2nd Annual San Joaquin Valley Affordable Housing Summit 2013
Building Resilient Communities in the
Evolving Regional Landscape
September 25, 2013
Holiday Inn Fresno Downtown 1055 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, CA 93721
Brought to you by the San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of SF, the California Partnership for the SJV, Housing CA & the California Coalition for Rural Housing.
2nd Annual San Joaquin Valley Affordable Housing Summit
Building Resilient Communities in the Evolving Regional Landscape
September 25, 2013 – 9:00am to 4:00pm Holiday Inn® Hotel and Convention Center – 1055 Van Ness – Fresno, CA
SJV Housing Collaborative Welcome & Introduction
Darryl Rutherford, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Deidre Kelsey or Carol Ornelas, San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative Title Sponsor: Jerome “Otis” Odell, AIA, Partner, PBWS Architects
Morning Plenary – Investing in What Works
David Erickson, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Response Panel: Investing in what’s working in the SJV Marisol de la Vega Cardoso, Director of Business Development, Family HealthCare Network Hugo Ramirez, Community Development Specialist, City of Modesto Suzanne Hague, Suzanne Hague, AICP, Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Fresno, EPA Luis Sanchez, NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center Sacramento - Stockton Office
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Affordable Homes for Valley Residents are Key to a Sustainable Future: Tools for
Advocacy and Development: SB 375 implementation and emerging emissions-reducing
policies for development near jobs and opportunities Affordable Housing and the Community Reinvestment Act: Equitable rural development,
capitalization challenges, financing, and non-profit homeownership promotion
Uniquely Rural - Challenges and Opportunities for Non-Urban Housing Development: Rural development and non-urban strategies and opportunities for affordable housing
Lunch Keynote – Imagining a Finance System that Works
Title Sponsor: Preston Prince, Executive Director, Fresno Housing Authority Barry Zigas, Director of Housing Policy, Consumer Federation of America Concurrent Breakout Sessions
12:00 pm 1:05 pm
Defining and Financing Special Needs Housing: Funding sources’ definitions of special needs housing for elderly, formerly homeless, foster youth, and formerly incarcerated.
Housing Challenges and Opportunities for Local Government, Public Agencies and Non-Profits: Solutions from Valley advocates who’ve taken on affordable housing challenges
Foreclosure Assistance and Recovery: Have we turned the corner? What’s available, what’s working, and other solutions for homeowners who can’t stay in their home
Financing Affordable Housing in the San Joaquin Valley
Moderator – Rob Wiener, California Coalition for Rural Housing Laura Whittall-Scherfee, CalHFA & Department of Housing and Community Development Bill Pavao, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee Glenda Humiston, USDA Rural Development Cynthia Abbott, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
A Year in Review and What’s To Come Shamus Roller, Executive Director, Housing California
Valley Showcase and Concluding Remarks Darryl Rutherford, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
WELCOME TO THE
2ND ANNUAL SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY
Affordable Housing Summit
Building Resilient Communities in the Evolving Regional Landscape
Dear Summit Attendees,
The San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative and our co-sponsors are very pleased to welcome you to the 2nd Annual Affordable Housing Summit. Our theme this year is “Building Resilient Communities in the Evolving Regional Landscape.” The Valley’s recovery from the foreclosure crisis has been severely hampered by the loss of Redevelopment Agencies and by the tendency for the Valley to be overlooked by key business investors. But the nature of the Valley is one of resiliency and innovation. The ongoing need for housing that is safe, decent and affordable for the diverse needs of our more vulnerable population – special needs, seniors, farmworkers, and low income wage earners – will be met by collaboration through public and private partnerships.
Today, more than ever, we seem to be in danger of losing the nation’s focus on the promise of decent and safe places to live for all. The Housing Act of 1949 dedicated the nation to the pursuit of “a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family.” For 64 years this promise has been kept, in large part through the partnership of community-based developers and public and private funding streams. These and other resources have worked together to house thousands of San Joaquin Valley families and individuals successfully. But we are slipping back on these promises. Our challenge, working together, is to search for those needed changes and new resources that have yet to be tapped. In the meanwhile, we are committed to building resilient communities by creating a system devoted to strengthening community development through inter-agency structures.
