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ANHD 2020 Conference Update

The conference committee is currently evaluating all options for ANHD 2020 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). We hope to have updates soon – we are monitoring events and options and will update everyone as soon as possible.

Thank you for understanding and patience at this time, and please be safe!



ANHD's 2020 Annual Community Development Conference will be Friday, April 17, 2020 at the Grand Hyatt New York on Park Avenue.

At ANHD, our mission is focused on building community power to advocate for affordable housing, build thriving communities, and create equitable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers. ANHD has been a significant thought-leader and critical advocacy organization impacting over 450,000 low- and middle-income New Yorkers annually. We are continually focused on serving the underserved and leading conversations to ensure a more just, equitable New York.

As part of our mission, we have assembled advocates and experts from across the community development and affordable housing industries to create an outstanding full-day conference to tackle timely policy issues and provide workshops sessions for 550 - 600 attendees.

This year marks our 10th anniversary of our Community Development Conference, and as preparations, we are excited to be able to introduce ANHD’s new Executive Director, Barika Williams, at this year’s event. As the first person of color to lead our citywide housing and economic development organization in nearly 40 years, Barika will be incorporating her vision and priorities at this year’s event.

Meet Our Keynote Speaker

NYS Dept. of Financial Services Superintendent

Linda A. Lacewell

Linda A. Lacewell currently serves as Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services. Ms. Lacewell previously served as Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Governor. In that role, she oversaw Executive Chamber operations, as well as ethics and law enforcement matters.

Prior to that position, Ms. Lacewell was executive director of a cancer foundation initiative in Culver City, California. Prior to that, Ms. Lacewell served as Chief Risk Officer and Counselor to Governor Cuomo where she built and implemented the first statewide system for ethics, risk and compliance in agencies and authorities.

Ms. Lacewell was formerly special counsel to the Governor, as well as the architect of OpenNY, a state-of-the-art open data initiative. She also served as special counsel to Attorney General Cuomo, where she oversaw the public pension fund pay-to-play investigation and the out-of-network health insurance investigation, both of which led to nationwide systemic reform. Prior to that, Ms. Lacewell spent nine years as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, including two years on the Enron Task Force, and received the Henry L. Stimson Medal and the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service.

Ms. Lacewell earned her B.A. from New College of the University of South Florida and her J.D. with honors from the University of Miami School of Law. She clerked for a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida. Ms. Lacewell serves as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, teaching ethics in government, and previously served as an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University School of Law, teaching international criminal law.

Become a Sponsor and Help ANHD #BuildCommunityPower!

For-Profit Corporate Sponsorship Levels are available for every budget from $3,000 to $25,000 with exciting new add in opportunities to increase visibility or engagement. Your generous sponsorship support not only helps us offset the cost of our conference, but also allows us to grow our work and impact. We hope you will consider supporting ANHD this year at our 10th Annual Community Development Conference.

Please take a look at our Sponsorship Opportunities Form and if you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Lauren Nye.

ANHD Members & Other Attendees Register Here!


Add to Calendar 2020-04-17 12:30:00 2020-04-17 21:00:00 America/New_York Grand Hyatt New York 109 E 42nd St New York, NY 10017


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Grand Hyatt New York
109 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017

Sessions for the Day

Tenative Schedule

8:00 AM - Registration Opens and VIP Breakfast Reception

9:00 AM - Program Begins with Keynote Address, Workshops, Plenary, & Awards Presentation

Workshop Track 1 - Morning Track (10:30 - 12:00 PM)

  • Flip the Script: How Communities Can Claim Power & Advance Their Own Land Use Plans
  • Whose Money? Our Money! What’s Next for CRA Reform?
  • Shifting Territory: What’s Changed on the Ground Post-Rent Reform?
  • How Does Speculation Impact Commercial Tenants?

Workshop Track 2 - Afternoon Track (2:30 - 4:00 PM)

  • Fight for the Right of First Refusal: Setting a Precedent for Non-Profit Developers
  • Expanding Our Base, Expanding Our Power: Homeowners & Unregulated Tenants in the Affordable Housing Movement
  • Fighting for the Future: Citywide Approaches for Equitable Development

4:00 PM - Cocktail Networking Reception

Check back for more updates on sessions and speakers for the day! 

