2022 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference

Wednesday, November 16 2022 7:45 AM - 7:00 PM [EST]

60 Battery Street, Burlington, Vermont, 05401, United States

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Conference Registration Partial Approval - $110.00

Sales end on 11/11/2022

Early bird pricing - limited time only, ends October 7th. Will attending the conference represent a financial hardship for you? We have a limited number of scholarships available to attend the conference for free. Please email conference@vhfa.org to discuss options. To purchase a ticket, select quantity "1" above.

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Wednesday, November 16 2022 7:45 AM - 7:00 PM [EST]

Hilton Burlington, 60 Battery Street, Burlington, Vermont, 05401, United States.

For over 20 years, the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference has drawn hundreds of Vermonters interested in affordable housing together. After cancelling the conference in 2020, we are excited to again host an in-person event on Wednesday, November 16th, 2022. 

This is the only conference that brings together housing professionals from across the state to cover a comprehensive range of topics like housing development, single family financing, affordable housing, housing policy, local planning for housing, homelessness, and other special topics. Throughout this year’s conference, we will frame topics in terms of what each of us in our various roles can do to solve the housing crisis faced by Vermont. This event typically draws over 400 attendees and evaluations are consistently positive about the opportunities to network, learn, and be inspired. 

Hotel Rooms

Rooms at the Burlington Hilton for the conference are available at the discounted rate of $111/night. Email conference@vhfa.org to arrange booking. 

Safety

The Conference Organizers are closely monitoring COVID-19 conditions and intend to follow the latest guidelines suggested by the Vermont Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. At this point, masking at the conference is encouraged. 

Housing Hero

We'll be awarding a Housing Hero award during lunch at the conference to recognize the achievements and service of an individual who has made an impact on housing in VermontDo you know someone who whose leadership, vision and actions have brought about positive and lasting change? Nominate them today!

Conference Sponsorships

The Conference Planning Committee is now accepting conference sponsorships. Learn more about the many benefits of sponsoring and register to sponsor today

Cancellation policy

We cannot offer refunds after Tuesday, November 1, or for conference no-shows.

If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to send another person from your organization to take your place at the conference. 

Vermont Statewide Housing Conference Planning Committee

Evernorth, NAACP Windham County, Thriving Communities/Fair Housing Project of CVOEO, USDA Rural Development (USDA RD), Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC), Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS), Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies (VAPDA), Vermont Board of Realtors, Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness, Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Vermont Home Builders & Remodelers Association, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB), Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT), Vermont Office of Racial Equity, Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA)

Contact the Organizer

Sara Bronin
Professor
Cornell Law School

Sara Bronin is a Mexican-American architect, attorney, professor, and policymaker whose interdisciplinary work focuses on how law and policy can foster more equitable, sustainable, well-designed, and connected places. She is a Professor of the Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, an Associated Faculty Member of the Cornell Law School, the Director of the Legal Constructs Lab, and a Faculty Fellow of the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. She was recently nominated by President Biden to chair the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and is pending Senate confirmation. Bronin is the founder of DesegrateCT, an effort to expand housing opportunity in Connecticut by mapping zoning restrictions, promoting transit-oriented communities, advocating for sensible lot sizes for homes, and reducing bureaucracy. She is currently leading efforts to create a national zoning atlas to expand this work.

https://sarabronin.com/

About Sara Bronin

Professor
Cornell Law School
Kerry Secrest
Principal
Watershed Coaching

https://www.watershedcoachingllc.com/

About Kerry Secrest

Principal
Watershed Coaching
Martin Hahn
Executive Director
Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness

https://helpingtohousevt.org/

About Martin Hahn

Executive Director
Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness
Jacob Hemmerick
Planning and Policy Manager
Department of Housing and Community Development

About Jacob Hemmerick

Planning and Policy Manager
Department of Housing and Community Development
Eric Hoffman
Manager of Business Development
Vermont Housing Finance Agency

Eric Hoffman is the Manager of Business Development for Homeownership at VHFA. Eric is responsible for marketing, education and outreach to help Vermonters understand how VHFA homeownership programs and benefits can benefit homebuyers. Before joining VHFA, Eric was a Home Education Counselor with Champlain Housing Trust helping Vermonters gain access to safe and affordable housing. Eric holds a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, and briefly practiced real estate law in Vermont before entering the non-profit sector. In addition to working at VHFA, Eric teaches property law as an adjunct professor at Champlain College.

