Experts to discuss what Administration’s 2013 budget means for critical housing programs


Major report on housing affordability for working families to be released at industry group’s annual budget forum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 23, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Housing Conference, known as the United Voice for Housing, will hold its Annual Budget Forum at the Capitol Visitor Center Feb. 24, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The Budget Forum will feature national housing experts in a discussion of the President’s FY 2013 budget proposals and what they mean for critical housing programs.

“NHC’s Budget Forum is such an enduring annual institution because it brings together all those who care about housing—left and right, policymakers and practitioners—to understand the very real challenges we face in a constrained budget environment,” commented Ethan Handelman, the Conference’s vice president for policy and advocacy.

Handelman is one of six housing experts speaking at the Budget Forum. Others include:

  • Jonathan Harwitz, Deputy Chief of Staff for Budget and Policy, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Douglas Rice, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Dennis Shea, Principal, Shea Public Strategies LLC,

Former Assistant Secretary for Policy Development & Research, Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Michael Bodaken, President, National Housing Trust
  • Jeffrey Lubell, Executive Director, Center for Housing Policy

At the Budget Forum, the Center for Housing Policy will also release its key annual report on housing affordability for working families using the latest data. To see an advance copy of the report, contact Blake Warenik at or (202) 466-2121 x240.

Media are encouraged to attend the Budget Forum. To register to attend as press, please contact Sarah Jawaid at or at (202) 466-2121 x248. On-site registration is also available for press.

Blake Warenik
Marketing and Communications Associate
National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy
1900 M Street, N.W., Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
202-466-2121 ext. 240

Learn more about the National Housing Conference and its research affiliate the Center for Housing Policy.

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