2023 TNHC Agenda

Tuesday, February 28


9:00a.m. - 11:20a.m. (room 106BC) - THOMAS training

Topics covered will include logging into THOMAS and assigning, submitting an application for the Low-Income Housing Credit and Multi-family Tax-Exempt Bond Authority programs, compliance documents - what and when to submit, and uploading audit documents for file review.
Presenters: Robert Lucas, THDA Business Analyst; Felita Hamilton, THDA Multifamily Allocation Manager; Chuck O’Donnell, THDA Program Compliance Manager

THOMAS Compliance Guide

9:30a.m. - 10a.m. (room 105AB) - Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition Steering Committee Meeting

10a.m. - 11a.m. (room 105AB) - Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition Annual Meeting


11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. - Opening Luncheon - Davidson Ballroom

Plenary speaker: Ed Brady, President and CEO of Home Builders Institute (HBI)
Presentation slides

Talk to THDA (room 106A)
Ever want to sit down with an expert at THDA and get your questions answered? This is your chance! Here is when we'll be available and the topic experts you'll have access to:
1:30p.m. to 2:30p.m.
Voucher program, LIHEAP & LIWAP, Weatherization
2:30pm.m to 3:30p.m.
Competitive grants and CITC, HOME, NHTF and HOME ARP, Emergency Solutions Grant
3:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.
Emergency Repair Program and home modifications and ramps, Housing Education Resource Team, Volunteer Mortgage Loan Servicing (VMLS)


1:45p.m. to 3:00p.m.

The Role of Supportive Services in Empowering Families and Individuals with Disabilities to Live Stably in the Community (room 105AB)

This session will explore using supportive services as a highly effective strategy combining affordable housing with coordinated services to help those struggling with chronic physical or mental health issues and seniors to obtain and maintain stable housing and receive appropriate health care.
Katie Kitchin, Corporation for Supportive Housing; Marisa Moazen, Knoxville Community Development Corporation; Neru Gobin, TN Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Presentation slides:
Marisa Moazen
Neru Gobin

Renovation Mortgages (room 106BC)

The low housing inventory of recent years has roots back to the mortgage crisis and the lack of new homes being built. Then many people stopped selling their homes due to the pandemic, add the demand of millennial homebuyers ready to make the move into homeownership to the mix and inventory rebound could be years away. Let’s rethink aged home inventory and providing the opportunity for a rehab. Hear from our panelist of experts on Renovation Purchases, giving borrowers more purchasing options and an easier way for lenders to manage the process.
Presenters: Simone Beaty, Freddie Mac; Jeff Zitelman, Fannie Mae; Tom Gillen, Churchill Mortgage; Dana Solberg, Churchill Mortgage; Ed Rogers, Built Technologies

Presentation slides:

Dana Solberg
Jeff Zitelman
Ed Rogers
Simone Beaty
Post-close draw admin

Tennessee's Best Presentations - REGIONAL IMPACT (room 104DE)

This award is given to a person, organization, or project that has demonstrated a dedication to affordable housing and has created an enduring partnership with THDA through the usage of our programs. Hear about this year’s nominees’ successes directly from them. Winners will be announced at the awards program on the second day.
Presenters: Derwin Jackson, Franklin Housing Authority; Jamie Berry, MDHA; Amy McDonald, TN Homeless Solutions
Presentation slides:

Franklin Housing Authority
TN Homeless Solutions

3:15p.m. to 4:30p.m. - Breakout Sessions

Cultivating Partnerships for Affordable Housing (room 105AB)

Franklin, TN is listed as one of the richest cities in the state, with current median sales prices at $529,355 and median rent prices at $1596. In 2020, the share of homes sold under $100,000 was 8.9% and 25% of their workforce were daily commuters. With the lack of affordable housing serving as a national challenge, local advocates work to find innovative ways to create affordable housing options. In this session, you will hear from local non-profits about how they are working together to leverage resources and create sustainable partnerships, in an effort bring affordable housing to downtown Franklin.
Presenters: Derrick Solomon, Hard Bargain; Derwin Jackson, Franklin Housing Authority; Wayne Weaver, Community Housing Partnership; Kim Randell, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County; Kathleen L. Sauseda, City of Franklin