We hope that the Summit will help foster new relationships among its participants, laying the foundation for more opportunities to work together toward lasting change. We urge you to continue the dialogues begun here. We hope you are able to gather new ideas and strategies, learn and share in workshops and other events, strengthen your resolve to improve conditions in your communities, and accomplish new goals.
The San Joaquin Valley Collaborative also would like to thank the partners who have helped make the 2013 Affordable Housing Summit possible. The Summit is a true collaborative effort of the San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative and more than 34 different organizations. We thank them for their help in designing the Summit agenda, as well as identifying workshop topics and speakers. We are especially grateful to our sponsors and major contributors, whose generosity allows us to keep registration fees low. Their support of the 2013 Affordable Housing Summit made it possible for all attendees.
In 1922 the poet Robert Frost wrote, “I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.” In a 1966 message to Congress, President Lyndon Johnson said that the “abolition [of] rural poverty may require a journey of a thousand miles.” In 2013 we still believe in the promises, and are still willing to travel the miles. Thank you for being a part of the 2013 Affordable Housing Summit.
Board of Directors
Chairperson: Deidre Kelsey – District 4 Supervisor, County of Merced
Vice‐chairperson: Carol Ornelas – CEO, Visionary Home Builders of California (VHB)
Under her leadership, Visionary Home Builders has built and rehabilitated more than 1,200 units of rental housing and more than 700 residential homes for first time homebuyers. VHB’s Homeownership and Rental Center provides education to the community on purchasing a home and the foreclosure or loan modification process. She serves with distinction as the first female developer in the Central Valley.
She is commissioner for the Development Oversight Committee and Chairman of the City of Stockton Climate Action Team. She serves on the boards of Dignity Health, Building Industry Association (BIA), Delta Charter, The Business Council, and the Bank of America National Community Advisory Council.
Secretary: Stephen Pelz – Executive Director, Kern County Housing Authority
Since 2005, the Housing Authority has increased Agency owned or managed affordable housing by over one‐third, enhanced resident services, expanded permanent housing for the homeless and developed new partnerships with community organizations.
During his 13 years with Kern County Department of Human Services, Stephen served as a Social Worker, Supervisor, Program Director and interim Chief Financial Officer.
He received his undergraduate degree from California State University, Bakersfield.
Treasurer: Andy Haussler – Housing Project Manager, City of Clovis
Andy Haussler oversees the operation and development of affordable housing programs and projects including first‐time homebuyers programs, owner‐occupied rehabilitation programs, the development of land for construction of single‐ and multi‐ family projects, and seeks grants to leverage local housing funds. He manages a multitude of grants focused on affordable housing and community development.
Andy started his career with AES Corporation, where he marketed and managed electricity contracts in Long Beach. As a budget analyst for Fresno County, he worked on affordable housing finance and neighborhood revitalization.
Andy received an undergraduate degree from Fresno Pacific University and is currently pursuing an MBA.
Oscar Cabello – District Manager, Wells Fargo
Claudia Cazares – Project Manager, Housing Alliance of Fresno
Ray Chavez – Board member, Self‐Help Enterprises Ray Chavez served from 2004 to 2012 as the Administrator of the Head Start and State Preschool program at the Tulare County Office of Education, before retiring. He had worked 25 years with the Tulare County Department of Public Services in various frontline and upper management positions, and also for the State of California Employment Development Department in Delano and Wasco. He has served over 30 years on the Self Help Enterprises Board of Directors, and was an active member of the California Head Start Association, Commissioner for First 5 Tulare County. He graduated from New Mexico State University.
