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Connecting at the San Francisco Training Institute

We’ll be adding new workshops and other opportunities to connect with fellow learners. So, check back regularly on the event platform and be on the lookout in San Francisco for sessions and fun activities to enhance your professional learning experience.

Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, Feb. 25 - 3 – 5 p.m.
Join us for a fun scavenger hunt and compete for prizes while getting acquainted with the venues. Stop by the East Lounge on Sunday to learn more about this activity. No need to pre-register for this activity, just show up.

Opening Plenary

Monday, Feb. 26- 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Join us for an exciting opening plenary to kick off the week. You’ll learn more about what’s in store at this event – and beyond. You’ll also get an overview of resources and personal development opportunities, and you’ll have a chance to connect with NeighborWorks Training staff. More details, topics, and speakers to come, so save the time slot! Lunch will be provided. 

Fill Our Street Neighborhood 

Monday, Feb. 26 - Friday, Mar. 1
Stop by the East Lounge on the Ballroom level of the Hilton Union Square to help us fill our Neighborhood.  This is an interactive activity for you to add your words of inspiration.

San Francisco Walking Challenge

Monday, Feb. 26 - Thursday, Feb. 29
Put your walking shoes on and explore the street of San Francisco on your own while getting your steps in and competing for prizes.  Start logging your steps Monday through Thursday.  The winner will be announced Friday. Be sure to sign up for the walking challenge on the event site. Pre-registration required.

Wellness at Work: Walking Through the Streets of San Francisco

Tuesday, Feb. 27 and Thursday, Feb. 29
6:40 - 7:30 a.m. | Main lobby of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Hi! I'm John Flanagan. I'm a native San Franciscan and still reside in Downtown San Francisco. I've been running since the late 90s and have done numerous triathlons and a couple of Ironmans. I'm happy to show you my beautiful city! The route includes: right out of the hotel to Market Street. Then, straight down Market Street to the Ferry Building and back. Sites along the way: Union Square, Cable Cars, Financial District, The Embarcadero, and the Ferry Building.

Grab your own meal and meet and greet with people from your region

Each region will have a designated location for NWO members to meet and socialize with other members from their region. Bring your own lunch and networking skills.

Northeast Region

  • New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Tuesday, Feb. 27 - 12 - 12:45 p.m.
Come meet your colleagues from the Northeast region (New England, NY, NJ, PA, DE, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands). Bring your lunch and network. How often do you say to someone – “Let’s meet up at the NTI,” and then you never do? Here is your chance. NeighborWorks staff of the region will be there to greet you. Hope you join us!

Southern Region

  • Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, Feb. 27 - 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Come meet and greet attendees from the Southern Region- Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, West  Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, 
Tennessee and Washington, DC! We hope to see you there!!

Western Region

  • Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Texas, Washington, Wyoming

Tuesday, Feb. 27 - 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Please join us for a celebratory Meet and Greet with the Western Region at the Training Institute! If you are from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming, come out and meet your peers, celebrate your organization’s successes, and share what’s on the horizon with the NeighborWorks America Western Region Team. We would love to meet you and celebrate the great work you do to create communities of opportunity throughout the Region.

Afternoon Workshops

Amplifying Our Voices: Strategies and Resources for Affordable Housing Advocacy

This workshop, National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), will delve into effective strategies for engaging with federal, state, and local elected officials to champion affordable housing initiatives. Attendees will discover how to craft compelling narratives that resonate with policymakers, combining the power of data and storytelling. The workshop will provide an in-depth look at NLIHC's Gap and Out of Reach data, shedding light on the alarming shortage of affordable homes and the profound impact of the affordability crisis on our lowest-income renters. Attendees will also learn how to harness this data to make a persuasive case for increased housing investments. The presentation will also provide an update about the current state of housing policy on Capitol Hill and guide advocates on how to get involved in ongoing federal advocacy efforts.
Presenter: Sidney Betancourt, National Low Income Housing Coalition

$5,000 Education Awards Available To Advance Your Career & Skillset with a Master’s Degree in Community Development or Public Administration at the Carsey School

Learn about two 100% online master's degrees in community development or public administration designed for working professionals. These practical and applied degrees can be completed in just 12-16 months. Expand your career options and grow your professional network while learning the practical skills to increase your community impact. Qualified employees and board members of NeighborWorks and NeighborWorks member organizations are eligible for up to $5,000 in Education Award tuition discounts. Attend to learn more about the curriculum, courses, schedule, student cohorts, education awards, and the Carsey School.
Presenter: Robin Husslage, Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH

HUD Afternoon Workshop: Our Continued Efforts and MORE...

Come and hear from HUD representatives' information and updates on the many exciting things happening at HUD, updates on the campaign and get many of your questions answered during the Q&A!
Presenter: Jerry Mayer, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Join Bank of America to Learn How to Help your Clients Make Homeownership a Reality

Join Bank of America to learn about the affordable solutions we offer housing counselors to assist clients in overcoming the barriers to homeownership. We will share a variety of resources made possible through our Community Homeownership Commitment program, including:
  • Low down payment options
  • Proprietary grant programs
  • Our special purpose credit program (available in select markets)
Together, we can help make homeownership a reality for modest income and underserved borrowers and communities.
Presenter: Danielle Taylor, Bank of America

The CounselorMax® and NeighborWorks Compass® Strategy

This session will give you an update on the strategy that NeighborWorks America is undertaking to create a premier client management system for our network and the housing counseling industry. It will cover our current system, CounselorMax, and how it is surviving and will highlight our latest work and milestones to strive and ultimately thrive as the client management system of the future. Our current and future customers will also have the opportunity to engage with the NeighborWorks Compass and CounselorMax leadership team during a live Q&A session.
Presenters: Symone Deserae Barnes, Kevin Prophet, Sr., NeighborWorks America

Realizing and Keeping the American Dream: Exceptional Homebuyer Resources

This afternoon workshop will provide you with additional ways to support your organization's efforts to deliver effective pre and post purchase education to your clients and your communities through discussions and demonstrations. See you there!

HUD Housing Counseling Handbook: What's New and How it Affects You!

In this workshop, HUD will use the NEW Handbook to review how HCAs should update their workplans, procedures, amend tools and prepare for performance reviews.

Presenter: Tracie Oaks-Ross, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Supporting Houseless and Formerly Houseless People in our Communities - Roundtable Dialogue

More affordable housing developers are building permanent supportive housing developments to support the growing number of people and families who are houseless and have high needs. Resources and financing are prioritizing development of supportive housing for people with high needs, but often, costs are outstripping incomes for these properties. Come join a peer dialogue on how organizations are meeting these growing needs and the impacts on organizations who are stepping up to address the crisis – from staffing, resident services, insurance and asset management.

How Does Measuring Community Impact Strengthen Our Organization? (NeighborWorks Network Only)

Can efforts to measure community impact strengthen the work of the organization? How? NeighborWorks Community Impact Measurement project (CIM) is explicitly focused on strengthening local comprehensive community development efforts while contributing to the organization's connection to residents, responsiveness to on-the-ground realities and ability to engage other stakeholders and partners. Come hear from NWOs who are currently using their most recent CIM round activities and data to gauge progress, engage residents and strengthen their organization's work in a variety of important ways.
Presenter: Brooke Finn, NeighborWorks America
Organizer: Calece Johnson
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