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May 15, 2024

Homelessness, affordable housing, green housing top agenda at ABA meeting in D.C. starting May 22

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2024 — The American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law will meet with legal, government and private housing experts to discuss homelessness, green communities, access to housing, fair housing and tax credits May 22-24 at the Salamander Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Damon Smith, general counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will give the opening keynote address on Thursday; Jacqueline Waggoner, president of Enterprise Community Partners’ Solutions Division, will be the Thursday morning plenary speaker and will discuss barriers to affordable housing and solutions for attaining it. Sheila Foster, co-author of “Co-Cities: Innovative Transitions toward Just and Self-Sustaining Communities” will be the Thursday luncheon speaker. 

33rd Annual Meeting Sponsored by the
ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

May 22-24, 2024

Salamander Hotel
1330 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, D.C.

“Building Green Infrastructures in Communities” — An expert panel will discuss the rise in the use of green banks, which are entities that use public and private capital to pursue goals for clean energy projects that reduce emissions. The panel will discuss the process to qualify for grants to build green housing in low- and moderate-income communities.
Thursday, 10-11:15 a.m.

“Corporate Transparency Act - Best Practices” This panel will give an overview of the Corporate Transparency Act, discuss lessons learned in the implementation of the new program and share best practices for compliance.
Thursday, 10-11:15 a.m.

“Plenary: A Path Forward After City of Grants Pass v. Johnson” — An expert panel will provide updates about this recent Supreme Court case that looked at the rights of people experiencing homelessness and what to expect once the court issues its opinion. Everything from the impact the case will have on how homelessness is addressed and what communities can do to address the root causes of homelessness will be discussed.
Friday, 8:45-9:30 a.m.

“Affordable Housing Cooperatives: Law, Financing and Practice” — This panel will discuss affordable homeownership and the legal and financial tools required to develop a housing cooperative.
Friday, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The complete agenda can be found here.   

For media credentialing and registration, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or [email protected].

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