Presentation slides:
Derrick Solomon, Hard Bargain
Kim Randell, Habitat

Equity Focused Strategies to Increase or Preserve Affordable Housing Opportunities (room 106BC)

As we consider solutions to increase the housing supply in cities and communities across Tennessee, it is imperative that we recognize the various and significant disparities in access to housing, particularly for people of color, and engage in intentionally equitable policy making and actions when creating or preserving existing affordable housing. Join us for a session to learn about strategies or solutions for building equity-focused, thriving communities with affordable housing opportunities that meet the needs of a diverse population.
Presenters: Emily Thaden, Grounded Solutions; Angela Hubbard, Housing Division for Metro Nashville; Dwayne Spencer, Memphis Habitat
Presentation slides:
Angela Hubbard
Dwayne Spencer
Emily Thaden
Combined slides
Video: Habitat for Humanity's Aging In Place Work in Tennessee

TN’s Best Presentations - NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION (room 104DE)

This award is given to an organization that has significantly contributed to the stabilization of a neighborhood, through their use of THDA programs and/or the orchestrated use of THDA programs within other housing organizations. Hear about this year’s nominees’ successes directly from them. Winners will be announced at the awards program on the second day.
Presenters: Eric Davis, Crossroads Campus; John Shepard, Elmington Capital; L. Thomas Rowe, Murfreesboro Housing Authority
Presentation slides:
Tillman Cove
Crossroads Campus


4:30p.m. - 5:30p.m. - Vendor area

Wednesday, March 1


8:30a.m. - Davidson Ballroom

Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition Installment of Officers

2022 Tennessee's Best Awards


This session highlights four visionary housing initiatives that have or will have a transformative impact on once-neglected neighborhoods. Each begins with a bold vision for improvement, formed with community input, leveraged with a variety of public and private resources. Hear from those who’ve done it, are doing it now, and those just getting started.

Plenary Speakers: Mikki Anderson, Purpose Built Communities; Emily Bernstein, McCormack Baron Salazar; Ben Bentley, KCDC; Elizabeth McCright, CHA
Presentation slides:
East Lake Village
Foote Park at South City
Westside Community Evolves

Western Choice


10:45a.m. to 12:00p.m.

Efficient, Sustainable and Affordable Housing; Making Housing More Affordable though Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (room 105AB)

This session will take a deep dive into available energy efficiency measures that could be incorporated in design, weatherization and rehabilitation of affordable housing projects to reduce energy costs, increase sustainability and reduce the impact on the environment.
Presenters: Scott Harrell, TVA; Michael Walton, GreenSpaces Chattanooga; Michelle Dusseau Diller, Enterprise Community Partners
Presentation slides:
Enterprise - Diller
TVA - Harrell
TVA - Wagner
GreenSpaces - Walton

Alternative Housing Solutions (room 106BC)

Affordability challenges such as inflation, rate increases and a lack of inventory for stick built homes are leading housing professionals to look for alternative housing solutions. Listen to experts with experience in container homes, 3-D printed homes, barndominiums and community land trusts. Opportunities and obstacles such as codes, financing and lessons learned will be shared.
Presenters: Chris Thompson, Virginia Housing; Simone Beaty, Freddie Mac; Luciano Scala, Pinnacle Bank; Leon Leinbach, Keystone Construction; Vickie Howse
Presentation slides:

Community Land Trusts - L. Scala
Community Land Trusts - S. Beaty

Container Homes
Virginia Housing
Virginia Housing Virginia Housing

THDA Updates (room 104DE)

THDA was created to promote the production of more affordable new housing units for very low, low, and moderate-income individuals and families in Tennessee and to promote the preservation and rehabilitation of existing housing units for those same people. Keys to those efforts are found behind the doors of THDA’s own Community Programs, Section 8 Rental Assistance and Multifamily Programs. Join this panel of THDA subject matter experts for an overview of key program updates, including HOME-ARP and Weatherization-Infrastructure funds, the Low-Income Housing Credit program, and the availability of project-based vouchers.
Presenters: Eric Alexander, THDA Director of Multifamily Programs; Cynthia Peraza, THDA Director of Community Programs; Jeboria Scott, THDA Director of Rental Assistance
Presentation slides


Pick up your lunch to go in the sessions rooms hallway!