Furman Center Hosts Conference: Transforming America’s Housing Policy
On February 12 and 13, 2009, the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, hosted A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Transforming America’s Housing Policy, a national, invitation-only conference. By bringing together national and local policymakers, developers, advocates, academics, and private sector leaders from fields as diverse as finance, urban development, environmental protection and child advocacy, the conference presented realistic perspectives on which of the most ambitious and creative ideas in housing can be introduced and brought to scale by the new administration. The conference will result in a white paper, which will provide President Obama, Congress, and the president’s appointees in housing and urban policy with specific recommendations for how to reconstruct the mortgage finance system, bring new models for first-time homeownership to scale, link affordable rental housing with economic opportunities for families, and forge more effective connections between housing programs and transportation, environment and education policy. Read the press release.