Michael Duarte – Senior Development Manager, Fresno Housing Authority
Michael is responsible for all multi‐family housing real estate transactions; in 2013, the Fresno Housing Authority has received four 9% LIHTC awards totaling 65 million dollars of state and federal tax credits. Since joining the Fresno Housing Authority in 2007, Michael Duarte has secured financing for 16 Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects. He has worked on projects targeting rehabilitation and creation of public housing, senior housing, family housing and permanent supportive housing for the homeless. He received a B.S. in Business Administration–Finance from Fresno State.
Denise Fletcher – Program Director, Self‐Help Enterprises (retired)
Ms. Fletcher provided overall management, fiscal control, program development. Ms. Fletcher’s staff wrote grant applications, rehabilitated or reconstructed homes for low‐ income households, managed partners’ grants and loan portfolios, directly implemented housing grants, and provided assistance to low‐income homebuyers. Ms. Fletcher retired after 29 years with SHE. She is active with the California Rural Housing Coalition, the National Rural Housing Coalition, the Council of State Community Development Agencies, the San Joaquin Valley CRA Collaborative, and the CDBG & HOME advisory committee.
Greg Gatzka – Director, Kings County Community Development Agency Over the past decade, Mr. Gatzka has managed land use permitting and advanced planning processes for Kings County. He authored the 2035 Kings County General Plan, developed the Kings County Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan and the Countywide Multi‐Jurisdiction Housing Element, and designed a GIS‐based formula in evaluating residential land use. Gatzka serves as LAFCO Executive Officer of Kings County and Planning & Intelligence Section Chief of Kings County’s Emergency Operations Center, integrating regional
Blueprint principles and LAFCO policies in coordination with efforts for agricultural land preservation.
Peter Herzog – President, Affordable Housing Development Corporation (AHDC)
Peter Herzog is currently acting President of AHDC and a member of its Board of Directors. His primary scope of activity includes the direction and execution of market analysis, site acquisitions, product design, city entitlements and financing for all projects. Mr. Herzog has continued to manage and maintain AHDC’s relationships with major financial partners, city and state government agencies and Housing Authorities to ensure the success of AHDC’s existing communities and provide continuing opportunities for new growth.
Barbara Kauss – Executive Director, San Joaquin Housing Authority
Nathan Magsig – Weatherization/RME Director, Fresno EOC; Mayor Pro Tem, City of Clovis
Nathan Magsig previously served as Executive Director for the Coalition for Urban Renewal Excellence, lecturer at Fresno State, Field Representative and District Director for the 29th Assembly District, and Youth Leader for the New Covenant Community Church. He is a board member for both Fresno County’s and Clovis’ Boys and Girls Clubs, the Fresno Rescue Mission Capital Campaign, and the Criminology Advisory Board at California State University‐Fresno. He serves on the Fresno County Airport Land Use Commission and the League of CA Cities Housing and Economic Development Policy Committee. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Criminology, and an MBA from California State University‐Fresno.
Chuck Riojas – Business Agent, IBEW 100
Hector Uriarte – Green Jobs Coordinator, Proteus, Inc.
Dennis Wallace – Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Bakersfield
John Wright – Director of Planning and Development Services, City of Clovis (retired)
John Wright served for 30 years as Director of Planning and Development Services for the City of Clovis until his retirement from full time work in 2008. His accomplishments there include the development of a fully‐funded major facilities streets program, some of the first major trails projects in the region, and redevelopment of “Old Town Clovis”. He continues to provide pro bono service to the city in several areas, and serves in his church organizing community service projects and community relations. He assisted the Fresno Council of Governments in the development of the Valley Blueprint. He chairs the San Joaquin Valley Planner’s Network, and the Valley‐wide Greenprint Steering Committee, and serves on the 2014 Fresno Regional Transportation Plan Update Roundtable and in the Clovis Community Foundation.
San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for supporting the San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative and our 2nd Annual San Joaquin Valley Affordable Housing Summit 2013: Building Resilient Communities in the Evolving Regional Landscape!
