Epperson and Carew Participating in Manufactured Housing Forum

The staff at Frontier Housing is eager to continuously increase their knowledge of manufactured housing. Executive Director, Stacey Epperson and Director of Community and Design, Tom Carew, will be participating in the Manufactured Housing Forum in Nashville, TN on October 3rd and 4th. The Fannie Mae Foundation will be sponsoring the event. This conference will provide an opportunity for local officials, lenders, affordable housing developers, and regulatory agencies to get up to date on today’s manufactured housing industry. The pros and cons of offering manufactured housing will be discussed during the forum. The Fannie Mae Foundation will offer an in-depth examination of two different approaches to affordable housing, Manufactured Home Parks or Manufactured Homes on Fee Simple Land. After the conference, Ms. Epperson and Mr. Carew will be even more prepared to understand the challenges and opportunities for Manufactured Housing communities, policy and regulatory work underway across the nation, and how manufactured housing can be “done right”. Frontier is committed to helping its customers and other non profits understand and appreciate manufactured housing, and this forum will sharpen their expertise. Be sure to check back for an update on Ms. Epperson’s and Mr. Carew’s experience in Nashville.

Manufactured Housing Forum
Downtown Sheraton Hotel, Nashville, TN

Tuesday October 3rd, 2006
11:30 a.m. Lunch

12:00 p.m. Welcome
Ellen Lazar, Fannie Mae Foundation

12:15 p.m. Opportunities and Challenges in Manufactured Housing
Facilitated by Joan Wilson, Fannie Mae Foundation
George McCarthy, Ford Foundation, and Chris Estes, North Carolina Housing Coalition, will provide the framework for the rest of our forum by answering common questions about manufactured housing and the past and future of the industry.

1:00 p.m. Humanizing the Population: Who are they?
Lance George, from the Housing Assistance Council, will present an analysis of demographic data to answer questions about who is living in and buys manufactured housing.

1:30 p.m. Remarks of Local Practitioners
In Morehead, Kentucky, Frontier Housing, led by Stacey Epperson, is advancing a local manufactured housing agenda. Stacey will share Frontier Housing’s experiences and the reactions of on-the-ground practitioners and advocates in the southeast region.

2:00 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Site Visits of Manufactured Housing “done right”
Hear comments from homeowners during a tour of local manufactured housing “done right”, guided by Frank Lattimer and Eddie Lattimer of Affordable Housing Resources.

5:30 p.m. Networking Reception
Participants are encouraged to take this free time to network with each other and enjoy dinner on their own in downtown Nashville.

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Recap of Day One

8:45 a.m. Housing Issues Facing Homeowners and Renters
Moderator: Jaimie Ross, 1000 Friends of Florida
Panel: Cheryl Sessions, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
Peter Skillern, CRA*NC
Skipper StipeMaas, Georgia Community Loan Fund

Topics: This panel of experts will breakdown the issues facing both owners and renters of manufactured housing including:
- Approach to abandoned homes
- Consumer protection policies
- Social Stigmas of Manufactured Housing

10:30 a.m. Federal and State Programs
Moderator: Cheryl Fitzgerald, Fannie Mae Foundation
Don Harris, Director of Housing Programs for USDA Rural Development and
Brenda Walker, Kentucky Housing Corporation,
will share how their agencies are making their programs work with manufactured housing.

11:30 a.m. Lunch
Speakers: Bill Purcell, Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee (Invited)
Peter Skillern, CRA*NC

1:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshops

Manufactured Home Parks

Moderator: Elaine Crutchfield, Consumer Resource Group
Panel: Cheryl Sessions, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
Carolyn Carter, National Consumer Law Center
Aaron Miripol, Mapleton Representative
- Appreciation Potential
- Achieving long-term stability
o Through public policy
o Through Community conversions
- Deepening sectoral change
- Meeting the needs of very low-income tenants
- Immigrant issues
- Financing
o Communities
Homes on Fee Simple Land

Moderator: Ellen Lazar, Fannie Mae Foundation
Panel: Tom Carew, Frontier Housing
Margaret Liu, Fannie Mae
Tony To, Homesite
- Consumer Union appreciation study
- New construction
o Site preparation
o Factor-direct housing
o Single-family financing
- Working with existing manufactured housing
o Single-family finance and refinancing

3:30 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. Plenary Q&A

4:15 p.m. Wrap-up