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Wednesday, 09.03 - Friday, 09.05

Cross-Currents: Art + Ag Powering Rural Economies

Joing the National Rural Assembly and Art-Force Inc. an other rural practitioners and leaders across the Southeast for 3 days of dialogue, workshops, and exploration of how partnerships between the creative arts and agriculture are producing innovative strategies for economic development and well being in rural communities. 

Proximity Hotel. Greensboro, NC

Thursday, 09.11


Can't make it to DC for the National Housing Conference's Veterans Housing Convening on September 11? Don't worry! We'll webcast the event live, so you can still join us. Use the link below to register free for the webcast and join housing advocates, policymakers and affordable housing developers to learn about solutions for veterans housing and what strategies are needed to best implement them.

The agenda will include panels on:

  • The Housing Challenges of America's Veterans
    Understanding the extent of veterans' housing needs is critical to framing the policy discussion and developing effective solutions. This panel will present the latest data on the socioeconomic characteristics and housing affordability challenges of the veteran populations with discussion around specific veteran subgroups including low-income veterans, post 9-11 veterans, female veterans with children, older veterans, and veterans living in rural areas.
  • Matching Housing to Veterans' Needs
    The diverse needs of at-risk veterans call for an array of housing solutions. Speakers will discuss the benefits of permanent supportive housing for veterans as well as other housing models. How can a community know which approach is the right fit for its veterans? The panel will also consider the role of veteran-specific housing in comparison with non-exclusive developments with services for veterans and others.
  • Communicating the Value of Veterans Housing
    Public opinion polls often show widespread support for general measures to help military veterans access homes they can afford. But when it comes to specific development proposals, NIMBY sentiment can sometimes get in the way. At the same time, housing providers can have a tough time finding veteran tenants or owners once development is complete. This panel will explore challenges faced in communicating about veterans housing issues and provide expert advice on communicating the value of affordable veteran housing to key audiences like community members, policy makers and veterans themselves. The session will offer a preview of the forthcoming NHC Veterans Housing Communications Toolkit and gather audience input to be incorporated into the final product.
  • Policy Action for Veterans Rental Housing
    This working session will bring together initial and new members of NHC's Veterans Rental Housing Working Group (including new folks who just want to hear more). We will have a brief discussion of how the group's earlier recommendations came together, hear updates on what policy change has happened and what still needs work, and begin to chart a path forward for veterans' rental housing.


(All day)
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Wednesday, 09.17 - Friday, 09.19


Every two years, The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) hosts an Assets Learning Conference (ALC), which is THE EVENT to attend if you care about advancing family economic success!  The ALC gathers more than 1,200 participants from community groups, nonprofit organizations, foundations, corporations, businesses, financial and educational institutions and government to learn how others across the country are helping low-income families and communities build assets and financial success.
This year's ALC will take place September 17-19 in Washington, DC.  Once again, CFED has partnered with us to grant a special $150 discount off the full registration price to members of the RuFES Action Network!  (See details below.)

Even better – This year, we’ve put together a session specifically focused on rural family economic success! Joining us to present on rural business asset building are Cheryl Peterson from Darien, Georgia; Ines Polonius from Pine Bluff, Arkansas; and Amanda Blondeau from Marquette, Michigan.  We'll be there too, live Tweeting the event and scouting for RuFES Action deas and stories to share with the network. (Be sure to follow us on Twitter if you haven’t already!) 

Read on to find out how to apply the RuFES discount to your conference registration!

Register Now and Get the RuFES Network Discount!

In recognition of the unique and critical perspective offered by RuFES Action Network members to the ALC, network members like you can receive a discount if you register with a RuFES code.

Ordinarily the full conference fee is $750 for those who register after June 27. However, with the RuFES discount, the registration fee for the ALC is $600.

If you and/or your colleagues are interested in registering for this year's conference, simply complete this online form and we will immediately e-mail you the registration discount code.

For a sneak peak of what and who to expect at this year's conference, check out CFED's blogNote: CFED is still finalizing significant portions of the agenda.


(All day)
Washington, DC

Friday, 09.19

WAYNE — The nation's third LGBT Rural Summit is set for Sept. 19 at Wayne State College in northeast Nebraska.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights will host the summit in partnership with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, The True Colors Fund and the college.

Discussion topics will include life in rural America for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and the future of the LGBT movement.

The luncheon speaker will be Michael Barth, who will discuss gender stereotypes. The summit is set to run 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Gardner Business Building.

More, contact or 202-720-3808.


(All day)
Wayne State College

Wednesday, 09.24

Identifying tangible funding sources for any development project can be a large undertaking. Join the Housing Assistance Council to hear directly from senior loan fund staff on how HAC’s loan funds can be used in your affordable housing development project. This webinar will provide specific examples of how HAC loan products can be used in affordable housing deals, as well as information and details on best practices of application submission, along with varied examples of how HAC loan products interact with other funding sources. Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain direct guidance from HAC’s senior loan fund staff. Register Now… Join HAC for the “Making it Work: Creative Ways to Utilize HAC Loan Products in Your Affordable Housing Development” webinar!