About Eric Hoffman

Manager of Business Development
Vermont Housing Finance Agency
Karen Horn
Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
Vermont League of Cities and Towns

About Karen Horn

Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
Vermont League of Cities and Towns
Jenny Hyslop
Housing Director
Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

https://vhcb.org/

About Jenny Hyslop

Housing Director
Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
Jess Hyman
Associate Director, Statewide Housing Advocacy Programs
Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity

About Jess Hyman

Associate Director, Statewide Housing Advocacy Programs
Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
Elisabeth Kulas
Principal
Kulas Consulting LLC

About Elisabeth Kulas

Principal
Kulas Consulting LLC
Kate Laud
President and CEO
Opportunities Credit Union

https://www.oppsvt.org

About Kate Laud

President and CEO
Opportunities Credit Union
David Martins
Director
Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

https://www.vtaffordablehousing.org/

About David Martins

Director
Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
Megan Roush
Director of Development
Vermont Housing Finance Agency

Megan Roush is Director of Development at Vermont Housing Finance Agency. She is chair of the Manufactured Housing Subcommittee of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. Prior to coming to VHFA, Roush worked as a Housing Loan Specialist at USDA Rural Development. Roush has a bachelor's degree from Saint Michael's College and is currently completing her M.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. She also serves as a volunteer emergency medical technician with Colchester Rescue.

https://vhfa.org/

About Megan Roush

Director of Development
Vermont Housing Finance Agency
Belan Antensaye
Strategy and Innovation Manager
City of Burlington’s Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Department

About Belan Antensaye

Strategy and Innovation Manager
City of Burlington’s Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Department
Tino Rutanhira
Entrepreneur
Vermont Professionals of Color Network

About Tino Rutanhira

Entrepreneur
Vermont Professionals of Color Network
Jessica Savage
Director of Community Collaboration
Vermont Council on Rural Development

https://www.vtrural.org/

About Jessica Savage

Director of Community Collaboration
Vermont Council on Rural Development
Jennifer Schwartz
Director
Tax and Housing Advocacy

https://www.ncsha.org

About Jennifer Schwartz

Director
Tax and Housing Advocacy
Chad Simmons
Housing Policy & Engagement Specialist
Vermont Housing Finance Agency

Chad Simmons (he/him/his) joined VHFA in January 2021 in the role of Housing Policy and Engagement Specialist. Since joining VHFA, Chad leads the agency's justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts and builds relationships with other housing and community partners. Prior to joining VHFA, Chad spent 15 years as a community organizer and advocate in Windham County working on numerous, but inter-connected issues ranging from early childhood, environmental justice, and community health. Chad lives in Montpelier with his partner Carrie and daughter Ember.

https://vhfa.org/

About Chad Simmons

Housing Policy & Engagement Specialist
Vermont Housing Finance Agency
Peter Walke
Managing Director
Efficiency Vermont

https://www.veic.org/

About Peter Walke

Managing Director
Efficiency Vermont
Bor Yang
Executive Director & Legal Counsel
Vermont Human Rights Commission

Bor Yang is Executive Director & Legal Counsel at the Vermont Human Rights Commission. Bor joined the VHRC in 2015 as an Administrative Law Examiner. She investigated allegations of discrimination in state employment, public accommodations and housing prior to becoming Executive Director. She completed her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2003. After a clerkship in District Court, Bor practiced in the areas of family law, government benefits and social security law, representing indigent clients and victims of domestic violence at a non-profit organization. Prior to joining the VHRC, Bor was a solo practitioner, qualified neutral mediator and college instructor in a legal studies program in Minnesota. Additionally, she was a volunteer attorney with the Minnesota Volunteer Lawyer's Network and provided instruction and training to legal and non-legal professionals on serving immigrant populations. Bor provides training on implicit bias, fair housing laws, bullying, harassment and hazing and more.

About Bor Yang

Executive Director & Legal Counsel
Vermont Human Rights Commission
Kathy Beyer
Sr. Vice President for Real Estate Development
Evernorth

https://evernorthus.org/

About Kathy Beyer

Sr. Vice President for Real Estate Development
Evernorth
Ted Brady
Executive Director
Vermont League of Cities and Towns

https://www.vlct.org

About Ted Brady

Executive Director
Vermont League of Cities and Towns
Elizabeth Chant
Independent Consultant
Good Trouble, LLC

About Elizabeth Chant

Independent Consultant
Good Trouble, LLC
Julie Curtin
Director of Homeownership
Champlain Housing Trust

https://www.getahome.org/

About Julie Curtin

Director of Homeownership
Champlain Housing Trust
Ben Doyle
President
Preservation Trust of Vermont

