Rising poverty in suburbia is a new reality for the United States. Elizabeth Kneebone, co-author of “Confronting Suburban Poverty in America” and a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution, will share her research during the keynote presentation at Affordable Housing Finance magazine’s AHF Live: Housing Developers Forum, which will be held May 9 to 11 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va.

Elizabeth Kneebone, fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution
Paul Morigi Elizabeth Kneebone, fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution

Kneebone, who focuses on urban and suburban poverty, demographics, and tax policies supporting low-income workers and communities in her work at Brookings, will delve into why poverty is shifting to the suburbs, discuss the economic and demographic trends she is seeing, and provide some of the innovative housing-led responses to suburban poverty from practitioners across the nation during the May 11 keynote.

Prior to Brookings, Kneebone worked as a research project manager for IFF, a nonprofit lender and real estate consultant based in the Midwest. Her work at IFF assessed the geographic distribution of need for services and programs targeted toward low-income people and communities. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in history from the Indiana University.

In addition to the keynote presentation, attendees will hear the latest legislative news as well as updates on the National Housing Trust Fund, the Rental Assistance Demonstration, and other federal housing programs. Other panels during the second annual conference will tackle industry hot topics, such as cost containment, the disparate impact ruling, workforce housing, and Year 15 strategies.

Registration for the conference is $595. Attendance is reserved for people who are primarily owners and developers of affordable housing, plus state and local housing finance agency representatives and nonprofit groups focused on the business of affordable housing. To register or view the full agenda, please visit www.ahfliveforum.com.