Second Starting at Home Conference Draws Renowned Speakers to Explore the Role of Affordable Housing Across Multiple Sectors to Strengthen Community Development

(Hosted by The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH), the second biennial Starting at Home Conference in Columbus, Ohio also welcomed U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.)

This premier conference, attended by more than 300 professionals from across the state and country working in academia, philanthropy and housing, engaged in a dialogue about the role of affordable housing in building strong and vibrant communities that enable people to prosper.

“Affordable housing should remain at the center of discussions about improving our communities", said OHFA Executive Director Sean Thomas. "We must continue to explore how the links between housing, health, education, transportation and economic mobility and security intersect and impact the lives of those with low-and-moderate incomes."

The conference opened with a morning plenary that featured author and affordable housing thought leader Jonathan F.P. Rose. Mr. Rose's book on how to create resilient cities, The Well Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Nature Teach us About the Future of Urban Life, was published by Harper Wave in 2016, and won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher.

Key sessions included distinguished professionals such as Carol Naughton, President of Purpose Built Communities, Sarah Rosen Wartell, President of the Urban Institute and Kalima Rose, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Policy Link, whose work connects research, practice and philanthropy in thought-provoking ways.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson joined the conference for a short plenary session on Thursday, April 27. Secretary Carson was in Columbus for a three-day tour of central Ohio housing developments.




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