Homes Within Reach Conference
Thank you so much for your interest in our Homes Within Reach conference. Please be advised that although on-line registration is now closed, we are happy to register you on-site at the Hilton Harrisburg on the second floor beginning on Monday afternoon, November 11. Registration is open from 4:00-9:00 p.m. on Monday, 11/11 and again on Tuesday morning beginning at 7:00 a.m. Should you have any questions in the interim, feel free to call the registrars at 717-545-9991. Thank you.
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SPECIAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
We invite you to join us for this year’s Homes within Reach conference. Our goal is to energize you through a rich program of workshops, plenary sessions and networking opportunities. We invite you as affordable housing developers and providers, public officials, social service providers, local leaders to create connections and build the industry - because everyone needs a home within their reach.
The Homes within Reach Program and Sponsorship Committees have worked for 8 months to craft a program that works for you. This year we have made the schedule more compact and the sessions shorter. And as always, there are plenty of networking opportunities built in through breaks, receptions and meals. (Click here for Schedule At A Glance).
Monday night we start with Affinity Dinners to give you a chance to spend the evening “digging deeper” with others who share your passion for development, rebuilding homeownership, veterans homelessness, or fighting blight through land banking or code enforcement. Since this is the first year for the Affinity Dinners, please give us lots of feedback so we can assess if they are worth doing, and if so, how to shape them to best meet your needs next year.
This year for the first time Tuesday is the Housing Alliance Kick-Off Breakfast. We invite you to join us for the important work of board elections, bylaws changes and recognition of our amazing leadership team. We also say goodbye to four Housing Alliance founders: Jim Berry, Mark Levin, Roy Newsome and Larry Swanson who have been involved since 1982!
We hope you will join us to hear about the campaign for an expanded State Housing Trust Fund. The first $18M we won is out on the street building and rehabbing homes in the Marcellus Shale counties. Now we have launched a campaign to build on success and get new housing investment dollars for the other counties. We hope you’ll get involved.
Tuesday’s conference program is jammed full of 52 workshops for professionals working in Homeownership, Homelessness, Rental Development and Blight - all facets of the industry under one roof. The last session of the day goes from 4:30-5:30 pm so we’ve added an extra reward to those who stick it out for those last sessions. Not only do they feature some of our strongest presenters, but you will be rewarded for showing up!
This year we have beefed up the Justice Involved offerings through an innovative partnership with Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). In fact, Tuesday’s luncheon speaker is PA’s dynamic Secretary of Corrections, John E. Wetzel. Research shows that providing a safe, affordable home to people leaving the justice system actually makes communities safer. People with stable homes they are less likely to end up back in jail which means fewer crimes. And permanent rental assistance with services is cheaper than prison. We love win-win solutions and we hope you will be intrigued by this new opportunity.
After lunch we invite you to sit back and relax with "Finding the Funny in Change” with Comedian Jan McInnis.
Tuesday evening features the PHFA Networking Reception followed by the PNC Scholarship Raffle which raises funds so that no one misses the conference because they can’t afford it. The raffle money matches the DCED Scholarships. This year we also recognize several people who have contributed significantly to the field through their support of the Housing Alliance and are now retiring: Peter Kaplan and Carol Lawrence from PNC, Ricardo Savido from BNY Mellon, Dave Evans and Brenda Wells from PHFA.
Wednesday starts with our first-ever Networking Breakfast (and handheld breakfast sandwiches) followed by four Big Ideas that are shaping the field. Choose the 1 that appeals to you - the National Housing Trust Fund movement, of which Pennsylvania is proudly a part, the National Bipartisan Commission on Housing (you read that right, bipartisan; it exists), the latest LIHTC news, always the most popular session, and the new national approach to homelessness that is turning the system upside down.
We close the conference on Wednesday morning with a high-powered Funders and Investors Panel. The money landscape has changed dramatically in the past five years so we decided to explore what it looks like from local, regional, state and national perspectives. We finish in time for you to check out of the hotel and get on the road before lunch.
As with any major event, it’s the leaders and organizers who make it great. We are indebted to our committee chairmen who put in many, many hours to make this conference a success: Chuck Scalise, Conference Chair, Stu Poppel, Sponsorship Chair and George Klaus, Program Chair. Mary Penny and Amy Neurohr Chair this year’s Raffle.
Please join me in thanking the 132 Sponsors and Exhibitors who make this conference financially possible. Please stop by their exhibits and patronize their businesses so they know that we appreciate their support.
The tireless work of a few key people makes this conference the well-oiled machine that brings people back year after year: Val Kolb, Coordinator, Susan Shermer and her staff, Colleen Balistrieri, Graphic Artist, Greg O’Loughlin and Fred Ritter, SWELL, Larry Ceisler, John McDonald and Kirk Dorn from Ceisler Media.
We look forward to seeing you in Harrisburg!
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** This entire conference is CLE-Approved **
** Legislators and Legislative Staff Receive Complimentary Registration **
For Schedule At A Glance, click here.
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