Our can’t-miss conference sessions

Our Travois team is working hard to plan informative and interesting sessions for our 17th Annual Indian Country Housing & Economic Development Conference. Have you read our agenda yet? 

Our experts teach attendees about the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) programs. We break down the process, provide real-life examples, and explain each step to reach your final goal of new homes, businesses and services for your community.

Check out our can’t-miss sessions and join us in April in Austin:

Building Your Community: Affordable Housing

Bryan Schuler, Mike Price and Ashley Bland will provide an introduction to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program with specific focus on understanding the financial considerations and compliance requirements. Learn how your tribe can leverage tax credits to build your community, reduce waiting lists, improve energy efficiency, incorporate culturally appropriate design features and provide homes for your tribal members.

Interactive Design Charrette

Ashley Bland will go through inspiration photos and talk about how to dream big and apply those dreams to reality. We’ll examine a number of tribal affordable housing projects and talk about how the initial architectural design process informs the final output. Many experienced project developers will be in the room and can provide feedback on their experience utilizing tax credits to create efficient, beautiful and quality housing. This session will close with a discussion on project delivery methods.

The LIHTC Learning Curve: Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority Case Study

Executive Director Floyd Tortalita of the Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority (PAHA), along with Travois staff Casey Cline, Taylor Higgins and Trent Rogers, will explore PAHA’s first LIHTC project from conception to construction, including hurdles and successes we’ve experienced along the way. The competition in New Mexico is notoriously fierce — PAHA’s project was awarded in a funding round with a 30 percent success rate! Once construction is complete, the project, a modern architectural take on the historical pueblos, will bring 30 new units and a community building with an outdoor recreational space and other amenities to the community.

Advocating for Housing and Economic Development: Updates and Suggestions

Let’s do everything we can to promote access to affordable housing and economic development in Indian Country! State and federal agencies, officials and elected representatives need to hear directly from you about what your tribal community needs. Elizabeth Glynn and Phil Glynn will provide tips on how to get involved and why your participation matters. Our combined efforts will help ensure tribal projects are treated fairly when competing for scarce financing.

Building Your Community: Economic Development

Phil Glynn, Michael Bland and economic development industry leaders will cover the essential components of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, which can be used to finance health care facilities, government and administration buildings, manufacturing centers and other infrastructure, essential services and businesses.

Compliance Case Study with Pascua Yaqui

Mike Price, Crystal Banks-Mann and a panel of veteran developers and project partners will discuss the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s most recently completed LIHTC project, a new development of four five-plex buildings (20 units total) that provides housing for tribal elders on the reservation. The panel will explain compliance best practices, initial qualifying move-in approvals and investor certification, 8609s, final pay, construction and everything in between.

NMTC Case Study

Matthew Bland will discuss a recent economic development project with a panel of industry partners. He will describe the steps that were taken, the hurdles the tribe overcame, and the benefits of using New Markets Tax Credits for this highly impactful Indian Country project.

Climate Change: Challenges & Opportunities

In the last couple of years, we have worked expand our network in the world of climate change mitigation and adaptation finance by attending trainings and conferences. By attending these important discussions to learn more, and the more these networks merge, the quicker we can scale up the capital solutions required to implement the technologies that are already available today. Phil Glynn will lead this discussion on current events and funding strategies. We are committed to assisting our clients to a low-carbon future. 

Two for Two for TOKA: Navigating Multiple LIHTC Projects at Once

Alexandria Murnan and Crystal Banks-Mann will be joined by Pete Delgado, Executive Director for the Tohono O’odham Ki:Ki Association (TOKA), to discuss the housing authority’s two LIHTC projects. TOKA has worked tirelessly to create change in its community, including making repeat use of the LIHTC program in Arizona. The panel will walk through the steps of managing the lease-up of TOKA’s first LIHTC project (a 40-unit rehabilitation project) while applying for and closing its second LIHTC project (a 40-unit combination new construction and rehabilitation project).


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