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Housing North Carolina's Workers To Be Focus of Housing Industry Conference

Press Contact Only:

Margaret Matrone, NCHFA, 919-877-5606, 

RALEIGH --From child care workers, to carpenter’s helpers, to veterinary technicians—workers in more than 150 job classifications cannot afford fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in North Carolina.  

National and state experts and an overflow crowd of more than 500 representatives of the state’s affordable housing industry will discuss the gap—and possible solutions—at Housing Forum 2003: “Housing North Carolina’s Workers,” Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Research Triangle Park. The day-long conference is sponsored by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.

Keynote speakers are

  • Conrad Egan, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference in Washington, D.C<., and executive director of the Congress-appointed Millennial Housing Commission, which recommended changes in national housing policy last year. Egan will discuss the latest research by his organization, as well as prospects for national housing initiatives.
  • David L. Pressly, Jr., a Statesville builder and former mayor, who will become president of the 205,000-member National Association of Home Builders in 2006.< Pressly is currently vice president/secretary of the national association. 

Highlights of the day-long conference include:

9:15 a.m. - David L. Pressly, Jr., “Housing North Carolina’s Workers”
9:45 a.m. - Conrad Egan, “America’s Working Families and the Housing Landscape”
12:30 p.m. - Housing North Carolina Awards. 
Winners include developments in Asheville, Charlotte, Gastonia, Morganton, Morrisville, Sanford and Tabor City, as well as developers in Raleigh and Greensboro.

11:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. - Workshops:  Topics range from “Strategies to Reach the African American Homebuyer” by Vada Hill, chief marketing officer with Fannie Mae to “ABC’s of Developing Rental Apartments Using Federal Tax Credits.” Details at

Click here to view the list of workers that cannot afford housing in North Carolina.

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