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Top Housing and Transit Leaders Converge in Denver to Discuss Inclusion of Affordable Housing in Transit-Oriented Development

“Partners in Innovation” Symposium Examines Challenges and Opportunities of Developing Affordable Homes Near Public Transportation

Denver, CO (September 27, 2010) More than 200 federal, state and local leaders converged in Denver today to discuss strategies for developing and sustaining transit-oriented development (TOD) that include housing that is affordable to people with low and moderate incomes. Entitled Partners in Innovation: Including Affordable and Workforce Housing within Transit-Oriented Development, the day-long symposium was hosted by the National Housing Conference (NHC) and Center for Housing Policy with major funding from the Ford Foundation, the Home Depot Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Surdna Foundation.

Shelley Poticha, director of HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, delivered keynote remarks on how the Obama Administration's Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities will impact state, regional and local efforts to implement affordable housing and transit-oriented development. Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks moderated a plenary panel discussion featuring representatives from Portland, Oregon, and California's Bay Area who provided insights into their experiences with equitable transit-oriented development.

"People of low and moderate incomes have an enormous need for housing near public transportation, but often cannot afford it. Experts agree that making transit-oriented development accessible to people of all income levels creates better access to job opportunities, reduced traffic, improved health and a better quality of life for the entire community," NHC President and CEO Maureen Friar stated.

Specific symposium discussion topics included:

• Choosing 'Opportunity Sites' for Location-Efficient Development

• Financing Affordable and Workforce Housing within TOD

• Interagency Coordination at the State and Local Level

• TOD's Contribution to Public Health and Wellness

The Partners in Innovation symposium featured numerous housing, transportation, public health and finance experts, including:

• Geoff Anderson, Smart Growth America

• Allison Brooks, Reconnecting America

• Monica Buhlig, Kaiser Permanente

• Jillian Detweiler, TriMet

• Nadine Fogarty, Strategic Economics

• Ken Kirkey, Association of Bay Area Governments

• Jeffrey Lubell, Center for Housing Policy

• Tamir Novotny, Living Cities

The symposium planning committee included representatives from the National Housing Trust, Reconnecting America, Smart Growth America, and Transportation for America. To learn more, visit: http://www.nhc.org/policy/Denver-Events.html

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