About Ben Doyle

President
Preservation Trust of Vermont
Deborah Flannery
Vice President, Lending
Evernorth

https://evernorthus.org

About Deborah Flannery

Vice President, Lending
Evernorth
Shaun Gilpin
Housing Division Director
VT Dept. of Housing & Community Development

https://accd.vermont.gov/housing

About Shaun Gilpin

Housing Division Director
VT Dept. of Housing & Community Development

About Raymond James

https://www.raymondjames.com/ Sponsor Logo

About Vermont State Housing Authority

https://www.vsha.org/ Sponsor Logo

About Otis Atwell

https://otisatwell.com/ Sponsor Logo

About Morgan Stanley

www.morganstanley.com Sponsor Logo

About New England Federal Credit Union

https://www.nefcu.com/ Sponsor Logo

About Champlain Housing Trust

https://www.getahome.org/ Sponsor Logo

About Evernorth

www.evernorthus.org Sponsor Logo

About Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston

www.fhlbboston.com Sponsor Logo

About M&T Bank

https://www3.mtb.com/ Sponsor Logo

About Northfield Savings Bank

www.nsbvt.com Sponsor Logo

About Piper Sandler

https://www.pipersandler.com/ Sponsor Logo

About Union Bank

https://www.ublocal.com/ Sponsor Logo

About Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

https://vhcb.org/ Sponsor Logo

About Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

ccrpcvt.org Sponsor Logo

About Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand PLLC

https://dunkielsaunders.com/ Sponsor Logo

About HDS Companies

https://www.hds-companies.com/ Sponsor Logo

About Maloney Properties, Inc.

www.maloneyproperties.com Sponsor Logo

About NeighborWorks Alliance of Vermont

http://www.vthomeownership.org/ Sponsor Logo

About Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission

www.trorc.org Sponsor Logo

About Vermont Association of Public Housing Directors

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About Chapman and Cutler LLP

https://www.chapman.com/ Sponsor Logo

About Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence

https://www.hbhriq.com/ Sponsor Logo

About Housing Ministries of New England

http://www.housingministriesofnewengland.org/ Sponsor Logo

About NeighborWorks America

https://www.neighborworks.org/Home.aspx Sponsor Logo

About Northwest Regional Planning Commission

https://www.nrpcvt.com/ Sponsor Logo

About Summit Properties

https://www.summitpmg.com/ Sponsor Logo

About Symquest

https://www.symquest.com/ Sponsor Logo

About U.S. Bank Home Mortgage - HFA Division

www.usbank.com/correspondent Sponsor Logo

About Vermont Center for Independent Living

https://vcil.org/ Sponsor Logo

07:45 AM

Registration and Legislative Breakfast

07:45 AM - 08:45 AMMain Ballroom
08:45 AM

Welcome

08:45 AM - 09:15 AMMain Ballroom
09:15 AM

Keynote: Unlocking Zoning's Potential to Improve Vermont's Housing Stock

09:15 AM - 10:15 AMMain Ballroom
  • Sara Bronin

    Professor

10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM - 10:45 AMMain Ballroom
10:45 AM
Housing education

Housing 101: Overview

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
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  • Shaun Gilpin

    Housing Division Director

Financial tools

Creating housing resources through employer & other non-traditional partnerships

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Deborah Flannery

    Vice President, Lending

Innovations

Housing and energy equity

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
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  • Elizabeth Chant

    Independent Consultant

Municipal levers

Making change at the local level: Housing committee roundtable

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Jess Hyman

    Associate Director, Statewide Housing Advocacy Programs

12:00 PM

Lunch and remarks from Vermont's newest member of the U.S. House of Representatives (invited)

12:00 PM - 01:00 PMMain Ballroom
01:15 PM
Housing education

Housing 102: Putting concepts into practice

01:15 PM - 02:30 PM
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  • David Martins

    Director

Financial tools

Strategies to improve equity in homeownership opportunities

01:15 PM - 02:30 PM
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  • Julie Curtin

    Director of Homeownership

Innovations

Manufactured home communities as an affordable housing solution: Conversation to sustainability

01:15 PM - 02:30 PM
  • Megan Roush

    Director of Development

Municipal levers

Local zoning impacts on housing affordability

01:15 PM - 02:30 PM
  • Jacob Hemmerick

    Planning and Policy Manager

Housing development

Housing in hidden places: Creating new housing through adaptive reuse

01:15 PM - 02:30 PM
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  • Ben Doyle

    President

02:30 PM

Break

02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
03:00 PM
Housing education

Housing discrimination: Past, present and future

03:00 PM - 04:15 PM
  • Bor Yang

    Executive Director & Legal Counsel

Innovations

Roundtable on the coordination of housing & services

03:00 PM - 04:15 PM
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  • Martin Hahn

    Executive Director

Municipal levers

Preparing Vermont communities for a more inclusive future

03:00 PM - 04:15 PM
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  • Belan Antensaye

    Strategy and Innovation Manager

Housing development

Increasing costs of housing development

03:00 PM - 04:15 PM
  • Jennifer Schwartz

    Director

Maximizing our impact

Moving Into Action: Turning Today’s Inspiration into a Powerful Action Plan

03:00 PM - 04:15 PM
  • Kerry Secrest

    Principal

04:30 PM

Wrap-Up

04:30 PM - 05:00 PMMain Ballroom
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  • Kerry Secrest

    Principal

05:00 PM

Networking Happy Hour

05:00 PM - 07:00 PMMezzanine
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