Office Hours: Focus on Fair Housing
You'll learn about:
The fundamentals of Fair Housing,
The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule,
Strategies for integrating fair housing into other local and regional planning initiatives, and
Capacity building in fair housing and social equity.
This is a facilitated discussion of four fair housing topic areas with the express purpose of allowing participants to learn about one or more fair housing topics they find interesting or challenging. The room will be divided into four groups, e.g., in a discussion center arrangement as one would have in an open house meeting, one for each of the following topic areas: regional assessments; linking plans; data and strategy development; and AFFH rule basics. Each group will be led by facilitators with specific expertise in the topic. Facilitators include HUD trainers, practitioners, fair housing consultants, and community planners who can offer practical and expert advice on how to approach fair housing planning under the new AFFH rule.
, Abt Associates
Confirmed SpeakerMadeline Colety, AICP is a housing and community development planner with over 20 years of experience working with HUD programs, covering topics such as fair housing, strategic planning, program administration and compliance. She has extensive experience with regulatory and fiscal compliance and implementation of CDBG-funded programs, cross-cutting regulations, and consolidated planning. Currently, Ms. Colety works at Abt Associates and provides technical assistance to grantees under HUD’s Community Compass technical assistance initiative. She oversees Abt’s fair housing technical assistance and training team and led development of HUD’s flagship fair housing training: Creating Opportunity in Every Community: A Practical Guide to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. Ms. Colety is lead content developer for “Explore CDBG,” a series of online technical resources posted on the HUD Exchange. She led the development of HUD’s Maximizing Investment Toolkit which helps grantees use the consolidated planning process to leverage resources and design effective investment strategies. Additionally, Ms. Colety provides direct technical assistance to HUD grantees on fair housing and planning topics. Ms. Colety previously worked at Community Opportunities Group, Inc. and for the City of Philadelphia where she gained broad experience in community development, housing and planning. She has managed CDBG programs funded through Small Cities and Entitlement grants, developed community development and housing strategies for local governments, and led development of municipal master plans.
, Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation
Confirmed SpeakerJudi Barrett, Director of Economic Development for the Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation and principal of Barrett Planning Group LLC, has 30 years of experience in planning, zoning, housing and community development. She has prepared numerous comprehensive plans, neighborhood revitalization plans, zoning ordinances and bylaws, and housing plans, and is highly respected for her work in socioeconomic and fiscal impact analysis. In addition, she assists local boards with the permitting process for affordable housing as a Mass. Housing Partnership (MHP) Chapter 40B Technical Assistance Consultant. Ms. Barrett is a frequent panelist at professional conferences, a guest lecturer for planning courses, a trainer for the Massachusetts Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC), and an AICP exam prep course instructor. She previously served as municipal services director at RKG Associates, Inc., and planning director at Community Opportunities Group, Inc., in Boston; CDBG Program Director at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD); and Community Development Director for the Town of Plymouth, MA. Ms. Barrett holds an A.B. from Harvard and has completed graduate courses in planning, community development, and immigration studies at Tufts, Harvard, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
, BBC Research & Consulting
Confirmed SpeakerHeidi Aggeler is a Managing Director of BBC and directs the firm's housing and human services practice areas. Ms. Aggeler's practice focuses on assessments of fair housing, workforce and affordable housing demand analyses, and human service needs assessments. Recent fair housing studies include a statewide Analysis of Fair Housing Choice for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) and development of housing and community equity models for the City of Austin and the Housing-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). Ms. Aggeler was an advisor to Abt Associates and HUD in development of the new Assessment of Fair Housing analysis tool. Prior to joining BBC, she conducted economic research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and fair lending exams for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
, International Development and Planning
, Silver Spring
Confirmed SpeakerJeffrey Paul May is a national expert on fair housing planning and affordable housing. He is the principal of International Development and Planning, LLC. A minority-owned consulting firm that specializes in assisting: government agencies, nonprofits, and private clients with plans, studies, analyses, and strategies to develop and preserve community and economic development investments. From 2008 to 2015, Mr. May has served as the Assistant Director of National Neighbors (NN), a program of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. His responsibilities were to provide oversight of all NN’s education, planning, compliance and enforcement activities occurring across the United States of America. In his previous post, he was the Project Director of the Fair Housing Program for DB Consulting Group, Inc. DB Consulting Group, Inc. is a minority-owned firm that provides support and technical assistance to federal agencies. Mr. May managed the firm’s fair housing investigation, research, planning, enforcement, and education activities throughout the country. Prior to joining DB Consulting Group, Inc., he was the Municipal Services Consultant at Iconographx, Inc. His responsibilities were to provide clients with technical assistance, census data mapping and analysis