking: $15

  • Valet parking: $21

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact housingsummit@denvergov.org for more details.

What's the refund policy?

Refunds will be available for requests submitted by May 1, 2017. Substitutions are welcome. Contact housingsummit@denvergov.org for more details.

Will there be photography or videography?

Only general sessions will be recorded. A photographer will be present throughout the event. By registering to attend, you are consenting to the publication, reproduction, distribution or other use by the Denver Office of Economic Development, of attendee's name, photograph, video and/or likeness for advertising future events or other marketing purposes.

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