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MEETING SCHEDULE and LOCATION

Meeting Location: Orlando Regional Realtor Association, 1330 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810
(Location may be subject to change)  
 
MISSION:
To increase the supply of decent affordable housing provided by nonprofit organizations to low and very low income families through coordination among non-profits to enhance capabilities, expand funding opportunities, maximize training, and develop new partnerships. 
 
MEETING SCHEDULE
Full membership meetings are held four times per year on a quarterly basis. For 2017, the meeting schedule is March, May, August, and November. Meetings are held at the Orlando Regional Realtor Association located at 1330 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810 and typically runs from 10:30am to 12:00pm. However, the meeting location is subject to change. Individuals or organizations interested in making a presentation to the Housing Roundtable should contact the Administrator (John Hazelroth at john@jphfl.org).
 
 
SUMMARY OF MEETINGS HELD IN 2017
 
March 27, 2017 -
This meeting involved a planning session to solicit feedback from stakeholders regarding the future direction of the Housing Roundtable.
Attached are minutes from this meeting.  
 
May 24, 2017 –
The keynote speaker at this meeting was James Carras. James Carras is Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy. For over twenty-five years, as Principal of Carras Community Investment, Inc., he has concentrated on designing and implementing responses and solutions for community and economic development opportunities. Mr. Carras is recognized nationally for the creation and expansion of over fifty development financial institutions and community investment initiatives. He has served as the Founding Executive Director of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders, the Founding President of the Broward Housing Partnership and the South Florida Community Land Trust. Prior to establishing his consulting business, he served as a Community Development Advisor to the Mayor of Boston and was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Urban Reinvestment Advisory Group where he was awarded the John Hay Whitney Fellowship.
Attached is the presentation made by Mr. Carras.
   
August 16, 2017 –
April Atkins from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Lisa Mifflin from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency addressed the Housing Roundtable pertaining to the Community Reinvestment Act and how it impacts local housing stakeholders and their respective resources that support the development of affordable housing. To obtain a copy of their presentation, contact April Atkins at aatkins@fdic.gov or Lisa Mifflin at Lisa.Mifflin@occ.treas.gov.
  
November 30, 2017 -
Trey Price, the Executive Director for the Florida Housing Finance Authority along with Representative Mike Miller were on hand to talk about the state of affordable housing with the State of Florida. Mr. Price also reviewed recommendations put forth by the Affordable Housing Workgroup.

In 2017, the Florida Legislator created the Affordable Housing Workgroup. The Workgroup is charged with developing a set of recommendations concerning housing which are to be presented to the Governor and Legislature for approval. The Workgroup is still accepting public comments on these recommendations. FHFC held their workshop on these recommendations Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Jacksonville Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Attached is a copy of these recommendations.

Background Notes: Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) was created by the state Legislature 35 years ago to assist in providing a range of affordable housing opportunities for residents that help make Florida communities great places in which to live, work and do business. Their vision is to be recognized as an outstanding provider of innovative, measurable, data-driven and fiscally sustainable solutions that respond to the affordable housing challenges of our state. Today, Florida Housing continues its mission by increasing affordable housing opportunities and ensuring that its programs are well matched to the needs of those we serve.

Mr. Price was appointed as Executive Director in March of this year. Prior to FHFC, Mr. Price was in-house lobbyist for Florida Realtors for 14 years, then launched his own firm, Price Point Strategies, in 2015. He also worked as a campaign manager for several legislative and local campaigns, a general campaign consultant, and a legislative assistant in the Florida House. Mr. Price also has extensive experience working on successful campaigns to amend — or prevent others from amending — Florida’s Constitution.
 
SUMMARY OF MEETINGS HELD IN 2018
 
March 15, 2018 –
The keynote speaker at this meeting was Jamie Ross, President and CEO of the Florida Housing Coalition. Ms. Ross addressed the Roundtable on housing issues discussed at the recently completed legislative session in Tallahassee. Prior to joining the Florida Housing Coalition as CEO, Ms. Ross served as the Affordable Housing Director at 1000 Friends of Florida, a statewide nonprofit smart growth organization, from 1991- 2015. Prior to her tenure at 1000 Friends of Florida, Ross was a land use and real property lawyer representing for profit and nonprofit developers and financial institutions with a law firm in Orlando.
Attached is a file with the meeting agenda and minutes.
  
June 21, 2018 –

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs hosted the inaugural Regional Affordable Housing Summit on October 2017.  Planners, developers and local government leaders from across the region gathered to explore affordable housing solutions for Central Florida, including strategies, tools and best practices being implemented throughout Florida and across the country. The goal of the summit was to utilize the community’s collective experience and knowledge to create a regional approach to address affordable housing needs.  