services on affordable housing, fair housing, and urban and regional planning projects. Before joining Iconographx, Inc. he served as the Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), a private non-profit organization established to address and eradicate housing discrimination throughout the state of Louisiana. Mr. May previously was the Member Services Director at the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), an umbrella national civil rights organization made up of over eighty fair housing organizations across the country. His responsibilities were to provide technical assistance and support for investigation, education and administrative activities to all member organizations. Before NFHA, he was the Coordinator of Investigations at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC). At GNOFHAC, he conducted investigations and education trainings. Prior to working in fair housing, he was a case manager for Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority’s Supportive Housing program that served homeless individuals with substance abuse and mental health diagnoses. Mr. May has conducted quantitative and qualitative data analyses for local, regional and national projects over the past ten years. Data collection tools utilized by Mr. May included interviews, focus groups, and surveys. He has applied statistical techniques such as descriptive statistics, regression and geographic data analysis on a variety of community and economic development projects. He is adept in the use of statistical and data analysis packages including SPSS, HMDAWare, ArcView GIS and Maptitutde. In the past nineteen years of employment, Mr. May has received extensive training as a testing coordinator from the National Fair Housing Alliance and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in rental, real estate sales, homeowner’s insurance and mortgage lending investigations. He holds a B.A. in Sociology and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning. He was a member of the Fannie Mae Housing Impact Advisory Council, and the National Fair Housing Alliance’s Board of Directors.
, Town of Arlington
Confirmed SpeakerJennifer Raitt serves as Director of Planning and Community Development for the Town of Arlington. She is an accomplished housing, community development, and planning professional who teaches, mentors, facilitates, and leads groups to success. With over 20 years of experience, she has worked for local and regional jurisdictions and served on local, regional, statewide, and national boards and commissions throughout her career. Prior to joining the Town of Arlington, Ms. Raitt oversaw the Metropolitan Area Planning Council's local and regional housing activities, including advising local and state officials on housing policy and programs. She provided technical assistance to local officials and other allied organizations to address a range of local needs and planning issues. While there she also served as Assistant Director for Land Use Planning, overseeing staff advancing housing, land use, economic development, zoning, and other local and regional projects. She also advanced the work of MAPC's eight subregional councils by overseeing the eight subregional coordinators and their respective efforts. Prior to joining MAPC, Ms. Raitt served as Executive Director for North Shore Housing Trust (now Harborlight Community Partners) where she developed affordable housing throughout Essex County and advanced local and regional affordable housing initiatives. She also worked as Community Development Director for the Town of Amesbury and as an AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader for a community land trust in Holyoke, MA. Ms. Raitt has earned many awards: the American Planning Association (APA) MA Chapter Social Advocacy Award (2015); Massachusetts Municipal Association Kenneth Pickard Innovation Award (2012); APA MA Chapter Statewide Planning Project Award (2011); MetroWest Collaborative Regional Spirit Award (2010); APA Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to Housing and Community Development (2004-2010); City of Salem, MA Dedicated Service to Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board of Trustees (2009); MA Governor's Award for Smart Growth Leadership and Implementation (2004); APA Outstanding Planning Project Award (2004); U.S. Conference of Mayors Best Practices Citation (1999). Education and Professional Affiliations Ms. Raitt holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from The New School and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning and Documentary Studies from University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds certifications in facilitative leadership from the Interaction Institute for Social Change and is a certified mediator through the Massachusetts Attorney General Office of Consumer Affairs. Her leadership appointments include serving as a board member of Citizens' Housing and Planning Association and member of the APA Legislative and Policy Committee. Ms. Raitt also serves on the MA Municipal Association Municipal and Regional Policy Committee. Ms. Raitt is also an adjunct professor in the Boston University City Planning and Urban Affairs Program. Areas of Expertise Comprehensive planning l zoning for housing affordability l housing plans l affordable housing development and finance l organizational planning l board development l project management l neighborhood revitalization and community development techniques l community visioning/ meeting techniques l conflict resolution and mediation.
, City of Philadelphia, Office of Planning and Development
Confirmed SpeakerCatherine Califano is the First Deputy Director for the newly created Office of Planning and Development. In this role she supports long term organization planning and strategic initiatives between and among various city agencies and divisions within Planning and Development. She has been spearheaded the local Division of Housing and Community Development's effort to prepare and produce Philadelphia Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing plan under the new guidance. Catherine recently returned to Philadelphia city government after nine years in the policy, research and program design field as the Deputy Director of Policy Solutions at the Reinvestment Fund.