Former Senator George Mitchell, Bipartisan Policy Center, Jack Kemp Foundation to Host Public Housing Forum in Maine on July 25, 2012

Jul 10, 2012, 12:50 ET from Bipartisan Policy Center

Forum to Release New Demographic Trends Impacting Maine's Housing Land

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission and Jack Kemp Foundation will jointly host a public forum on housing issues in Bar Harbor, Maine at the College of the Atlantic on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 from 12:00PM to 5:00PM.

The forum will feature former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, a co-chair of BPC's Housing Commission, Barbara G. Fields, Regional Administrator of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Tammye Trevino, Rural Housing Services Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Leading local, regional and national housing experts will discuss the need for affordable housing in rural areas, the importance of addressing housing challenges through a more efficient and coordinated system, and the opportunities for integrating housing with other social services. At the forum, BPC will also release new data showing the demographic trends impacting the housing landscape in Maine compared to the rest of the United States.

This event is the fourth 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 long-term challenges in the housing sector. Throughout 2012, the Commission has been visiting different regions of the country to hear first-hand from stakeholders and interest groups about the housing challenges affecting its citizens.

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Forum Agenda:

12:00PM - 1:00PM                    

Lunch Provided

1:00PM - 1:10PM     


Senator George Mitchell


1:10PM - 1:30PM  

Opening Remarks

Barbara G. Fields, Regional Administrator, HUD

Tammye Trevino, Administrator, Rural Housing Services, USDA


1:30PM - 1:45PM  

Discussion: Demographic Trends Impacting Maine's Housing Landscape

  • Frank O'Hara, Vice President, Planning Decisions

1:45PM - 2:30PM   

Discussion: Containing Costs in the Housing Delivering System

  • Peter Anastos, Chairman, Maine State Housing Authority

  • Bill Shanahan, President, Northern New England Housing Investment Fund     

2:30PM - 3:30PM   

Discussion: Innovative Solutions and Best Practices in Affordable Housing

  • Paul Weech, Executive Vice President, Housing Partnership Network

  • Nancy Eldridge, Executive Director, Cathedral Square Corporation

  • Polly Nichol, Housing Programs Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation; Board and President, Housing Assistance Council (HAC)

3:30PM - 3:45PM   

Networking Break

3:45PM - 4:50PM    

Open Public Forum

Moderator: Jimmy Kemp, President, Jack Kemp Foundation

4:50PM - 5:00PM   

Closing Remarks

Former Senator George Mitchell

What: Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission's Fourth Regional Housing Forum in Partnership with Jack Kemp Foundation to Discuss Rural Housing Challenges

When:  Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 12:00PM - 5:00PM

Where: College of the Atlantic
Gates Center Meeting Hall
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, Maine  04609

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