Starting at Home Conference Press Release

  • Second Starting at Home Conference Press Release


Monday, April 3, 2017
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Second Starting at Home Conference Draws Renowned Speakers and Panelists to Explore the Role of Affordable Housing Across Multiple Sectors to Strengthen Community Development
Starting at Home Begins April 27 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) will host the second biennial Starting at Home Conference April 27-28.

This conference will convene professionals working in academia, philanthropy and housing to engage in a dialogue about the role of affordable housing in building strong and vibrant communities that enable people to prosper. Sessions will draw on the knowledge of distinguished professionals whose work connects research, practice and philanthropy in thought-provoking ways.

"Affordable housing should remain at the center of discussions about improving our communities", said OHFA Executive Director Sean Thomas. "We must continue to explore how the links between housing, health, education, transportation and economic mobility and security intersect and impact the lives of those with low-and-moderate incomes."

The conference opens on Thursday, April 27 with a morning plenary that will feature author and affordable housing thought leader Jonathan F.P. Rose. Mr. Rose's book on how to create resilient cities, The Well Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Nature Teach us About the Future of Urban Life, was published by Harper Wave in 2016, and won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher.

Additional sessions will feature Carol Naughton, President of Purpose Built Communities, Sarah Rosen Wartell, President of the Urban Institute and Kalima Rose Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Policy Link.

For more information including the full conference schedule, please visit the Starting at Home website.