debunk_groupOn June 23, the HAR Governmental Affairs Department hosted a successful symposium on “Debunking the Myths on Workforce Housing.” With more than 85 attendees, the event served as a great catalyst to engage in a community discussion to address the need of workforce housing across the greater Houston region.

Toni Jackson, commercial real estate attorney with Jones Walker, served as the symposium’s moderator and really was able to successfully facilitate a productive discussion not only with the panelists but the audience as well. The panelists included a wide array of stakeholders in the community including: Timika Simmons, Director of Public Affairs at the Harris County Housing Authority; Chris Butler, Executive Director of the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority at the City of Houston; Alyson Griffin, Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator at First Choice Loan Services; Tory Gunsolley, President & CEO at the Houston Housing Authority; Barry Kahn, President at Hettig/Kahn Holdings, Inc.; Dr. Edward Pringle, Houston Field Office Director at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development; and Brandi Sullivan, Administration Manager for the City of Houston’s Housing & Community Development Department.