Family HealthCare Network
Visionary Homebuilders of
Rural Community Assistance
Corporation Eden Housing
Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission Weatherization
Mogavero Notestine Associates American Planning Association
California Coalition for Rural Housing
ESA | Community Development Ray Chavez
Denise Fletcher Felicity Gasser
Summit Agenda and Workshop Descriptions
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast Sierra Grand Ballroom
9:00 am – 9:15 am
SJV Housing Collaborative Welcome & Introduction Sierra Grand Ballroom
The San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative is a non‐profit organization (501c3) formed as a regional
organization to specifically address housing issues in the eight county region of the San Joaquin Valley. The
Collaborative not only serves as a much needed forum to discuss regional challenges and strategies to
address the Valley’s long and short term housing goals, it also serves as an invaluable tool for the region to
organize as one voice when communicating with state and federal policy makers and regulatory agencies.
Darryl Rutherford, Regional Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Deidre Kelsey or Carol Ornelas, San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative
Title Sponsor: Jerome “Otis” Odell, AIA, Partner, PBWS Architects
9:15 am – 10:30 am
Morning Plenary – Investing in What Works
Sierra Grand Ballroom
Successful community development is based on attention to both the physical infrastructure, whether
housing or commercial spaces, and the health and welfare of the residents therein. Safe and affordable
housing will always be an important concern for lower‐income Americans, but the recent recession and
resulting damage to communities across the country make it clear that communities are more than physical
structures. Sustainable communities—those that can weather economic downturns—not only provide
decent housing, but also have the resources to support individuals and families and to create a dynamic
business environment. For this reason, community development today is a multidisciplinary exercise that
challenges us to think holistically about how housing relates to jobs, educational opportunities,
transportation, health care, and other services and amenities.
David Erickson, PhD, Director, Center for Community Development Investments, Federal Reserve
Bank of San Francisco
Response Panel: Investing in What’s Working in the SJV
Marisol de la Vega Cardoso, Director of Business Development, Family HealthCare Network
Hugo Ramirez, Community Development Specialist, City of Modesto
Suzanne Hague, Suzanne Hague, AICP, Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Fresno, EPA
Luis Sanchez, Central Valley Region Manager, NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center‐Stockton
Summit Agenda and Workshop Descriptions
10:35 am – 11:50 am Morning Concurrent Breakout Sessions Affordable Homes for Valley Residents are Key to a Sustainable Future: Tools for Advocacy and Development El Capitan In this workshop participants will hear about implementation of SB 375 and other statewide smart growth policies in the San Joaquin Valley. Presenters will provide perspectives on the challenges and opportunities these policies bring to the San Joaquin Valley, including development of funding and implementation strategies being developed both on the ground and in the Capitol, to build and sustain affordable homes located near jobs and other opportunities.
Alexa Washburn, Principal, ESA James Pappas, Housing Policy and Preservation Associate, California Housing Partnership Corporation Chris Benner, Associate Professor, University of California, Davis Tom Collishaw, Development Director, Self‐Help Enterprises Felicity Gasser, Sustainable Communities Coordinator, Housing California (Moderator) Using the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) to Encourage Development Bass Lake Join the San Joaquin Valley CRA Collaborative for a discussion on the need to encourage more development in the San Joaquin Valley. Learn about the challenges faced by developers in bringing capital; the challenges faced by consumers trying to secure mortgages for home purchase in rural areas; and the challenges non‐ profits encounter developing and promoting homeownership. Let’s hear from experts on ways to overcome these obstacles, bring more resources to the Valley and how the Community Reinvestment Act may play a part in this effort. Kevin Stein, Associate Director, California Reinvestment Coalition Carol Ornelas, CEO, Visionary Home Builders of CA, Inc. Tim McKinley, Directing Attorney, California Rural Legal Assistance, Delano Della Hodson, President, United Way of Kern County Kevin Hill, San Joaquin Valley Coordinator, Greenlining Institute (Moderator) Uniquely Rural: Challenges and Opportunities for Non‐Urban Housing Development Mt Whitney With federal cuts to USDA and HUD, the exhaustion of state housing resources, and the shrinkage in the number of rural‐eligible jurisdictions, developing affordable homes in rural and urban fringe areas has become increasingly difficult. In this workshop, we will discuss the unique challenges facing rural development and present specific opportunities and strategies for the survival and growth of affordable housing in non‐urban areas. Peter Carey, CEO, Self Help Enterprises Ilene Jacobs, Director of Litigation, Advocacy and Training, California Rural Legal Assistance, INC Ray DePerry, Executive Director, Tule River Housing Authority Jose Ramirez, City Manager, City of Livingston Maya Abood, Housing and Community Development Specialist, California Coalition for Rural Housing (Moderator)
Summit Agenda and Workshop Descriptions
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch – Imagining a Finance System that Works Sierra Grand Ballroom
Title Sponsor: Preston Prince, Executive Director, Fresno Housing Authority
Barry Zigas, Director of Housing Policy, Consumer Federation of America
Barry Zigas became Director of Housing for Consumer Federation of America in 2008. He is responsible for
CFA’s policies on housing and mortgage finance including secondary market systems, foreclosure and loan
modification policies, and community reinvestment issues. He also consults with housing and community
development nonprofits and foundations on strategy, innovation and leadership through his firm Zigas and
Associates LLC. He was appointed as member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission in
December, 2011, and previously served on the Rouse‐Maxwell Task Force and the Mitchell‐Danforth Task
Force in the 1980’s. His articles and commentary have appeared in American Prospect, American Banker,
Washingtonian, and other publications, and he is frequently quoted in print and electronic media.
1:05 pm – 2:20 pm
Afternoon Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Defining and Financing Special Needs Housing
This workshop will examine the current definitions of special needs and/or supportive housing as it relates to local,
state, and federal funding sources. Particular attention will be paid to financing housing for extremely vulnerable
group such as the elderly, formerly homeless, transitioning foster youth, and formerly incarcerated individuals.
Using data from the 8‐county region of the San Joaquin Valley, the workshop will evaluate which segments of the
region’s population face the greatest difficulty in accessing housing and how cities, counties, and nonprofits can
access the resources needed to provide safe and supportive homes to special needs populations.
Preston Prince, Executive Director, Fresno Housing Authority
Juan Garcia, Clinica Sierra Vista, Chair of the Kern County Continuum of Care Consortium
Samantha LaGrasse, Division Director for Transitional Age Youth, Aspiranet
Maya Abood, Housing and Community Development Specialist, California Coalition for Rural Housing
Housing Challenges and Opportunities for Local Government, Public Agencies and Non‐Profits Mt. Whitney
In today’s environment, it takes a village to address the issues of affordable housing in communities
throughout the central valley. This workshop brings together local government, public agencies and non‐
profits, who have taken on the challenge in a tough environment and through partnerships and
collaboration, are identifying solutions and opportunities.
Tom Collishaw, Director of Development, Self Help Enterprise
Tony Miranda, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Fresno,
Andy Haussler, Housing Program Manager, City of Clovis
Carol Ornelas, President/CEO, Visionary Home Builders
Darryl Rutherford, Regional Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Moderator)
Summit Agenda and Workshop Descriptions
1:05 pm – 2:20 pm
Afternoon Concurrent Breakout Sessions (cont.)
Foreclosure Assistance and Recovery: Have we turned the corner? Bass Lake
Is it too early or too late to focus on foreclosure recovery? What are the projections and drivers of potential
future foreclosures? What does foreclosure recovery look like? What approaches are most effective in
helping homeowners avoid foreclosure? Foreclosure prevention agencies offer a candid look at what’s
available, what’s working, and other solutions available to homeowners who can’t stay in their home. Local
governments have a plethora of programs and efforts to help communities and families become more
stable. Beyond just ensuring that tenant’s receive their legal rights, allowing a renter to remain in a
property may keep the property from being vandalized or neglected.
