About 140 attendees braved single-digit temps to attend the First Friday Breakfast on affordable housing on Jan. 6, 2017. Panelists for the event included:
- Albus Brooks, Denver City Council President, District 9 Representative
- Pat Coyle, Deputy Executive Director, Colorado Department of Local Affairs
- Steven Johnson, Director of Community Development, Colorado Housing Finance Authority
- Mike Zoellner, President and Chief Operating Officer, RedPeak Apartments
The panelists addressed a wide range of issues, including:
- Current status of affordable housing policies in metro Denver
- Issues that can be addressed with $150 million in Denver
- Barriers that remain, such as construction defects
- Role of local governments and state government in addressing affordable housing
- Impact of affordable housing on economic development
- Potential impact of national policies on local priorities
The panel was moderated by Todd Ely, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center on Local Government at the School of Public Affairs, CU Denver.
Photos from the event are in the slideshow below, and a sample of Tweets posted during the event can be viewed at the bottom of this post.
A video recording is available on the School of Public Affairs YouTube playlist.
A sample of Tweets posted during the event: