Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission to Hold Regional Public Forums in Texas, Idaho and Ohio in August

Aug 02, 2013, 11:15 ET from Bipartisan Policy Center

Discussions will Highlight Ways to Reform U.S. Housing Policy

Events to Feature: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Senator Mike Crapo, Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Congressman Pat Tiberi, Former Senator Kit Bond, Former Senator and HUD Secretary Mel Martinez, Former HUD Secretary Henry G. Cisneros, and Former Congressman Rick Lazio  

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This month, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission will host three regional forums in Dallas, TX, Sun Valley, ID and Columbus, OH to discuss the most pressing housing issues facing our nation. U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan and members of Congress, as well as leading housing experts, will join members of the BPC Housing Commission to discuss the state of the housing market, current market trends, affordable rental housing, rural housing, and reform of our nation's housing finance system. Each forum will highlight the local and national impact of the commission's report, Housing America's Future: New Directions for National Policy.

"We are hopeful these regional forums will expand the dialogue needed to reform our federal housing policies," said Pamela Hughes Patenaude, BPC's Director of Housing Policy. "The BPC Housing Commission looks forward to generating substantive conversations in Texas, Idaho and Ohio to help spur action among policymakers and legislators and set a new direction for housing policy in the United States."

Forum Dates and Locations

Tuesday, August 13, 2013Dallas, Texas at the George W. Bush Presidential Center
8:00AM-3:30PM CDT
Featuring keynote remarks by Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Mel Martinez and former HUD Secretary Henry G. Cisneros – both Housing Commission co-chairs - will provide remarks. Panel discussions will focus on homeownership and the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, housing finance reform and expanding the affordable housing supply with the low-income housing tax credit.

View the full event agenda here.

Thursday, August 22, 2013Sun Valley, Idaho at the Sun Valley Resort
8:30AM-3:30PM MDT
Featuring keynote remarks by Senator Mike Crapo, Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Former U.S. Senator Kit Bond and former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros – both Housing Commission co-chairs – will also provide remarks. A special presentation with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and former HUD Secretary Cisneros will be moderated by former U.S. Representative Rick Lazio. Other panel discussions will focus on housing finance reform, the future of FHA, innovation in rural housing and the role of small banks and community lenders.

View the full event agenda here.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - Columbus, Ohio at the Ohio Statehouse
8:30AM-3:30PM CDT
Featuring keynote remarks by Congressman Pat Tiberi, Chairman of the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. Panel discussion will focus on aging in place, housing with supportive services and preserving and expanding the supply of affordable housing with the low-income housing tax credit.

View the full event agenda here.

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