9 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:30 a.m. 

Chris Estes, National Housing Conference

10 a.m. 

The Housing Challenges of America's Veterans
Understanding the extent of veterans’ housing needs is critical to framing the policy discussion and developing effective solutions. This panel will present the latest data on the socioeconomic characteristics and housing affordability challenges of the veteran populations with discussion around specific veteran subgroups including low-income veterans, post 9-11 veterans, female veterans with children, older veterans, and veterans living in rural areas.
Lisa Sturtevant, Ph.D., National Housing Conference  
Megan Bolton, National Low Income Housing Coalition

11 a.m. 

Matching Housing to Veterans' Needs 
The diverse needs of at-risk veterans call for an array of housing solutions. Speakers will discuss the benefits of permanent supportive housing for veterans as well as other housing models. How can a community know which approach is the right fit for its veterans? The panel will also consider the role of veteran-specific housing in comparison with non-exclusive developments with services for veterans and others.
Maya Brennan, National Housing Conference 
Speakers to be announced.

12 noon

Networking Lunch

1 p.m. 

Communicating the Value of Veterans Housing
Public opinion polls often show widespread support for general measures to help military veterans access homes they can afford. But when it comes to specific development proposals, NIMBY sentiment can sometimes get in the way. At the same time, housing providers can have a tough time finding veteran tenants or owners once development is complete. This panel will explore challenges faced in communicating about veterans housing issues and provide expert advice on communicating the value of affordable veteran housing to key audiences like community members, policy makers and veterans themselves. The session will offer a preview of the forthcoming NHC Veterans Housing Communications Toolkit and gather audience input to be incorporated into the final product.
Amy Clark, National Housing Conference  
Speakers to be announced.

2:30 p.m. 

Policy Action for Veterans Rental Housing 
This working session will bring together initial and new members of NHC’s Veterans Rental Housing Working Group (including new folks who just want to hear more). We will have a brief discussion of how the group’s earlier recommendations came together, hear updates on what policy change has happened and what still needs work, and begin to chart a path forward for veterans rental housing.
Ethan Handelman, National Housing Conference
Patrick Sheridan, Volunteers of America 
Robert Moss, CohnReznick 

4:30 p.m. 

Closing Remarks
Chris Estes, National Housing Conference