Call for Proposals

This year's housing conference's theme is Fostering Inclusive Communities. Inclusion means the action of including or being included, being connected and involved. Fostering inclusion encompasses our civic responsibility to address exclusion and build on support systems that encourage inclusive communities with access to all. We believe it is at the core of our values and echoed by our conference stakeholders and participants, that collectively we can create affordable, accessible, fair and inclusive housing options for all. It is at the core of community and economic development, and essential for creativity and the economic growth of communities and regions.

We are looking for innovative proposals that will address the following focus areas around the conference theme, Fostering Inclusive Communities. The proposals are not limited to these topics. Please submit hot topic issues or trends you’ve encountered in Virginia, and nationally on housing and economic development.

Focus Areas

  • Workforce Development
  • Homelessness
  • Community Economic Development
  • Multi-generational Households
  • Special Needs Populations
  • Rural Housing and Community Development
  • Rural/Low Density Areas
  • Housing and Mobility
  • Inclusionary Housing “Upzoning”
  • Broader Partnerships and/or Engaged Communities
  • Mixed-Income Communities
  • Homeownership

  • Roles of Community Anchor Institutions
  • Housing Counseling and Financial Literacy
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Housing Virginia’s Millennials
  • Data Trends, Research, and Housing Policy
  • Servicing Diverse Populations
  • Community Revitalization
  • Veteran Services
  • Regional Economic Development
  • Rural/Urban Development
  • Inclusive Affordable Housing

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Transit-Oriented Development
  • Changing Demographics
  • Public Housing of the Future
  • Suburban Growth Areas
  • Connecting Growth to Affordability
  • Fair Housing
  • Multi-Modal Connectivity (Bike and Pedestrian Connectivity)
  • Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Housing Design and Construction
  • Housing Stability
  • Nutrition and Health

The Virginia Governor's Housing Conference has a broad range of attendees from many professional sectors including nonprofit organizations, foundations and other philanthropic donors, affordable housing developers, economic developers, local government elected officials, design professionals, financial institutions, government agencies, private developers, real estate professionals, educational institutions, trade organizations, community-based and faith-based organizations, and public housing providers.

The conference will feature 90-minute concurrent sessions and 30-minute snap sessions. Each concurrent session will be limited to three presenters, and the snap sessions are limited to one presenter. Due to session limitations, the conference cannot accommodate all proposed sessions, and the planning committee may merge topics or speakers to ensure a variety of sessions. Because of the complexity of scheduling around other conference activities, presenters will need to be flexible in availability and the acceptance of assigned time slots. All selected conference presenters will receive a complimentary conference registration that enables full participation in conference activities. Lodging and travel should be arranged by presenters, as these costs will not be provided by the conference. All selected conference presenters will be required to provide biographical information by Friday, Sept. 8.

Proposals may be submitted through the online proposal system by clicking here: submit a proposal. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 26 at 5 p.m. 

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Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference LLC
600 East Main Street, Suite 300 • Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 371-7000 • ghc@dhcd.virginia.gov