During the COVID-19 pandemic, unprecedented federal and state resources have enabled the conversion of motels and hotels into affordable and permanent supportive housing. Hotel conversions hold promise as a strategy to create housing more quickly and cost effectively than new construction, but challenges related to funding and community opposition remain.
On Wednesday, February 23, 2022, the Terner Center hosted a webinar that highlighted effective strategies and lessons learned from these approaches, as well as the policy changes that are needed to support the long-term success of conversion projects. Panelists explored how this body of work can inform the broader policy dialogue around affordable and permanent supportive housing.
Following a short presentation from the Terner Center on key findings from our recent paper, which was produced as part of the Housing Crisis Research Collaborative, a panel of experts offered their insights and experiences. Panelists include:
- Amy Anderson, Housing Affordability Philanthropy at Wells Fargo
- Matthew Mollica, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO)
- Christina Mun, City of Oakland
- Mary Tingerthal, Tingerthal Group (formerly with Minnesota Housing)
“Hotels to Affordable Housing: Strategies for Conversion from Across the Country” Slide Deck presented by Carolina Reid, Shazia Manji, and Hayden Rosenberg
“Hotels to Affordable Housing Strategies and Insights from NAEH Study” Slide Deck presented by Mary Tingerthal
We are pleased that this conversation is co-presented by the American Planning Association Housing & Community Development Division and is available for 1 CM credit.