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Getting Affordable Homeownership Right: Strategies to Support Success

September 24, 2010 10:15 am – 11:45 am

Room: Virginia C

NeighborWorks America Sponsor

This session is sponsored by NeighborWorks America.

Homeownership has always been one of the most important means by which low-income and minority households can build wealth, but as we know all too well from recent years, homeownership is by no means a risk-free proposition. However, with the right homeownership counseling, a safe and affordable mortgage, and a quality affordable home, low-income homebuyers can be successful. In this session, you will learn about different strategies that can support successful homeownership outcomes for homebuyers, including IDAs and manufactured housing.


  • Marietta Rodriguez, NeighborWorks America - Moderator
    Marietta Rodriguez is the national director of NeighborWorks® America’s Homeownership Programs and Lending. Marietta leads the national homeownership effort for the NeighborWorks network, which includes foreclosure prevention through the NeighborWorks® Center for Foreclosure Solutions, residential lending, and community development financial institutions (CDFIs) development. Formerly as a homeownership specialist, Marietta’s work focused on the development and design of the national Section 8 homeownership program. Marietta also has specialized experience in assisting organizations in homeownership programming and partnership development. Prior to joining NeighborWorks® America, Marietta was the Director of Training and Community Relations for Neighborhood Housing Services of Santa Fe where she was responsible for their pre- and post-purchase home buyer education program in four rural counties in northern New Mexico. Marietta has a BA in International Relations and Spanish from Lake Forest College.
  • Stacey Epperson, Frontier Housing National LLC (Innovator-in-Residence)
    Stacey Epperson is president of Frontier Housing National. She is a native of rural Kentucky and has lived in Kentucky and worked in affordable housing her entire career. She has recently assumed leadership of the first national network of nonprofit homebuilders using factory built homes through Frontier National’s strategic alliance with Clayton Homes, the leading home builder in the nation. This unprecedented public-private partnership creates a new market dynamic that makes it easier for nonprofits to fulfill their mission and for more low-income families to achieve homeownership. This new venture has evolved from her service of nine years as President and CEO for Frontier Housing, a nonprofit committed to providing affordable housing choices for families living in the rural northeastern part of Kentucky. In 2009, Stacey was named one of CFED’s Innovators-in-Residence, strong leaders who will take their proven ideas for economic and social improvement to scale nationally. Stacey has completed the Achieving Excellence in Community Development Program at Harvard’s JFK School of Government. She received a Masters of Public Administration at Western Kentucky University and attended the University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.
  • Sheila Rice, NeighborWorks Montana
    Sheila Rice has been the executive director of NeighborWorks Great Falls and NeighborWorks Montana since 2003. In 2007, she completed the NeighborWorks America Achieving Excellence Program at Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Sheila has served on several national committees, including the Board of Directors of the National NeighborWorks Association and the Fannie Mae National Advisory Committee. She is currently a member of the Montana Board of Housing. Prior to joining NWGF and MHN, she was a senior officer of ENERGY WEST, a natural gas utility and energy marketing firm located in Great Falls. Sheila is a graduate of Great Falls Central High School, holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Montana and an MBA from the University of Montana. She served in the Montana House of Representatives in 1991 and 1993 legislative sessions and was a member of the Montana Redistricting Commission in 2000.
  • Kasey Wiedrich, CFED
    Kasey Wiedrich is a program manager in applied research and innovation at CFED. Her work focuses on the I'M HOME initiative as well as research on asset building and financial security. Prior to joining CFED, Kasey worked for the City of New York as a policy analyst for the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and a research assistant at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. While in graduate school, she conducted research on factors associated with uptake and knowledge of the EITC. She also worked with Public/Private Ventures labor market initiatives evaluating workforce development programs in New York City. Before attending graduate school, Kasey managed Lenders for Community Development's IDA program, the Assets for All Alliance. Kasey holds a B.A. in sociology/anthropology from Carleton College and an M.P.A from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service.


Stacey Epperson - pdf presentation

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