Illinois News

Housing Summit set for Oakley-Lindsay Center

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 6, 2018 9:05 am

QUINCY -- Housing issues facing communities in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa will be the focus of the 2018 Tri-State Housing Summit from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Oakley-Lindsay Center.

Some of the topics to be addressed include the link between housing and health, the trend to build "tiny homes," and the potential for having prison inmates build affordable homes.

The Housing Summit is organized by the North East Community Action Corp. based in Bowling Green, Mo. The Tri-State Development Summit also co-hosts the event along with the Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials based in Quincy; the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission based in Burlington, Iowa; and the NeighborWorks America organization of Washington, D.C.

Carla Potts, NECAC's deputy director for housing development, said the Housing Summit has been held annually since 2005 as a way to share information with stakeholders interested in regional housing issues.

"I think the Housing Summit is very important to bring city and county leaders together with developers and real estate people and bankers to look at what we have done in the tri-state area and what we can do in the future," Potts said.

The summit will begin with a welcome by former Quincy Mayor Chuck Scholz. Then representatives from NECAC, the Two Rivers Regional Council and Southeast Iowa Regional Planning will discuss housing-related activities in their respective areas.

Other presentations and times will include:

º 9:30 a.m.: Dan Clark, director of Iowa Prison Industries, will discuss work that's been done on Iowa's prison homes program.

º 9:50 a.m.: Bob Reeder, program officer with Rural Local Initiatives Support Corp., will talk about the new national emphasis on healthy homes.

º 10:10 a.m.: Ron Tierney, coordinator of the Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program, will discuss tiny homes and prisoner-built homes.

º 10:50 a.m.: Maureen Kahn, president and CEO of Blessing Hospital, will talk about the link between housing and health.

º 11:10 a.m.: Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development for the city of Quincy, will discuss some of the city's efforts involving apartments and rehab projects.

º 11:30 a.m.: Elizabeth Hollins, senior director of NeighborWorks America's Midwest region, will talk about the agency's work and its partnership with NECAC.

For more information, call 573-324-6622.

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