Carver County CDA’s Housing Forum brings community partners together

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Donna Hanbery, Hanbery & Turner

Friday, January 8th was a beautiful, snowy morning and a great day to be at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. This was the site of Carver County CDA’s 2016 Housing Forum. Participants were greeted by the beautiful site and a warm breakfast as they listened to the latest information on housing issues that impact Carver County.

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Terri Smith, Metro HRA

The audience was comprised of landlords, elected officials, city staff and other interested community partners. The information presented covered a broad scope of interest. Speakers and topics covered included:

  • Terri Smith, the Manager of the Metropolitan Council HRA, who explained the Housing Choice Voucher Program
  • Sue Watlov Phillips, Executive Director of MICAH, presented a segment titled “Housing Opportunities for All: Strengthens Our Communities”
  • Donna Hanbery, Managing Partner of Hanbery and Turner, put into plain words the issues surrounding fair housing and its effects on landlords and communities
  • Tim Thompson, the President of the Housing Justice Center (HJC), introduced the Minnesota Challenge Project
  • Chip Halbach, founder and Executive Director of the Minnesota Housing Partnership, explained the Home Grown Initiative, an innovative idea for funding the creation of affordable housing
  • And lastly, Allison Streich, Deputy Director for the Caver County CDA, presented CDA Housing Opportunities & Special Programs
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Tim Thompson, Housing Justice Center

Ms. Streich ended the morning by thanking the attendees and presenters and reiterated the CDA’s continued partnership in furthering the mission of affordable housing opportunities for all residents of Carver County.

For more information on the Housing Forum topics or presenters, please contact Brenda Lano at 952-556-2782 or at

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