John W. Shore, Executive Director, Community Housing Council of Fresno
José A. Nuño, Director‐Homeownership and Rental Center, Visionary Home Builders of California
Martha Lucey, Senior Vice President, ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions (Moderator)
2:25 pm – 3:25 pm
Financing Affordable Housing in the San Joaquin Valley Sierra Grand Ballroom
Join State & Federal housing agency directors in a discussion on the state of programs and financial
assistance available to local governments, affordable housing developers & community stakeholders.
Laura Whittall‐Scherfee, CalHFA & Department of Housing and Community Development
Bill Pavao, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee
Glenda Humiston, USDA Rural Development
Cynthia Abbott, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Rob Wiener, California Coalition for Rural Housing (Moderator)
3:25 pm – 3:45 pm
A Year in Review and What’s to Come Sierra Grand Ballroom
Shamus Roller, Executive Director, Housing CA
Join Shamus Roller, Executive Director of Housing California for an inspiring look back at what the housing
community has accomplished in state policy over the past year and what challenges it has sought to
overcome. The session will conclude with a “Call to Action” that will galvanize attendees to join the San
Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative in supporting the statewide efforts to ensure that valley residents, and
all Californians, have a safe and decent place to call home.
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Valley Showcase and Concluding Remarks Sierra Grand Ballroom
Darryl Rutherford, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
4:00 pm Event Concludes
Speaker and Panelist Bios
Dr. Chris Benner – Associate Professor of Community and Regional Development, UC Davis
Chris Brenner researches the relationships between technological change, regional development, and the structure of economic opportunity, focusing on regional labor markets and the transformation of work and employment patterns.
Dr. Benner’s recent book, co‐authored with Manuel Pastor, is Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions. The book argues that we need more than just growth (or growth alone), and that especially in the context of our current economic stagnation and inequality, lessons from these “just growth” regions can help shape a new paradigm in which the promotion of social equity is not simply seen as a beneficial social goal but as an important component of economic development policy and practice.
He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Peter Carey – President and CEO, Self‐Help Enterprises (SHE)
Self‐Help Enterprises develops self‐help single family homes and multifamily rental homes. In partnership with local governments, SHE rehabilitates homes, assists first‐ time homebuyers, and provides technical assistance to unincorporated communities struggling to meet the need for affordable, safe drinking water.
Peter is past president of the National Rural Housing Coalition, California Coalition for Rural Housing, and the National Rural Self‐Help Housing Association. He is also a Board member for the National NeighborWorks Association, the Housing Assistance Council, the California Housing Consortium, and is completing his fifth year as Acting Chair for the Board of the California Housing Finance Agency. He is a past Mayor, Council Member and Planning Commissioner for the City of Visalia.
Marisol de la Vega Cardoso – Director of Business Development for Family HealthCare Network
Marisol de la Vega Cardoso leads the organization’s efforts to develop business and community partnerships throughout its service area and to integrate the organization’s capital expansion strategies, funding, marketing and communications, and promotional/community health outreach initiatives.
Family HealthCare Network recognizes a “beyond the 4 walls” approach to promoting wellness and prevention. Examples of programs include a community nutrition and physical activity program in partnership with the school districts, a Ventanilla de Salud program at the Fresno Mexican Consulate, and health services and education at County Senior Centers.
Marisol has worked with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient Centered Health Home, the Joint Commission’s Primary Medical Home, and the California Endowment in Fresno.
Marisol is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ray de Perry – Executive Director, Tule River Tribal Housing Authority
Ray arrived in California in 2012 to adminster the Tule River Indian Housing Authority. He brings with him 30‐plus years of experience in tribal government operations: as the Chairman of his tribe in Wisconsin, the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians – Red Cliff, the Tribal Manager, Tribal Attorney, and also eight years as the County Administrative Coordinator for a Wisconsin county.
While he served as Executive Director, the Red Cliff Housing Authority built their first housing development in over 25 years, with resources from Section 184 and the Federal Home Loan Bank.
Tom Collishaw – Vice President and Director of Development, Self‐Help Enterprises
Mr. Collishaw has direct responsibility for all land purchase and entitlements, single family ownership and multifamily rental development, and water/wastewater activities.