Mitchell Glasser, Director of Orange County Housing and Community Development Division and Housing Finance Corporation and Owen Beitsch PhD, GAI Consultants were on hand to discuss the purpose and findings from the Central Florida Housing Summit and subsequent three workshops.  

Attached is Mr. Glasser’s powerpoint presentation. 
Attached is a file with the meeting agenda and minutes.

  
Orange County has recently posted the final report of the Regional Affordable Housing Executive Summary (05/2018). Follow this link to the Orange County website to open the report: Housing Summit Recommendations. To open the report here, click on this link Regional Affordable Housing Executive Summary Report. You can save the report to your hard drive from either location.  

  
SUMMARY OF MEETINGS HELD IN 2019
 
March 13, 2019 –
Tom Kohler from GAI Consultants addressed two on-going developments in Central Florida called OBT Next and Lift Orlando.

OBT Next: In July 2016, with the assistance of State Representative Bruce Antone, the Orange Blossom Trail Development Board (OBTDB) was awarded a grant from the State of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity to fund a series of plans for an eight (8) mile segment of the Orange Blossom Trail Corridor, from State Road 50 to State Road 528. Under the direction of the OBTDB, a steering committee comprised of community stakeholders met with the overall goal to develop three complementary plans for the corridor: 1) A Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) Plan Update 2) Safe Neighborhood Plan Update for specific areas along OBT; and 3) Master Plan and Implementation for the entire corridor.

Lift Orlando: In 2012, Tom Sittema, CEO of CNL Financial Group, gathered a group of community-minded business leaders to pursue the question: “How can the business community help solve some of our city’s most complex social problems?” After much research they became inspired by the opportunity to leverage their influence and align their social responsibility efforts in partnership with Florida Citrus Sports. LIFT Orlando was founded to leverage Camping World Stadium’s reconstruction and ignite positive neighborhood transformation for its neighboring families. LIFT Orlando consists of business leaders partnering with residents to break the cycle of poverty through neighborhood revitalization.
  
July 10, 2019 –
This month’s topic was community land trusts. A national, state, and local perspective was provided by Jason Webb (Grounded Solutions), Gladys Cook (Florida Housing Coalition), and Frank Wells (Bright Community Trust). Ms. Cook reported that the Coalition is currently working with Freddie Mac to pilot a CLT Certification program- it was launched last year at the conference and it will be rolled out sometime in August at the Coalition’s statewide conference. Mr. Wells reported that his organization is now helping to form the Central Florida Regional Housing Trust, working with partners like the Central Florida Foundation, City of Orlando, Orange County, UCF, Valencia College and more, and will be serving as its operating partner. Parramore is the location for our first project, but we have projects in the pipeline all around Osceola, Orange and Seminole Counties. The Parramore Asset Stabilization Fund is a creative method for helping to maintain affordable housing in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando.  

Attached is a copy of the Parramore Asset Stabilization Fund 

  
  
SUMMARY OF MEETINGS HELD IN 2020
 
January 10, 2020 –

The Roundtable hosted speaker(s) discussing Opportunity Zones. Opportunity Zones seek to encourage investment in low-income and undercapitalized communities. The program provides three tax benefits for investing unrealized capital gains, which include; 1) Temporary deferral of taxes on previously earned capital gains. Investors can place existing assets with accumulated capital gains into Opportunity Funds. Those existing capital gains are not taxed until the end of 2026 or when the asset is disposed of; 2) Basis step-up of previously earned capital gains invested. For capital gains placed in Opportunity Funds for at least five years, investors’ basis on the original investment increases by 10 percent. If invested for at least seven years, investors’ basis on the original investment increases by 15 percent; and 3) Permanent exclusion of taxable income on new gains. For investments held for at least 10 years, investors pay no taxes on any capital gains produced through their investment in Opportunity Funds (the investment vehicle that invests in Opportunity Zones).

Attached is a copy of the report OZ for GOBA Nonprofit Housing Roundtable 1/10/2020  


Census 2020:
Attached is a copy of the Census 2020 by Nonprofit Housing Roundtable 1/10/2020  

Membeship:

The Roundtable now has 20 registered/dues paying organizations. This is terrific news and we will be sending out reminders to those organizations and individuals who have not yet signed-up for membership at the end of this month. Our current mail list is over 186 individuals.

Grant Award:

The Orlando Regional Realtor® Foundation (ORRF) is pleased to announce that they received funding from Wells Fargo to explore ways to evaluate and improve the building permit/review process for affordable single family homes in Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County, and the City of Orlando. ORRF will be working with the Roundtable to survey jurisdictions and those individuals from the private/nonprofit sector who develop affordable single family homes in these jurisdictions. Recommendations derived from survey data will hopefully be available for review/comment by the second quarter of 2020.

  
 
UPCOMING MEETINGS
 
The Roundtable’s next meeting has yet to be determined. Please keep an eye out for the next date, agenda and speakers.  




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