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Affordable Housing: Learning from Practice

Begins:   Jun 09, 2011 09:00
Ends:   Jun 09, 2011 13:00

Wednesday, June 9, 2011

Sponsored by the Urban Development and Local Government Unit

This half-day workshop was aimed at introducing some key concepts, tools and evidence on affordable housing delivery in practice. Leading practitioners in 4 areas – housing policy, housing finance, housing development tools and housing partnerships – shared the housing practice from their field experience – what works? This learning event was targeted at those interested in increasing their awareness and knowledge of affordable housing delivery practices and their results.

The goal of the workshop, was for participants to:

  • Have a general awareness of some of the current practices in affordable housing delivery, and
  • Know some of the useful tools available to support the formation of appropriate policy responses to improve housing conditions in developing countries.
Opening Remarks – Welcome and Overview

Framing Affordable Housing  
Bertrand Renaud, Consultant and Former World Bank Staff
This session seeks to explain the important pillars of a housing system, especially for developing countries. It will cover, housing markets and the macro economy; demand and supply side of a housing system; and international transfer of housing policies illustrated with examples from developing countries.

The Business of Housing Finance  
Simon Walley, Sr. Housing Finance Specialist, GCMNB, World Bank
This session seeks to explain the main functions of a housing finance system, issues in mortgage design and managing of profitability and risk in the housing finance institutions illustrated with a walk-through of the project design of Tanzania Housing Finance (P117242) which aims to expand the access to affordable housing finance for the purchase, construction or upgrading of housing. It will cover, overview of housing finance systems; key functions of a housing finance system; key reasons and requirements for accessing capital markets for housing finance; alternative systems of accessing capital markets, e.g., liquidity facilities, mortgage market, microfinance funds; and country case study on Tanzania Housing Finance Project.

Creative Affordable Housing Development Tools I  
Leslie A. Steen, Vice President of Real Estate, Wesley Housing Development Corporation
This session seeks to present from a social housing developer perspective how housing development, finance and community development could be effectively used to promote the supply of affordable housing in fragile and transitional markets. It will cover, developing affordable housing in fragile and transitional markets; community building and partnership in housing; and using technology as a tool to develop sustainable affordable housing and community.

Creative Affordable Housing Development Tools II  
Alicia Lewis and Sophie Mintier, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
This session seeks to present the Toolkit for Affordable Housing Development (2005) developed by the Washington Area Housing Partnership which contains successful policies and planning tools to preserve and promote the supply of affordable housing in the region, how do the tools work, what are the effects?

Belinda Yuen, FEUUR, World Bank

Speaker Bios

Dr. Bertrand Renaud is an international consultant. His latest assignments have been in China, Dubai-UAE, Seychelles, and Africa. He is concurrently Visiting Professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Seoul, Korea. At The World Bank, Renaud was Advisor in Financial Development Department working on mortgage market development (1993-2001). He worked earlier on urban policies and operations across the Bank from the start of urban lending in 1975. He was the first Head of the Urban Affairs Division of OECD in Paris (1980-82). Prior to joining The World Bank, Renaud focused on development in East Asia. He holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from UC Berkeley and an engineering degree from Paris Institute of Technology for Life and Environmental Sciences, France.

Simon Walley, Senior Housing Finance Specialist, Financial & Private Sector Development, The World Bank. Simon joined The World Bank in 2006 and his role thus far has been varied, covering a range of countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. In particular, he has worked on the development of secondary mortgage markets through creation of liquidity facilities and covered bond legislation and involved in the start-up phase of Hofinet, a housing finance portal website launched in 2010, where he sits on the board of directors. Prior to Washington DC, Simon has worked in Brussels as Deputy Secretary General, European Mortgage Federation and in UK as economist, Nationwide Building Society and banking regulator, Bank of England and Financial Services Authority.

Leslie A. Steen is Vice President of Wesley Housing Development Corporation. Prior to joining Wesley, she was Housing Chief for the District of Columbia government, Vice President for Policy and Business Development for the national Housing Partnership Network, a business collaborative of US leading housing and community development nonprofits, and founding President and CEO, creating and developing Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), the largest regional nonprofit housing and community development organization operating in Washington, DC region. She has developed and been responsible for asset management and property management of more than 3,750 apartments. She has received awards and honors from community and resident groups, professional and advocacy organizations, District of Columbia City Council, and United States Senate. She also is the recipient of the Leadership Award for Livable Communities from the Coalition for Smarter Growth. Steen holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Sciences from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Alicia Lewis is a Washington, DC resident and has extensive project management, land planning and research experience. She is presently a regional housing planner with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) managing the creation of a regional transit-oriented development (TOD) fund. The fund will acquire, maintain and preserve affordable units adjacent the region’s major transit stations and employment centers. Alicia recently assisted COG with preparing two multi-million dollar federal grant applications aimed at stabilizing devastated communities across the region due to the foreclosure crisis ($34m) and creating a regional plan for the Washington metropolitan region ($5m).

Sophie Mintier is a housing planner at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), where she provides research, analysis and coordination for COG’s affordable housing, regional planning, foreclosure prevention and response, and homelessness programs. As a key component of the organization’s Region Forward Affordable Housing Initiative, she is currently developing a comprehensive inventory of publicly-subsidized affordable housing throughout the Washington Metropolitan Region to help guide the implementation of COG’s affordable housing preservation and development efforts. Before coming to COG, Sophie was a project manager for comprehensive planning and environmental review projects in cities and counties throughout California, and coordinated a regional sustainability initiative in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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