ALERT: Former Senator Kit Bond, Bipartisan Policy Center, Jack Kemp Foundation to Host Housing Forum in St. Louis on June 5, 2012

May 31, 2012, 09:15 ET from Bipartisan Policy Center

Forum to Highlight Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President and CEO James Bullard, Congressmen Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan, and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission and Jack Kemp Foundation will jointly host a public forum on housing issues in St. Louis on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

The forum will feature former U.S. Senator Kit Bond (R-MO), a co-chair of BPC's Housing Commission, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President and CEO James Bullard, U.S. Representatives Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan, and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. Leading local, regional and national housing experts will also discuss the importance of innovative public-private partnerships in addressing housing challenges, as well as best practices for linking housing to comprehensive resident services, homebuyer education programs and rental housing preservation.

At the forum, BPC will release a new paper entitled, Housing Programs in the United States: Responding to Current and Future Challenges, which provides an overview of key challenges related to affordable housing and community development and the government programs meant to address these challenges. The paper will provide additional background for the Commission as they work to develop recommendations for meeting the housing needs of current and future low- and moderate-income families.

This event is the third regional forum hosted by BPC's Housing Commission. Launched in October 2011, the Commission aims to reform the nation's housing policy by crafting realistic and actionable policy recommendations that consider the near-term and long-term challenges in the housing sector. Throughout 2012, the Commission will visit different regions of the country to hear first-hand from stakeholders and interest groups about the housing challenges affecting its citizens.

Forum Agenda:

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

· Former Senator Kit Bond, Co-Chair, BPC Housing Commission

· Congressman Lacy Clay, (D-MO)

· Congressman Russ Carnahan, (D-MO)

9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Improving Outcomes:

Models for Linking Housing and Services

Introduction: Charlie Dooley, St. Louis County Executive

Moderator: Marilyn Jordan Taylor, BPC Housing Commissioner

· Chris Krehmeyer, President and CEO, Beyond Housing

· Richard Baron, Co-Founder and Chairman, McCormack Baron Salazar

10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Measuring Success: The Promise of Housing Counseling Programs

Moderator: Robert Couch, BPC Housing Commissioner

· Eileen Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, NeighborWorks America

· Sarah Gerecke, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Housing and Urban Development

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Open Public Forum

Moderator: Jimmy Kemp, President, Jack Kemp Foundation

12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m.


1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Remarks: James Bullard, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Best Practices in Rental Housing Preservation

· Michael Bodaken, Executive Director, National Housing Trust

· Erica Dobreff, President, Kansas City Equity Fund

· Patricia Belden, Manager of Development,

Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)    

3:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Open Public Forum

Moderator: Jimmy Kemp, President, Jack Kemp Foundation

3:15 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Former Senator Kit Bond


Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission's Third Regional Housing Forum in Partnership with Jack Kemp Foundation to Discuss How Innovative Public-Private Partnerships Can Address Housing Challenges in the Future


Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


Westin St. Louis 

Promenade Ballroom

811 Spruce Street

St. Louis, MO 63102

About the Bipartisan Policy Center
Founded in 2007 by former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell, Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue. With projects in multiple issue areas, BPC combines politically balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach.

SOURCE Bipartisan Policy Center