January 22, 2019

Enterprise Hosts New York Affordable Housing Forum

Conference room full of people with panel of people at front

On January 14, Enterprise hosted an Affordable Housing Forum at the Albany Capital Center in Albany, New York, bringing together approximately 100 elected, appointed and other public officials and affordable housing advocates from around the state to discuss pressing affordable housing issues facing New Yorkers.

The forum provided a space to introduce elected officials to affordable housing-related topics that will be important in the 2019 legislative session as well as key community partners working on these topics. 

The day began with brief introductions from Senator Brian Kavanagh, chair of the state Housing, Construction and Community Development Committee and Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz, chair of the Standing Committee on Housing. Their remarks were followed by an "Affordable Housing 101" presentation covering some basics of the affordable housing industry, including budgeting and finance. Participants attended breakout sessions to hear more about specific housing subtopics, including senior housing, accessible housing, supportive housing, homelessness and more. 

The final event of the day was a panel on pressing housing issues in the 2019 legislative session, featuring Assistant Secretary of Housing in New York State Barika Williams, Commissioner/CEO of NYC HCR RuthAnne Visnauskas, and Deputy Commissioner for Policy & Strategy at HPD Matt Murphy. 

Enterprise thanks all of our participants for a successful and insightful day. We also thank LISC, The Supportive Housing Network of New York, New York Housing Conference and the New York State Association for Affordable Housing for serving as our core group of partners involved in the planning of this event. 

We would also like to thank our generous sponsor, The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, for helping make the event possible. 

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