City of Greenbelt, Maryland

25 Crescent Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770
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Date: Monday July 31, 2006
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Topics and Participants:

I. Welcome

Rodney Roberts, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Greenbelt

The Mayor Pro-Tem will open and provide some background into the affordable housing issue in the community and what is being done to address the issue.

II. Overview

Calvin Smith, Human Services Planning and Public Safety Director, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

III. Washington Area Housing Partnership

Barbara Favola, Chair, Washington Area Housing Partnership

The Washington Area Housing Partnership (WAHP) is a regional public-private housing partnership that acts as a catalyst to preserve and expand the supply of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families in the Washington region. During 2005, the Partnership developed a “Toolkit for Affordable Housing Development” containing successful policies and planning tools to preserve and promote the supply of affordable housing in the region. Ms. Favola will describe the Partnership, the Toolkit, and the Partnership's outreach efforts in the form of local workshops in the metropolitan Washington region. She will also focus on who can afford the housing stock in Greenbelt and future housing trends.

IV. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds

Mildrilyn Davis, Housing Director, City of Alexandria
Member, Washington Area Housing Partnership

Ms. Davis will present creative ways to use the CDBG funds for affordable housing. Ms. Davis will also explain the City of Alexandria 's program, how it is organized and managed, in addition to concerns for using funds towards rental housing, workforce housing, affordable housing development, and distributing funds to private or nonprofit developers for housing developments. Ms. Davis will also explain the uniqueness of Alexandria 's program and what attributes has made it successful.

V. Affordable Housing Trust Fund

Elizabeth Davison, Director of Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Member, Washington Area Housing Partnership

Ms. Davison will describe Montgomery County 's Housing Trust Fund, how it is operated, and what elements make the trust fund successful. Ms. Davison will speak about the program's strengths and weaknesses while highlighting specific concerns for local governments when creating a trust fund.

VI. Community Land Trusts

Robert Boulter, President of Faithworks
Board Member, Washington Area Housing Partnership

Mr. Boulter will give a presentation on the land trust model and how it works; including the benefits this model has for building equity, providing long term affordable housing, and preserving affordable housing in communities. He will also address the benefits and concerns of a local government and nonprofit partnership and give insight into how other governments have structured successful partnerships.

VII. Limited Equity Co-operatives

Jim Gray, Vice President, National Cooperative Bank Development Corporation

Mr. Gray will describe how limited equity cooperatives work as an affordable housing tool, including the benifits this model has afor preserving affordable housing and how limited equity cooperatives have been formed, developed and preserved.

VIII. Question and Answer Session

The question and answer session will be open up to the Council Members first. Then, advocates and residents in the community will follow with questions for the panel.

VIII. Next Steps and Action Items