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WHEDA Conference

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 | Monona Terrace

Join developers, syndicators, property managers, community leaders, industry experts and economic development professions for a day of learning sessions and collaboration to strengthen Wisconsin by expanding economic development and affordable multifamily housing. 

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Keynote Speaker

Conference Speaker HeadshotThe winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Genius Grant, Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond is the author of The New York Times bestseller Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American CityEvicted won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. It was named a best book of 2016 by The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and more than 30 other outlets. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, Evicted delivers a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues we face as a country: housing insecurity. Desmond shows that the eviction epidemic disproportionally affects women of color, writing, “If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished Black neighborhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women. Poor Black men were locked up. Poor Black women were locked out.” Praised as “an extraordinary feat of reporting and ethnography” by The Washington PostEvicted transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a uniquely American problem. A New York Times Magazine Contributing Writer, Desmond is also the author of On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland FirefightersRacial Domination, Racial Progress: The Sociology of Race in America (with Mustafa Emirbayer), and The Racial Order (with Mustafa Emirbayer). In 2016 he was named to Politico Magazine's influential Politico 50 list.


Lunch Address

Faith Kohler HeadshotFaith Kohler, J.D, is a graduate of Marquette University Law School and Wellesley College. A former federal agent who worked extensively in Milwaukee's high crime neighborhoods, Faith discovered film as a powerful vehicle to bring awareness and social justice to a variety of audiences.  Throughout her law enforcement career and during her work in the Fortune 500 private sector, Faith served as a volunteer within Milwaukee's homeless community. Her interest in understanding poverty and researching solutions led to the creation of BatPowered Productions and the idea for 30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle, which was filmed between 2009 and 2015.

About 30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle

A former federal agent takes you from Milwaukee’s streets into its justice system, following chronically homeless men as they struggle to survive. 30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle tells the story of chronic homelessness. The film looks at who homeless men are, how they got there, and how they survive. It examines the unique relationship between homelessness and the justice system, offering perspective through the voices of the courts, police officers and chronically homeless men themselves. We follow officers from Milwaukee Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team as they take their specialized training on the streets. We watch one man journey off the streets while another strives to stay underground. As the scales tip in this precariously balanced struggle for survival, we discover who is 30 Seconds Away.


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A limited block of rooms has been set aside for conference attendees until Saturday, July 21, 2018 at:
Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, 9 East Wilson St Madison WI 53703
To reserve a room, please call 1-877-510-7465, mentioning group code of WHEDAC or click this link:

Another limited block of rooms has been set aside until Friday, July 20, 2018 at:
Park Hotel Madison, 22 S Carroll St, Madison, WI 53703
To reserve a room, please call (608) 285-8000, mentioning group code of "WHEDA 2018 Block" or click this link: