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Past Webinar: Hotels to Affordable Housing: Strategies for Conversion from Across the Country

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)


More Resources:

“Hotels to Affordable Housing: Strategies for Conversion from Across the Country” Slide Deck presented by Carolina Reid, Shazia Manji, and Hayden Rosenberg

Addressing Homelessness Through Hotel Conversions — Terner Center

“Hotels to Affordable Housing Strategies and Insights from NAEH Study” Slide Deck presented by Mary Tingerthal

Hotels to Housing Case Studies — Mary Tingerthal for the National Alliance to End Homelessness


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.

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