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Title: Affordable housing issues ; vol. 11 no. 6
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Title: Affordable housing issues ; vol. 11 no. 6
Series Title: Affordable housing issues
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Creator: Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing
Publisher: Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: October 2000
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Volume XI, Number 6 October 2000

The Florida Housing Coalition is delighted to present its 13th Annual Conference on 13-14 November
2000 in Miami, Florida. This year, the Coalition focuses on housing policies and programs, with an
emphasis on mixed-income housing on the first day and with its traditional training courses on the
second day. On 15 November the Coalition, joined by the Florida Coalition for the Homeless, present
the First Statewide Supportive Housing Summit as a post-conference event. The summit is designed to
kick-off an initiative to build a coalition of broad and diverse groups and individuals that are
interested in supportive housing. Advocates, service providers, government officials, and housing
developers shouldn't miss this organizational event.
The Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing is pleased to endorse the Coalition's conference and to
encourage affordable housing professionals throughout Florida to participate in and learn from the
Contact the Florida Housing Coalition in Tallahassee by phone (850-878-4219), by FAX (850-942-6312),
or by e-mail ( for registration information. You may also download the registration
form at the Coalition's web site at or have a registration form faxed to you by
calling the Coalition's Fax Information Line at 850-297-1060.

The conference opens Monday morning (13 Novem
ber) with a plenary session including welcoming
addresses by Mark Hendrickson, Chair of the Coalition's
Board of Directors, and Tracy Suber, Executive Director
of the Coalition. These welcoming comments will be
followed by State-of-the-State addresses by Mark
Kaplan, Executive Director of the Florida Housing
Finance Corporation, and by Tom Pierce, Director of
Housing & Community Development in the Florida
Department of Community Affairs. Following these
addresses is the Success Stories segment, a highlight of
the Coalition's annual conferences. Here, represent
tives from three communities will share lessons learned
and what makes their work successful.


On Tuesday, 14
November, Ray Suarez,
Senior Correspondent, The
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,
and former host of National
Public Radio's s Talk of the
Nation, will speak on his book:
The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great
Suburban Migration: 1966-1999.
Ray Suarez joined The NewsHour with Jim
Lehrer in October 1999 as a Washington-based,
senior correspondent responsible for
conducting newsmaker interviews, studio
discussions and debates, reporting from the
field, and serving as a backup anchor to Jim
Lehrer. Suarez has 20 years of varied
experience in the news business. He came to
The NewsHour from National Public Radio
where he had been host of the nationwide, call-
in news program Talk of the Nation since 1993.
Prior to that, he spent seven years covering
local, national and international stories for the
NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Suarez
was also a Los Angeles correspondent for CNN,
a producer for the ABC Radio Network in New
York, a reporter for CBS Radio in Rome, and a
reporter for various American and British news
services in London. His essays and criticisms
have been published in The New York Times, The
Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The
Baltimore Sun, among other publications.

It is widely acknowledged among
affordable housing professionals that mixed-
income housing is a positive step toward
growing economically integrated
neighborhoods. The symposium (scheduled for

Monday afternoon, 13 November) is dedicated
to exploring the breadth of challenges and
opportunities for mixed-income housing in
Florida. This year's symposium consists of a
moderated panel discussion by practitioners
from different areas of the affordable housing
field and three break-out sessions: influencing
public policy; the economics of mixed-income
housing development; and the local government
the theory of mixed-income housing to the
economic pments come in various sizes, all
bringing with them their own unique set of
challenges. From infill duplexes to 300-unit
Housing Credit deals, participants will be
provided with information on the financial and
development realities of small, medium and
large deals. Participants will hear different
perspectives on sizing developments and type of
rental developments, as well as neighborhood
and funding factors that influence the size of a
The Special Needs Housing track will
demonstrate that developing housing that is
affordable and supportive for people with
special needs is no longer a dream. There are
many successful programs in Florida that
illustrate the momentum for strategic funding
that serves people with very-low incomes and
who have disabilities. Speakers will share their
experiences with a wide variety of housing
alternatives, including the Coalition's
demonstration projects sponsored by the Florida
Developmental Disabilities Council. This
afternoon session features topics such as:
financial resources, planning strategies, and
supportive services that can help the dream of
affordable housing for persons with
developmental disabilities come true. Hear
professionals in this field share their successes
and challenges in providing this type of


The Housing Preservation track focuses
attention of the fact that more than 300
affordable multifamily properties in Florida are
at risk of converting to market rate this year
with hundreds more over the next several years.
This workshop is designed as a follow-up to the
introductory Transaction Workshop held earlier
this year. Participants will work through
models of purchasing, financing, and
rehabilitating multifamily properties with
expiring Section 8 contracts. Strategies for
development and operating budgets will be
shared with examples from properties acquired
by nonprofits in Florida. The afternoon session
will address the fact that local housing
strategies without plans for preservation can
impede a community's desire to increase the
number of affordable units in the housing stock.
Speakers will share examples of local strategies,
successful programs, and barriers.
Understanding how a community's housing
strategy is affected by older housing stock,
including multifamily units with expiring use
agreements, will help you define priorities and
begin the process of developing policy to make
best use of existing resources and discover new
ways to encourage preservation.

The Coalition is pleased to present the
SHIP Administrators' Roundtable for a second
year. In response to participant feedback, a
roundtable has been scheduled as a breakfast
meeting on the second day. Join the Florida
Housing Finance Corporation's SHIP
Administrator, Tom Burt, other SHIP
administrators, and program staff for this
roundtable discussion.
The Florida Housing Coalition pleased to
host the Affordable Housing Study
Commission's Annual Stakeholders Meeting.

The Commission, appointed by the Governor,
recommends improvements to public policy to
stimulate community development and to
promote the production and preservation of
decent and affordable housing for all
Floridians. Use this time to tell commissioners
your priorities for the 2010 plan to adequately
house all Floridians.

The Florida Housing Coalition and the
Florida Coalition for the Homeless are co-
sponsoring this first statewide Supportive
Housing Summit. This joint effort is designed
to bring together a broad and diverse group of
individuals representing organizations
interested in supportive housing, including
advocates, service providers, government
officials, and housing developers for the
purpose of further developing housing that is
linked with supportive services for Florida
residents with a variety of special needs.
Participants in this full-day conference will
learn what constitutes supportive housing, and
its positive impact on special-needs populations
and the communities in which they live.
Participants will learn about what other states
have done to foster supportive housing and
how a Supportive Housing Coalition can
positively impact local and statewide policy.
Attendees will be engaged in developing a
platform to increase awareness and resources
dedicated to this very important type of
housing and begin planning for greater
statewide coordination in sharing "know-how"
in developing successful models of housing
with services. The keynote speaker for this
session is The Honorable John McKinney,
Connecticut State Senator and son of the late
Stewart B. McKinney, after whom the Federal
Homeless Assistance Act is named.

13th Annual Statewide
Afforadable Housing Conference
November 13-14, 2000
Sheraton Biscayne Bay Hotel
Miami, Florida

Post-conference session:

Supportive Housing Summit

November 15, 2000

Affordable Housing ISSUES is prepared bi-monthly by the Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing for the purpose of
discussing contemporary issues facing affordable housing providers. Reproduction of this newsletter is both permitted and
encouraged. Comments or questions regarding the content are welcome and should be addressed to Robert C. Stroh, Director.

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