U.S. Housing and Community Development Conference

Hyatt Regency, Dallas, TX

Guidehouse is excited to speak at the U.S. Housing Community and Development Conference and Expo.

Developers, state and local housing authorities, community development leaders, buy-side investors, state land officers, and housing service providers will convene at the U.S. Housing Community and Development Conference and Expo for two days of collaboration, thought leadership, and networking. The event will give attendees an opportunity to connect with key stakeholders, gain insights into groundbreaking projects, and discover new strategies to propel housing and community development forward. 

Complexities like aging infrastructure, climate change, and social issues are converging in terms of their impact on society–Guidehouse takes a broader, more holistic approach to breaking down these silos. Our Guidehouse experts help leaders build a framework for the pursuit of a better future for communities across the world. We leverage these interrelationships to design, build, and operate innovative solutions that maximize impact.


Guidehouse Sessions

ARPA and Beyond: Perspectives on Using Federal Funding to Address Affordable Housing Challenges

Friday, May 31, 2024 | 10 a.m. CDT

Governments across the U.S. have used their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to address their affordable and supportive housing goals. Housing is a critical issue in many communities, exacerbated by the pandemic, rising construction costs, and interest rates. Thanks to the guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury and an Affordable Housing How-To Guide published jointly with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, governments have had more direction in investing their ARPA funds in housing projects successfully. With the ARPA obligation deadline approaching at the end of 2024, governments are thinking about what comes next.

Guidehouse has supported over 80 state and local clients with approaches to use federal funds for housing programs and projects, including Travis County, Texas, and Baltimore County, Maryland. Travis County invested $110 million of ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to build 2,000 units of supportive housing, while Baltimore County invested $12M of ARPA SLFRF funds to create a new Housing Opportunities Fund.

This session will explore how Guidehouse partnered with Baltimore County and Travis County to leverage their ARPA funds for housing. It will also explore post-ARPA approaches for accessing federal funds from the IRA for housing, as well as other methods of blending, braiding, and leveraging federal, state, and local funds for affordable housing projects, programs, and planning.


  • Laura Slutsky, Director, Sustainability, Guidehouse
  • Terry Hickey, Director, Department of Housing and Human Development, Baltimore County
  • Pilar Sanchez, County Executive, Department of Health and Human Services, Travis County


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