Over 250 Attend “A Home for Everyone” – 2013 Conference Summary

Thank you for joining the Wisconsin Collaborative for Affordable Housing in Eau Claire for the 17th Annual A Home for Everyone conference!

The 17th Annual A Home for Everyone affordable housing conference recently took place on July 24-25, 2013, at the Plaza Hotel and Suites in Eau Claire, Wis. Over 250 attendees participated in the 30 different workshops and plenary sessions. Workshop tracks included a wide array of informative topics in the following general categories:

  • Provision of Services
  • Affordable Housing Finance
  • State, Federal and Local Housing Policy
  • Innovative Approaches
  • Leadership in Homeless Programming
  • Homeless Programming and Case Managers

The conference also offered a bus tour to three homeless shelters in the Eau Claire area: Sojourner House, Beacon House and the Western Dairyland Homeless Shelter.

Follow the links below to view the bus tour media coverage:
     Leader Telegram (front page story)
     Photo Gallery from the Leader Telegram
     WEAU TV-13

Conference plenary guest speakers provided compelling presentations. Read on for a brief summary of the plenary speaker topics and links to their slideshows.
A Home for EveryoneBrigadier General (Ret.) Robert Cocroft, President/CEO of the Center for Veterans Issues, Ltd. Brigadier General Cocroft addressed housing issues for returning veterans and discussed Veterans Manor, which has a unique combination of financing tools, providing affordable housing, supportive programs and reintegration services for returning veterans. Veterans Manor was recently named as a recipient of a Milwaukee Award for Neighborhood Development Innovation. He also addressed fair housing efforts undertaken at the Center. Click here to view Brigadier General Cocroft’s PowerPoint presentation.

Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert Cocroft, President/CEO of the Center for Veterans Issues, Ltd., discusses housing for returning veterans at the 2013 A Home for Everyone conference.
Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert Cocroft, President/CEO of the Center for Veterans Issues, Ltd., discusses housing issues for returning veterans at the 2013 A Home for Everyone conference.

J. Michael Collins, Associate Professor & Faculty Director of the Center for Financial Security, UW-Madison. Professor Collins focused on “Rethinking Home Ownership Policy for Low-Income Families.” The housing crisis has caused policymakers to reconsider how we support home ownership for first-time, low-income homebuyers. Existing policies often either do not provide appropriate subsidies to help low-income individuals buy homes or are not sustainable in the long run. He discussed a framework for redesigning policies that support home purchases by low-income families, including the mortgage interest deduction, revenue bond mortgages, tax credits, shared equity ownership and down payment subsidies. Click here to view Professor Collins’ slide presentation.

J. Michael Collins, Associate Professor & Faculty Director of the Center for Financial Security, UW-Madison, discusses "Rethinking Home Ownership Policy for Low-Income Families,” at the speaks at the 2013 A Home for Everyone conference.
J. Michael Collins, Associate Professor and Faculty Director of the Center for Financial Security at UW-Madison, discusses “Rethinking Home Ownership Policy for Low-Income Families,” at the 2013 A Home for Everyone conference.

Joseph Lindstrom, Outreach Associate, National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). Mr. Lindstrom provided an update on the federal outlook as it relates to affordable housing issues, with particular emphasis on the NLIHC’s campaign to fund the National Housing Trust Fund. Click here to view Mr. Lindstrom’s PowerPoint presentation.

At the 2013 A Home for Everyone conference, Joseph Lindstrom, Outreach Associate for the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), explains NLIHC’s campaign to fund the National Housing Trust Fund.
At the 2013 A Home for Everyone conference, Joseph Lindstrom, Outreach Associate for the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), explains NLIHC’s campaign to fund the National Housing Trust Fund.

Jeremy Rosen, Policy Director, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. Mr. Rosen discussed the “Civil Rights of Homeless People.” Across the country, the civil rights of homeless people are under attack. Local governments are passing laws that prevent homeless people from sitting on public sidewalks, sleeping in parks and even carrying their possessions with them. Church groups are being prohibited from feeding homeless persons in public spaces. Mr. Rosen’s remarks demonstrated how these policies are bad for homeless people, costly for communities and unsuccessful at ending homelessness. He spoke of alternative solutions that will help both homeless persons and public officials.

Jeremy Rosen, Policy Director at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, discusses the “Civil Rights of Homeless People," with 2013 A Home for Everyone attendees.
Jeremy Rosen, Policy Director at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, discusses the “Civil Rights of Homeless People,” with 2013 A Home for Everyone conference attendees.

Please plan to join the Wisconsin Collaborative for Affordable Housing for
the 18th Annual A Home for Everyone conference!

July 16-17, 2014
Country Springs Hotel
Pewaukee, Wisconsin