Six candidates will take the stage for the sixth Democratic presidential debate next week. All but one of the candidates participating in the debate have released plans or proposals to address the nation’s growing housing affordability crisis. Let’s start the New Year with a bang and ensure the presidential debate moderators ask the candidates about their proposed solutions to the housing crisis facing millions!
Join NLIHC and Our Homes, Our Votes: 2020 partners on Monday, January 13 at 3:00 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT/1 p.m. MT/12 a.m. PT) for a tweetstorm urging the debate moderators to ask about affordable housing and homelessness!
NLIHC sent a letter—signed by over 1,000 organizations—to the CNN and Des Moines Register debate moderators calling on them to ask a question on one of the most pressing issues facing millions of voters – housing affordability. Read more here – and reference the letter in your tweets during the tweetstorm!
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WHF-PA Annual Meeting
Over forty members attended the 7th annual meeting for Women in Housing & Finance Pennsylvania (WHF-PA) on November 18th. The event was held in Harrisburg just before the Homes within Reach Conference. Christine Paul, Partner, Diamond and Associates and Laura Northup, Principal, Mullin & Lonergan Associates, provided an update on the organization and a recap of 2019. Rebecca Peace, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency was the keynote speaker. She discussed her career path and the progress she’s been a part of in advancing women in the workplace. Her many stories were enjoyed by the group and provided unique insight. WHF-PA thanks our sponsors, Diamond and Associates and FHLBank Pittsburgh, for support of the annual meeting.
WHF-PA Session at the Homes within Reach Conference
Also on Monday, November 18, 2019, WHF-PA hosted its annual networking session at the Homes Within Reach Conference in Harrisburg, “Building Capacity, Confidence and Your Career.” The goal of the session was to allow a space for women in housing and finance to learn from, connect with and support one another in their professional growth.
Three talented panelists, Jeanine Dankoff from Berman Indictor, Imani Hamilton from Finance by Faith and Elaine Magil from TCAM, shared their career journeys and facilitated discussions on key questions such as:
There were thirty-one attendees from diverse backgrounds and a mix of WHF-PA members and non-members. The feedback was very positive, and attendees mentioned that they appreciated the space to share and connect in a meaningful way.
Some of the collective recommendations from the session were:
We are grateful to all our organizers, panelists and attendees and will see you at next year’s conference!
WHF-PA congratulates member Megan McGinley on her promotion to Associate, Kitchen & Associates. From Kitchen & Associates:
Megan has contributed her creativity and leadership to various scales of design within K&A’s affordable housing practice. She has ushered projects through all stages of low income and historic tax credit funding, design, and construction. Educated in architecture and environmental psychology, Megan is committed to creating thoughtful design solutions rooted in responding to the needs of her client, contractor, budget, and end-users. As an Associate, Megan will continue her deep commitment to sustainability, passion for preservation, and understanding of the technical requirements and communication that are essential for successful project outcomes. Megan serves on the Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Construction and Site Acquisition Committee and the Board of Directors for the Community Design Collaborative. She has worked on the award-winning projects, Gloria Casarez Residence and Ruth Williams House, both in Philadelphia, PA, and Gloria Robinson Court Homes in Jersey City, NJ.