Pre-Conference Institutes

SDHFConference_25thThe Pre-Conference Institutes will take place on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017.

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Location and Parking

San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
333 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

Self-parking at the convention center (up to 10 hours) at their prevailing rate. Currently at $15 per car.

Valet parking on Marriott property at $19 per car, upon availability.

Overnight parking rates are $32 for self-parking and $47 for Valet per car.

Additional Registrations
If needed, you may purchase additional Conference registrations at the check-in tables on the day of the Conference at a higher price and can be paid via cash, check or credit card.

Fundamentals of Affordable Housing Institute

The Fundamentals of Affordable Housing Institute consists of an Introductory and an Intermediate Track. Participants may attend one or both tracks. The morning Introductory Track, “Why We Need Affordable Housing: How We Fund It, Build It, and Operate It,” provides attendees with knowledge of the fundamentals of affordable housing development and finance. It also serves as an ideal primer for those planning to attend the next day’s Conference.The afternoon Intermediate Track focuses on the basics of transaction structuring – the use of federal, state, and local financing tools, and financing gap analysis. It is designed for individuals with some knowledge of the affordable housing industry looking to advance their expertise.

Fundamentals of Affordable Housing Institute Session Information

Introductory Track
The morning introductory track, “Fundamentals of Affordable Housing: The People, The Funding, The Construction and The Management,” provides attendees with an overview of affordable housing development, finance and operations. It also serves as an ideal primer for those planning to attend the next day’s Conference. The session will include an introduction to the demographics of affordable housing in San Diego, affordable housing finance, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, elements of new construction and the challenges of preserving existing affordable housing. The latter portion of the seminar will focus on the operational side of affordable housing: asset management, property management and supportive services and how data collection and analysis is used to track the financial, physical and operational health of an affordable housing property.
Moderator: Emily S. Jacobs, San Diego Housing Commission
Colin Miller, San Diego Housing Commission
Thomas Mudd, San Diego Housing Commission
Dennis O’Donovan, San Diego Housing Commission
Candi Roberts, San Diego Housing Commission 

Intermediate Track
The afternoon Intermediate Track focuses on the basics of developing and financing affordable rental housing. Participants will learn about the development process from initial feasibility analysis and financial underwriting, through construction and lease up. The course will include an overview of federal, state and local funding sources for affordable housing, with an emphasis on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. The course will also provide an introduction to permanent supportive housing. The Intermediate Track is designed for individuals with some knowledge of the affordable housing industry looking to advance their expertise in the areas of finance and development. The course will be taught through speaker presentations, group interaction and hands-on exercises.
Peter Armstrong, Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation
Matt Grosz, Red Stone Equity Partners

Resident Services Support Network (RSSN) Institute

Resident services provided in conjunction with affordable housing are a vital tool to help low-income individuals and families overcome barriers to success and achieve self-sufficiency. Resident services professionals play an indispensable role in changing the lives of the residents they work with every day. Resident services professionals from across the county attend this full day educational opportunity in order to grow the knowledge and skills necessary to provide a more meaningful impact in this important field.

Resident Services Support Network Institute Session Information

Designed and implemented by the Resident Services Network (RSSN) in conjunction with the San Diego Housing Federation, the Resident Services Institute is an annual gathering of Resident Services professionals and providers. This day-long intensive learning event offers essential training, support, and networking opportunities around key and relevant topics related to providing programming in affordable housing communities. The conference is the culmination of a 2017 RSSN Training Series of monthly workshops providing certification for those who attend five of the eight workshops and the Institute.

Keynote Speaker
Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez made history in January, by becoming the first African American woman elected to serve as Mayor in San Diego County. We will hear from the Mayor on the topic of her journey to success: her background, challenges she faced along the way, and what it takes to be an effective leader in the community.
Ginger Hitzke, Hitzke Development Corporation
Mayor Racquel Vasquez, City of Lemon Grove

Just the Basics: How does Affordable Housing Happen?
Resident Services practitioners are frequently confronted with questions about rules and protocols that seem inexplicable to some residents, but which are in fact driven by the complex processes that help create and maintain affordable housing. This session will provide an overview of how typical affordable housing communities are developed, and how the complexities of funding and development create regulatory requirements that influence the everyday work of our front line staff members.
Kwofi Reed, LISC San Diego
Stephen Russell, San Diego Housing Federation

College Bound – College Readiness Program
In this session you will learn about a College Readiness Program to help prepare teens for college. You will learn about timelines for college entrance, hosting a “College Parent Education” event at your site, SAT and ACT testing sites, along with the time of year to start preparing youth for testing. Next, you will learn about financial aid, scholarships, pitfalls people make when completing their college applications, and resources for youth to receive assistance to complete their college applications.
Speaker: Brian Pollard, Urban Collaborative Project

Trauma Informed Care Approach to Programming
Understanding the impact of trauma is an important first step in becoming a compassionate and supportive service coordinator. This workshop will help you understand trauma and how to identify signs of it in the residents and populations you serve. You will learn how trauma affects your daily interaction with community residents, especially school-aged children. You will learn to overcome barriers to engagement, participation and program development that will lead to successful outcomes.
Speaker: Bernabe Cesana Jr., Reality Changers

Speed Networking: A Quick Way to Expand your Swap of Program and Outreach Ideas
This fun interactive workshop will allow you to gather a plethora of valuable program ideas and outreach strategies you can take with you the same day in “Speed Dating Style!” You will be given the opportunity to greet each coordinator, exchange information and share your best business practices and successes in program planning.

Come prepared to share the following with your cohorts:

  • Top 3 Program Ideas you use in your After School Program, Adult Programs and Senior Programs.
  • Top 3 Ideas for Outreaching to your residents to get them involved in Programs and connect them to services.

Tracey Davis, Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation
Leticia Leal, City Heights Community Development Corporation

Keeping our Kids Healthy: Programs to Support Physical Literacy
Join us as we discuss program components that develop confidence, motivation, and physical confidence in youth. Learn how to incorporate knowledge and understanding in order to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life. Resources and activities will be shared to help you energize your program and your youth!
Speaker: Paige Metz, San Diego County Office of Education 

LGBTQ Awareness: Creating a Safe Home through Kindness and Compassion
This is an informative and interactive opportunity to learn tips and best practices for service providers working with LGBTQ populations. Learn about resources for residents and how to navigate the cultural sensitivities when discussing LGBTQ identities. This workshop will create a community that affirms and supports its LGBTQ residents and their cultures, as well as seeks to ensure that they are treated with equality, respect and dignity.
Miriam Melendez, San Diego Housing Federation

Know Your Rights: Immigration 101
Alliance San Diego in Partnership with Ready now San Diego will be leading a presentation on “Know Your Know Your Rights: The Latest in Immigration News”. The topics that will be covered are the Executive Orders, what they mean and how they can affect our communities, as well as Know Your Rights. In addition, receive an update on the latest DACA program news, and how to prepare a family plan in case of an emergency. Lastly, we will learn about how to avoid fraud when seeking help with your immigration case.
Speaker: Helen Bariamichael, Interfaith Housing Assistance Corporation

Self-Care 201: An Introduction to Mental Health First Aid for First Responders
This interactive workshop will allow you to assess the level of care you provide to yourself so that you don’t burn out. You will walk away with an understanding of what you may need to do to insure you are your best so you can continue to thrive while providing services to your residents. You will learn to recognize burn out, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and secondary traumatic stress response and how it may affect your ability to be a productive service coordinator.
Speakers: Dr. LaTanya Runnells, Mental Health America of San Diego

Speakers Bios and details about Conference Day Thursday can be found here.

If you have questions, please contact Sarah Buchanan Mirabelli at or (619) 239‐6693.

Sponsorship Information
Support for excellence in San Diego Affordable Housing by considering a sponsorship for the 2017 Annual Conference. Click here to purchase.

For questions, please contact Sarah Buchanan Mirabelli, Director of Events and Membership via email or at (619) 239-6693.