Affordable housing experts collaborate on solutions at
COLUMBUS, OH: Finding an affordable place to live is a struggle
faced in cities across the nation. As construction struggles to
keep up with growing populations and existing stock ages,
housing costs continue to rise, making affordable living
unattainable for many.
Conference brings together experts from
nonprofit, development, government, real estate and related
sectors to expand their knowledge on housing industry issues and
collaborate to create attainable solutions. The conference will
be held November 5-7, 2019 at the Greater Columbus
Convention Center and is hosted by the
Finance Agency and the
Corporation for Housing.
This year’s conference theme, “Build the Change. Be the
Change,” focuses attendees’ attention on the tangible and
intangible work within the affordable housing sphere. Sessions
cover topics like cybersecurity, fair housing laws, and disaster
preparedness. Attendees will attend mobile tours of central Ohio
neighborhoods, like Franklinton, a neighborhood seeing a
resurgence of business and community development.
The affordable housing shortage is real. OHFA’s annual
that 46% of Ohioans pay more than 30% of their income on rent
and utilities, making them cost burdened by their housing
expenses. Housing options are limited, with vacancy rates at
their lowest levels on record and a high number of aging housing
units – two-thirds built before 1980 - making them at-risk of
containing lead-based paint. The conference works to empower and
educate attendees with tools and resources to tackle these
“Affordable housing is imperative to the success of Ohioans,”
said OHFA Executive Director Sean Thomas. “Having a safe,
affordable place to live, or lack thereof, can impact every
other area of one’s life. Cost burdens in housing can impact a
family’s ability to afford other day-to-day needs. We can work
together to resolve the housing challenges facing Ohioans.”
This year’s attendees will be inspired by a message of
perseverance and hope from keynote speaker, Alton Fitzgerald
White, a critically acclaimed actor and Broadway star, grew
up in public housing as the youngest of seven. The conference
will also feature the popular Women in the Affordable Housing
Industry session with a focus on race and gender equity, as
well as the Housing Policy Plenary focused on current housing
policy challenges and trends.
“This conference continues to provide exceptional training,
education and networking opportunities for industry
professionals,” said OCCH President and CEO Peg Moertl.
“We’re proud to work with OHFA in educating attendees and
ensuring our industry has the knowledge to support Ohioans in
Each year, the Ohio Housing Conference brings together nearly
1,700 attendees from all sectors of the housing industry.
Attendees have access to more than 40 sessions and workshops
focused on educating and inspiring work in affordable housing.