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

WHEN: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: College of the Atlantic (Gates Center Meeting Hall), 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609

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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 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.


Senator George Mitchell
Co-Founder, 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


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 RemarksSenator George Mitchell