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Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX-5) to Keynote Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission’s Public Forum at George W. Bush Presidential Center on August 13 with Former U.S. Senator and HUD Secretary Mel Martinez and Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros

Friday, August 2, 2013

Washington, D.C. –The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission will host a public forum on pressing local and national housing issues at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. In the first half of 2013, the Dallas-area housing market hit a record high with the largest home price gains since the 1980s despite a rise in mortgage costs.

This timely forum will feature former U.S. Senator and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Mel Martinez and former HUD Secretary Henry G. Cisneros, co-chairs of the BPC Housing Commission, and Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX-5), Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. Leading local, regional and national housing experts will also discuss the state of U.S. housing, current market trends, homeownership and the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage and how to expand affordable housing supply with the low-income housing tax credit.

This event is the seventh regional public forum hosted by the BPC Housing Commission. Launched in October 2011, the commission issued a report, Housing America’s Future: New Directions in National Policy, which offers policy recommendations on how to tackle the near-term and long-term challenges in the housing sector. Throughout 2013, the commission will visit different regions of the country to discuss the local and national impact of its recommendations.

PRESS WISHING TO ATTEND, PLEASE RSVP TO: press@bipartisanpolicy.org. Upcoming forums include: Sun Valley, Idaho on August 22 and Columbus, Ohio on August 27.

Public Forum Agenda (all times local):

8:00AM-8:30AM Breakfast and Registration

8:30AM-8:45AM Opening Remarks
Former Senator and HUD Secretary Mel Martinez
JP Morgan Chase; Co-Chair, BPC Housing Commission

8:45AM-9:15AM PANEL ONE: Overview of the BPC Housing Commission Recommendations:

Moderator: Senator Mel Martinez, Co-Chair, BPC Housing Commission
Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, CityView; Co-Chair, BPC Housing Commission
Renee Lewis Glover, Atlanta Housing Authority; BPC Housing Commissioner
Frank Keating, American Bankers Association; BPC Housing Commissioner
Nan Roman, National Alliance to End Homelessness; BPC Housing Commissioner

9:15AM-9:45AM State of the Nation’s Housing: “Housing Recovery is Underway, But not for Everyone”

Introduction: Dennis Shea, Shea Public Strategies
Eric Belsky, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

9:45AM-10:45AM PANEL TWO: Homeownership and the 30-year Fixed-Rate Mortgage

Moderator: Ed Brady, Brady Homes; BPC Housing Commissioner
Larry James, City Square
Michael Lea, San Diego State University
Ronald A. Rosenfeld, Federal Housing Finance Board; BPC Housing Commissioner
Leslie Rouda Smith, National Association of Realtors

10:45AM-11:00AM Networking Break

11:00AM-12:00PM Keynote Remarks: Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Chairman, House Committee on Financial Services
Introduction: Former Senator and HUD Secretary Mel Martinez

12:00PM-12:45PM Lunch

12:45PM-1:30PM PANEL THREE: Perspectives on Housing Finance Reform: Will Private Capital Step Up?

Moderator: Nicolas P. Retsinas, Harvard Business School; BPC Housing Commissioner
Rohit Gupta, Genworth Financial
Gary Kain, American Capital Agency/American Capital Mortgage
Alex Pollock, American Enterprise Institute
Terry Smith, Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

1:30PM-2:15PM PANEL FOUR: Market Trends

Moderator: Robert Couch, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings; BPC Housing Commissioner
Kent Conine, Conine Residential Group
Douglas G. Duncan, Fannie Mae
Richard Smith, Realogy; BPC Housing Commissioner
Paul Weech, Housing Partnership Network

2:15PM-2:30PM Networking Break

2:30PM- 3:15PM PANEL FIVE: Expanding the Affordable Housing Supply with the Low-Income Housing Tax Credits

Moderator: Ron Terwilliger, Trammell Crow Residential; BPC Housing Commissioner
Barbara Burnham, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Tim Irvine, Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs
George Littlejohn, Novogradac & Company LLP
Bobby Rozen, Washington Council Ernst & Young; BPC Housing Commissioner

3:15PM- 3:30PM Closing Remarks: Former HUD Secretary Henry G. Cisneros


Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission’s Regional Public Forum in Dallas to Discuss Housing America’s Future: New Directions in National Policy


Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 8:00AM-3:30PM (CDT)


George W. Bush Presidential Center
2943 SMU Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75205

Please use the Bush Institute entrance on the west side of the building.

Joann Donnellan
(703) 966-1990

2013-08-02 00:00:00
Event to Feature Local Housing Experts Discussing DFW Area Market Trends, Homeownership, Housing Finance Reform, and Expanding the Supply of Affordable Housing