Ballard Spahr and CSG Advisors are pleased to announce our fifth annual Western Housing Conference focusing on affordable housing issues. Leading affordable housing professionals will present an informative and lively discussion, providing perspectives on recent developments in the affordable housing industry.

Our panels will include: 

                • Public Housing, Today & Tomorrow—a preconference networking session
                  This session will provide an informal opportunity to discuss common challenges facing housing authorities throughout the country and consider emerging strategies for addressing them. The session will focus on sharing experiences, identifying solutions and learning from one another. Participants will also discuss benefits and drawbacks of current efforts to transform housing authority portfolios over the long term, and will brainstorm new ideas for optimizing these initiatives.
              • Washington Update on Housing and Tax Related Issues
            • RAD: The Cap Has Been Increased - Now What?
              Now that the cap has been increased, HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration offers renewed opportunities for housing authorities and developers to transform public housing portfolios and create self-sustaining projects that serve low-income residents over the long-term. This panel will highlight the latest HUD policies and approval timelines, and profile innovative RAD financing structures and organizational approaches. The panel will feature a range of perspectives, including those from housing authority, investor, and lender participants. 
          • Finance Trends and Innovations
            This panel will discuss trends in multifamily affordable housing finance. What new products are out there, such as Freddie Mac’s Direct Purchase of Tax-Exempt Loans initiative? Are recent changes in Community Reinvestment Act guidelines for banks stimulating new or different lender programs? How might rising interest rates affect lenders, investors, and developers? We’ll also explore new funding sources—REIT structures for affordable housing preservation and the potential start of allocations from the National Housing Trust Fund. 
          • Roundtable Discussions
            Join us for intimate roundtable discussions regarding select topics, including:
  • Year 15: Avoiding Pitfalls 
    This roundtable will examine considerations and strategies for addressing Low Income Housing Tax Credit properties at the end of their initial 15-year compliance period. Learn how your organization can prepare to take advantage of opportunities while preserving affordable housing stock.
  • Fair Housing: Disparate Impact
    The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments on whether disparate impact—the use of statistical evidence of a negative impact on minorities to prove discrimination without any proof of intention—will continue to be used in fair housing claims against developers, housing authorities and lenders. Our roundtable will discuss how the Court's decision, for or against, will impact future affordable housing development and management.
  • Public-Private Partnerships for Purchasing Defaulted FHA Loans
    There are more than 20,000 defaulted FHA loans in California and the State has more than $1 billion remaining in Federal Hardest Hit Funds that can be used for principal writedowns. HUD/FHA has been encouraging–and San Bernardino County is pioneering–the creation of public-private partnerships to purchase defaulted FHA homeownership loans. We will discuss San Bernardino's effort with Palladian, Neuberger Berman and its major pension fund investors as a potential model for other communities in California and nationally.


            8:00 AM | Preconference Networking Session
            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

            John Hamilton, CSG Advisors

            Ryan R. Warburton, Ballard Spahr

            Faculty (as of March 4, 2015)

            Molly R. Bryson, Ballard Spahr

            Alice Carr, JP Morgan Chase

            Clayton Davis, Freddie Mac

            Tanya Dempsey, CSG Advisors

            Lydia Ely, San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development

            Dena Fuentes, County of San Bernardino

            Sharon Wilson Géno, Ballard Spahr

            Terrence J. Glomski, Neuberger Berman

            Nicole Graham, CSG Advisors

            Linda Mandolini, Eden Housing

            Amy M. McClain, Ballard Spahr

            Ronald L. Meer, Palladian General Mortgage 

            Denise Muha, National Leased Housing Association

            Daniel Nackerman, Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino

            Michael J. Novogradac, Novogradac & Company

            Preston F. Olsen, Ballard Spahr

            Eric J. Olson, CSG Advisors

            Peter Raith, Neuberger Berman 

            Michael W. Skojec, Ballard Spahr

            Gene Slater, CSG Advisors

            Nicola F. Toubia, Fuentes Toubia, PLLC/Houston Housing Authority

            Elizabeth Van Benschoten, BRIDGE Housing

            Catalina J. Vielma, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

            Starla Warren, Housing Authority of the County of Monterey

            Terry Wellman, PNC Real Estate

            Carl Wise, Hunt Affordable Housing

            Who should attend?

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

            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 full agenda and registration will be sent in the next few weeks. For more information, contact Jennifer D. Boehm at, or Lisa M. Cheresnowsky at


Program Contacts

Jennifer D. Boehm

Lisa M. Cheresnowsky