May 22-24, 2019 | Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.

2019 Annual Meeting & Conference of the Forum on Affordable Housing & Community Development Law

The Conference will be held, May 22-24, 2019 at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.

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As our nation faces an affordable housing crisis, it is our job, as leaders in the industry, to explore and develop new and innovative policy strategies that not only address the housing crisis, but also intersect with other critical components to providing successful housing including healthcare, civil rights and community economic development.  This year’s Conference will provide a venue for the discussion of the latest cross-cutting policy ideas to tackle the daunting task of increasing the amount of affordable housing in a nation that is in desperate need.  In particular, a number of panels and a plenary will highlight the critical intersection between housing and healthcare.  In addition, attendees at the conference can learn how the latest tools in the industry, including Qualified Opportunity Zones and Income Averaging, are being used to boost affordable housing developments.  They can also learn to navigate transfers of Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance and the RAD for PRAC program.  Additional panel topics will include discussions of fair housing, tax credit equity, bonds, public housing, HUD-insured financing, and community economic development.  The Conference will also recognize the invaluable contributions of the Forum's members to the advancement of affordable housing and community development across the nation.

Once again, we will hold two separate Wednesday afternoon multi-panel sessions (May 22, 2019), one in partnership between the Forum’s HUD practice committee and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development at HUD headquarters and the other organized by the Forum’s Tax Credits and Equity Financing Committee. The HUD session will include a panel on the topic of health care and affordable housing, with representatives from HUD’s Office of Residential Care Facilities and other experts on elderly affordable housing, as well as a round table discussion on the FHA Closing process, including what is working well and what needs more improvement.

The Tax Credit and Equity Financing session will include discussion of recent guidance and issues related to the new federal Qualified Opportunity Zones incentive, and issues related to low income housing tax credit and other implementation of the changes from Tax Reform. Personnel from the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury have been invited to participate.

During Thursday morning’s plenary session, policy leaders will take an aspirational look at what is needed to address the nation’s affordable housing crisis.  Friday’s plenary will focus on the critical interplay between healthcare and housing.

Some of the panels you won't want to miss include:

  • Elderly Housing Part I: Refinancing Section 202 Projections
  • Elderly Housing Part II: RAD for PRAC
  • Qualified Opportunity Fund Equity in LIHTC Transactions
  • Navigating Transfers of Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
  • Common Structuring Pitfalls in RAD Transactions
  • Capital Accounts and Projections Workshop: Part I and II
  • Condominium Document Drafting and Negotiation in Affordable Housing Transactions
  • Intro to the GSE’s
  • Residential Preferences and the Fair Housing Act
  • HUD Multifamily Hot Topics
  • Public Housing Update: Dispositions, PBV, Life Post-RAD

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Hotel Information

The Conference will be held at the Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20024. When reserving a room, reference the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Annual Conference. To reserve rooms, call the hotel directly at (202) 554-8588 or visit Mandarin Oriental Reservations. The reserved room block will be made available until  April 30, 2019, or when the room block has sold-out.

The will be excellent opportunities for networking throughout the Conference, including: First Timers and Young Lawyers Reception on Wednesday evening, a Thursday evening networking reception and the Forum practice committee meetings.  These are available to all Conference registrants.

Advance Registration

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Register now. In order to be included in the list of conference, attendees, you must register by May 10, 2019.

Financial Hardship: To request an application, send an email to

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for this conference: For more information contact Dawn Holiday at

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Forum Chair: 
George Weidenfeller - Telesis Corporation

Conference Planning Chairs: 
Michael Hopkins - Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Arndt LLP
Kathie Soroka -Nixon Peabody LLP

Course Materials Editors: 
Keely Downs - Moye White LLP

Matthew Grant - Miles and Stockbridge