Additional Detail on Confirmed Workshop Sessions:

Flip the Script: How Communities Can Claim Power & Advance Their Own Land Use Plans

Training / Discussion

...And it's NOT a 197A Plan! For too long, the playbook for community planning in New York City has been the same: after years of work from dedicated residents and organizations, the City either ignores community plans or co-opts them for their own – vastly different – rezonings. While community plans languish, the de Blasio administration pursues rezonings that fuel displacement in low-income communities of color - or works with private developers to advance ever larger and larger plans. It’s time for communities to flip the script and strike a new path in moving their plans forward. This training and discussion will lay out the mechanisms, possibilities, and challenges of communities submitting their own rezoning applications, including examples of work groups are doing now to move their own plans forward and reclaim a community’s rightful place in the planning process.

Whose Money, Our Money! What's Next for CRA Reform?

Panel with Q & A

Earlier this year, two of the three federal regulators - the OCC and FDIC - introduced a Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) reform proposal that was widely denounced by advocates, community members, public and elected officials, and banks for its unnecessary complexity and harmful impact on the very communities the CRA was designed to benefit. In this panel, we'll unpack what happened during the short comment period, explore what it all means for New York City, and discuss the next steps for CRA reform. We will specifically explore ways communities that will be directly impacted by these proposed reforms can fight back and strengthen protections here in the city and across New York State.

Shifting Territory: What’s Changed on the Ground Post-Rent Reform?

​World Café

With the passage of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA) last June, the New York housing movement won the strongest tenant protections our state has seen in decades. As soon as rent reform passed in Albany, owners threatened to let buildings fall into disrepair and warehouse apartments. But as of last November, eviction cases were down 46 percent from the prior year. It’s clear that the HSTPA has changed the game. In this workshop advocates, organizers, tenants, lenders, government agency officials, and other stakeholders will come together to reflect on this new context. Through this “World Cafe” style workshop, participants will learn from each others’ experiences and observations, and will leave with a collective understanding of how rent reform has impacted the lives of tenants, the political landscape, and the New York State housing movement. How has landlord behavior changed? What impact have the new rent laws had on tenant harassment, housing speculation, and displacement? How have advocates, lenders, and organizers shifted their approach?

How Does Speculation Impact Commercial Tenants?

Panel with Q & A

We often think of housing when we discuss the impact of speculation and gentrification on New York’s neighborhoods. But along with residents, many businesses are also impacted – and their neighbors feel those impacts in a variety of ways, whether through the loss of jobs, culturally relevant goods and services, or community landmarks. In this panel, we’ll discuss the impacts of rent increases, land use changes, and predatory lending on commercial tenants and discuss strategies to combat speculation.

Fight for the Right of First Refusal: Setting a Precedent for Non-Profit Developers

Panel with Q & A

The affordable housing movement is clear - affordability should mean permanent affordability. Mission-driven, non-profit developers' ability to provide permanent affordability is under threat from for-profit investors in LIHTC, one of the most common affordable housing financing tools. Over the past several years, investors have attempted to take away this right from non-profits to gain the full market value of these buildings. A timely federal case, RiseBoro v. SunAmerica, will determine the fate of mission-driven non-profit developers right of first refusal. In this panel, we will explore what the outcome of this case means for non-profit developers and tenants across the nation, and how the community development movement can get involved to preserve expiring affordable housing in the future.

Expanding Our Base, Expanding Our Power: Homeowners & Unregulated Tenants in the Affordable Housing Movement
Panel with Q & A

Our movement won extraordinary victories in 2019, especially for rent stabilized tenants. But we still have a long way to go to ensure safe, decent, affordable housing for all. Unregulated renters and low- and moderate-income homeowners must be central to building a bigger and more powerful movement in New York City. We'll explore policy solutions to help protect affordability for homeowners and unregulated renters, and discuss strategies for solidarity and collaboration to build the power to win ever-larger fights.

Fighting for the Future: Citywide Approaches for Equitable Development
Panel with Q & A

New York is at a turning point. Faced with some of the largest developments and rezonings in the city’s history, New Yorkers fought back – and won. After a decade of fighting back, how do we proactively win what our communities want and need? In taking control of our neighborhoods and city, what tools exist to help communities shape the futures of their neighborhoods, before the threat of a rezoning or a top-down development plan? How do we ensure that communities are not only part of the planning process, but leading it? What have we learned from neighborhood victories and how do we apply this knowledge to win citywide change? This panel will explore the successes and failures of traditional and new ideas for equitable development, including community benefit agreements, value capture, community-led rezonings, and citywide policy campaigns.