Housing in America: Innovative Solutions to Address the Needs of Tomorrow (Bar Harbor, Maine Public Forum)


Tuesday, July 24, 2012


12:00 PM to 5:00 PM


College of the Atlantic (Gates Center Meeting Hall)


105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor

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Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell joined the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission and Jack Kemp Foundation to host a public forum in Maine today to discuss the need for improved housing in America’s small and rural communities. The meeting also stressed the importance of integrating social services into new and revamped housing development, particularly for Maine’s aging population.

“Too many of Maine’s senior citizens struggle to pay their rent or make their mortgage payments,” said Senator Mitchell, co-chair of BPC’s Housing Commission.  “We need to develop innovative strategies to lessen the financial burden on those with fixed incomes.”

The afternoon event featured Barbara G. Fields, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Tammye Treviño, Administrator of Rural Housing Services for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Local, regional, and national housing experts also emphasized the importance of addressing complex housing challenges more efficiently and providing comprehensive resident services.

Read the full press release here.


Senator George Mitchell

Co-founder, Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC)

Co-chair, BPC Housing Commission

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Barbara G. Fields

HUD Regional Administrator

Janet Murguía

President & CEO, National Council of La Raza Commissioner, BPC Housing Commission

Paul Weech

Executive Vice President, Housing Partnership Network

Tammye Treviño

Administrator, Rural Housing Services, USDA


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12:00PM – 1:00PM Lunch Provided 1:00PM – 1:10PM Welcome Senator George Mitchell 1:10PM – 1:30PM Opening Remarks

  • Barbara G. Fields, Regional Administrator, HUD
  • Tammye Treviño, Administrator, Rural Housing Services, USDA

1:30PM – 1:45PM Demographic Trends Impacting the Housing Landscape Moderator: Janet Murguia, BPC Housing Commissioner

1:45PM – 2:30PM Cost Containment: A More Efficient Housing Delivery System Moderator: Nic Retsinas, BPC Housing Commissioner

  • Peter Anastos, Chairman, Maine State Housing Authority
  • Bill Shanahan, President, Northern NE Housing Investment Fund

2:30PM – 3:30PM Innovative Solutions and Best Practices in Affordable Housing Moderator: Ron Terwilliger, BPC Housing Commissioner

  • Paul Weech, Executive Vice President, Housing Partnership Network View presentation slides
  • Nancy Eldridge, Executive Director, Cathedral Square Corporation
  • Polly Nichol, Housing Programs Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board & Board President, Housing Assistance Council

3:30PM – 3:45PM Networking Break 3:45PM – 4:50PM Open Public Forum Introduction: Former Governor Frank Keating, BPC Housing Commissioner Moderator: Jimmy Kemp, President, Jack Kemp Foundation 4:50PM – 5:00PM Closing Remarks Senator George Mitchell

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Read the Press Release: Former United States Senator George Mitchell, Bipartisan Policy Center, Jack Kemp Foundation Host Housing Forum in Maine

BPC's Housing Commission, in partnership with the Jack Kemp Foundation, is hosting a series of regional forums to gather input on key housing issues and best practices from stakeholders across the country. Public input will be an integral part of the commission's process as it crafts a package of realistic and actionable recommendations for improving the nation's housing policy.

For more information on past regional forums, click here.

For more information on the Jack Kemp Foundation, click here.