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Meeting Location: Orlando Regional Realtor Association, 1330 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810
(Location may be subject to change)  
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. 
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
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   or Lisa Mifflin at
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.
The Roundtable’s next meeting will occur on March 15, 2018.


With Support from the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association
Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 1:30-3:00 PM


Orlando Regional REALTOR Association located at 1330 Lee Road, Orlando, FL 32810 (for location information, call 407-253-3580)

Agenda Items

1. List of invitees and introductions
2. Roundtable discussion - membership dues
3. Speaker - Jamie Ross, President/CEO Florida Housing Coalition

Next meeting – June 2018 (exact date to be determined)


Jamie Ross is the President and CEO of the Florida Housing Coalition. 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.

In 1991, Ross initiated the broad-based coalition that successfully advocated the passage of the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act, providing a dedicated revenue source for affordable housing in Florida. She continues to facilitate the Sadowski Act Coalition to ensure funding for Florida’s state and local housing programs. Her work includes all forms of legislative and administrative advocacy and education related to the planning and financing of affordable housing. She has authored numerous articles on the planning and financing of affordable housing and smart growth tools for producing and preserving affordable housing. With funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ross produced “Creating Inclusive Communities”, a macro-media flash presentation on best practices for inclusionary housing programs. She founded the Florida Community Land Trust Institute in January, 2000.

Nationally, Ross serves on the Boards of Grounded Solutions Network and the Innovative Housing Institute. She is a nationally recognized expert in avoiding and overcoming the NIMBY syndrome. Ross is past Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee of the Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, and a former Fannie Mae Foundation James A. Johnson Community Fellow.

Ms. Ross will be addressing the Roundtable on housing issues discussed at the recently completed legislative session in Tallahassee.
The Roundtable’s next meeting will occur in June, 2018 (exact date to be determined).  

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