Collishaw served on the state legislature’s Housing Element Working Group. He also serves on the boards of the National Rural Housing Coalition, the National Farmworker Housing Directors Association, California Community Reinvestment Corporation, and on the Central Valley Advisory Council to the Northern California Community Loan Fund.
Collishaw is a graduate of Colgate University and the Achieving Excellence in Community Development program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Caroline Epps – Director of Policy and Partnerships, LifeSTEPS
In her role at LifeSTEPS she coordinated the efforts behind LifeSTEPS involvement with SB391, the California Homes and Jobs Act. Since 1996 LifeSTEPS has helped vulnerable individuals and families forge better lives. The mission of LifeSTEPS is to provide effective educational and supportive services to maximize the strengths of individuals and build resilient communities. LifeSTEPS provides comprehensive social services such as case management, education and emergency assistance services, to the residents of over 220 affordable housing communities throughout California.
David J. Erickson – Director, Community Development Investment, Federal Reserve Bank SF
David J. Erickson’s research areas include community development finance, affordable housing, economic development, and institutional changes that benefit low‐income communities. His book on the history of community development, The Housing Policy Revolution: Networks and Neighborhoods, was published in 2009. He also co‐edited Investing in What Works for America’s Communities: Essays on People, Place, and Purpose, published in 2012.
He has been a leader in the health‐community development collaboration between the Federal Reserve and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, resulting in 11 conferences around the country and numerous publications, including articles in Health Affairs in November 2011.
He received an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth, a master’s degree in public policy from the UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley with a focus on economic history and public policy.
Juan J. Garcia – Program Director, Clinica Sierra Vista
Juan Garcia currently directs the HIV/AIDS and Homeless Services Program. He is also chairman of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative’s Housing Committee.
Juan’s housing experience includes developing and managing 6 units of housing for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS, managing a transitional program for homeless people, and implementing case management programs to assist the homeless in accessing permanent housing. He was vice chair of the Kern County AIDS Advisory Board and was a member of the California Latino AIDS Advisory board.
Kevin Hill – San Joaquin Valley Coordinator, Greenlining Institute
Kevin brings resources to the San Joaquin Valley and works with local stakeholders to identify opportunities for constructive collaboration. Before joining Greenlining, Kevin was an instrumental part of the development of the San Joaquin Valley CRA Collaborative.
Kevin received a master’s degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University, where he focused on issues affecting low‐ to moderate‐income people.
Della Hodson – President and CEO, United Way of Kern County
Della Hodson joined United Way in 2004 and served as Director of Community Impact until her appointment as President in July, 2008. During her tenure, she has overseen development of a number of financial stability and asset‐building programs for low‐ to moderate‐income populations.
Ilene J. Jacobs – Director of Litigation Advocacy and Training, California Rural Legal Assistance
Ms. Jacobs’ areas of interest and practice include civil rights, fair housing, farm worker housing, land use and planning law, anti‐NIMBY cases, unequal municipal services, and housing rights. She serves on the boards of the California Coalition for Rural Housing, Housing Assistance Council and California Reinvestment Coalition. Ms. Jacobs has published numerous articles and has taught at the UC Davis School of Law and Yuba Community College. Ms. Jacobs was admitted to the State Bars of D.C.in 1979, Maryland in 1983, and California in 1986.
Ms. Jacobs received her B.A. from Boston University and J.D. from Northeastern University.
Samantha LaGrasse – Division Director for Transitional Age Youth, Aspiranet
Samantha LaGrasse currently serves as the Division Director for Aspiranet’s Transitional Age Youth programs. Over the span of her 16 year career, she has provided both direct and supervisory services for foster care, Intensive Treatment Foster Care, Transitional Housing Program Plus, THP+FC, and HUD‐funded housing programs.
Ms. LaGrasse received an undergraduate degree from California State University, Fresno and master’s degree from National University in Counseling Psychology.