Join Ballard Spahr for informative and lively discussions with affordable-housing leaders and innovators from around the country at our Eighth Annual National Housing Symposium, "Affordable Housing: Putting the Pieces Together." Learn about recent developments in the industry and how to make the various housing pieces fit to create affordable, sustainable housing projects for the future.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker will be Barry Zigas, Director of Housing Policy for Consumer Federation of America and a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission. Mr. Zigas will provide the Commission's perspective on GSE Reform.

In addition, our day will include the popular Heard on the Hill discussion as well as engaging panel presentations, including:

  • Utilizing the Most Recent HUD Programs in Your Affordable Housing Puzzle
    Find out more information about the most recent HUD programs that can be used in your affordable housing project – Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD), FHA Modernization Program, LIHTC Pilot Program, and Section 232 LEAN.
  • Integrating the Fair Housing Component
    This panel will discuss hot topics in Fair Housing, ADA, and Section 504 compliance and how they affect the design, construction, and operations in the development of affordable housing.
  • Solving the Investment and Funding Gaps
    Hear from the industry's top lenders and investors about how to cover the investment funding gaps in affordable housing development, including pricing, bridge lending, soft money, tax-exempt bonds, refinancing, energy credits, and other strategies.


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM | Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Program
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Networking Reception

Conference Chairs

Sharon Wilson Géno, Team Leader, Public Housing and Mixed-Finance Development
Ryan R. Warburton, Team Leader, Housing Bonds

Faculty (as of october 24, 2013)

Thom Amdur, National Housing & Rehabilitation Association 
Rania S. Arja, Ballard Spahr
Greg Byrne, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Todd J. Crow, PNC Bank
Peter F. Engel, Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Jeff J. Englund, Greystone Servicing Corporation
Chris Estes, National Housing Conference
Bernard B. Fulton III, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Robert Hazelton, Dominium Due Diligence Group
Robert B. Johnston, Affordable Housing Partners
David Lacki, Lancaster Pollard
William A. Markel, Affordable Equity Partners
Scott A. Marks, Coats | Rose
Richard Meyer, Freddie Mac
Michael W. Skojec, Ballard Spahr
Mitzie V. Smith-Mack, Ballard Spahr
Denise Troeschel, Love Funding
Carl Wise, Hunt Capital Partners

Who should attend?

This event will be worthwhile for developers, investors, syndicators, lenders, and governmental agencies that are developing, financing, and operating affordable housing.

Continuing Legal Education

This program has been approved by the NJ CLE Board - 6.6 NJ Credits; 6.6 Credits in most other jurisdictions. Uniform Certificates of Attendance will be available for the purpose of obtaining credit from other jurisdictions.  

Program and Registration

This is a FREE all-day seminar followed by a cocktail reception. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Attendees are responsible for travel and hotel accommodations.


A limited number of rooms are available at the reduced rate of $249 for single occupancy at the JW Marriott Washington, DC. Reservations must be made directly with the hotel via our Ballard Spahr Reservation Website or by phone at 877.212.5752. Mention the Ballard Spahr conference to receive the discounted rate. Regular rates apply after October 9, 2013.

For more information, contact Jennifer D. Boehm at, or Shellee E. Buchanan at


Program Contacts

Shellee Buchanan

Jennifer D. Boehm