An engaged Alaskan democracy

The Housing Continuum: Building A Vibrant Community

Mondays, March 4, March 18, and April 1
Anchorage Museum Auditorium

  • Please scroll down for links to the video and slides from all these events.
  • Thank you to all our panelists, moderators, partners, and sponsors. You can find them listed here.

Anchorage faces a shortage of diverse housing options that are affordable for many of its residents. Ensuring citizens of all income levels, abilities, and phases of life have access to safe, quality, and affordable housing is critical to achieving a vibrant, economically thriving city that residents desire to live in for the long-term. Alaska Common Ground hosted a 3-part series and discussed the latest findings on Anchorage’s housing needs—for today and the future—with a focus on workforce, senior, supportive, and low-income housing.

March 4 – The Current Supply & Demand

We discussed the latest findings on Anchorage’s housing needs—for today and the future—with a focus on workforce, millennials, senior, supportive, and low-income housing. Listen to the audio here.

Moderated by Thea Agnew Bemben of Agnew::Beck

  • Carol Gore, Cook Inlet Housing Authority – Slides
  • Janelle Pfleiger, RE/MAX Dynamic Properties – Slides
  • Jasmine Khan, Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness – Slides
  • Mark Romick, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation- Slides
  • Moira Gallagher, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation – Slides

March 18 – Housing Supply: What are the Barriers?

We learned about the current challenges to addressing Anchorage’s priority housing needs. Listen to the audio from KSKA here.

Moderated by Thea Agnew Bemben of Agnew::Beck

  • Shanna Zuspan, Agnew::Beck – Slides
  • Tyler Robinson, Cook Inlet Housing Authority – Slides
  • Michelle McNulty, Municipality of Anchorage – Slides
  • Tim Potter, DOWL
  • Greg Cerbana, Weidner Apartment Homes – Slides

March 18th event was recorded in three segments you can find below.

  • The first includes our welcome, Thea’s introduction, and the start of Shanna Zuspan’s presentation (and is unfortunately sideways!).
  • The second includes the rest of Shanna’s presentation through Tim Potter’s presentation.
  • The third segment is Greg Cerbana’s presentation.

April 1 – Opportunities & Solutions

We discussed what policies and efforts are already underway, or are needed, to address priority areas as well as ways community members can get involved.

Moderated by Tanya Iden of Agnew::Beck

  • Robin Ward, Municipality of Anchorage – Slides
  • Chris Schutte, Municipality of Anchorage – Slides
  • Bryan Butcher, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation – Slides
  • John Weddleton, Anchorage Assembly – Slides
  • Dick Mandsager, Rasmuson Foundation – Slides

Resources for more information:

The mortgage interest deduction is the largest housing tax subsidy in the U.S. and more than HUD’s total department budget.

Matthew Desmond, article in the Atlantic
https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/05/shame-mortgage-interest-deduction/526635/

538.com, economics of the mortgage interest deduction as a tax incentive
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-tax-deductions-economists-hate/

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities piece
https://www.cbpp.org/research/mortgage-interest-deduction-is-ripe-for-reform

Tax Policy Center piece
http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/what-are-largest-tax-expenditures

Event Flyer.

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