2010 Regional HOPI Annual Plenary

The impact of the foreclosure crisis continues to be front and center for the Chicago region’s communities. The 2010 Regional HOPI Annual Plenary will be an opportunity to hear from experts on economic and foreclosure trends, as well as a chance to share information about successes, challenges and emerging initiatives from peers and practitioners throughout the region. Topics to be covered include: 

  • How to best keep families in their homes in current market conditions;
  • Continued supply of vacant and foreclosed homes – how to minimize neighborhood disinvestment and generate neighborhood confidence for rental and for sale; 
  • Emerging initiatives, including new efforts regarding mortgage fraud, the Housing Action Illinois Servicer Accountability Initiative, and the Circuit Court of Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program.

Please register online by clicking here and entering the code ILRHOPI715. If you do not enter the code, you will not be registered. Space is limited and registration is first-come, first-served, so we encourage you to RSVP early. Also, for security reasons, we must have your name on the guest list of the Federal Reserve Bank in advance of the meeting.
Boxed lunches will be served at 11:30am and a reception will follow the event, ending at 6:00pm.
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We hope you will be able to join us as we continue this discussion. Currently, over 400 individuals are involved in Regional HOPI through participation in annual planning and information sharing meetings, regular coordination meetings and/or receipt of information via RHOPI’s list serve. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to view Regional HOPI’s website at regionalhopi.org and sign up for regular updates. If you would like to get more involved in Regional HOPI, please contact Kelly Clarke at


12:00pm: Welcome and Recap of RHOPI
Michael Berry, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 
Terry Mazany, Chicago Community Trust  
12:30 pm: 2010 Landscape and Implications for RHOPI
Bill Testa, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 
Geoff Smith, Woodstock Institute  
1:00 Introduction of Panel Discussions and Break Out Sessions:  Tommy Fitzgibbon

Panel #1  Challenge: Continuing foreclosures: What are the best ways to inform families affected by foreclosure about their options and available resources?
Moderator:  Roberto Requejo, Chicago Community Trust  
- Jennifer Streder, Bank of America
- Ofelia Navarro, Spanish Coalition for Housing 
- Kathy Clark, Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing
- Lakeside Community Development Corporation 
Ten minute break   
2:00pm Panel #2  Challenge: Continued oversupply of vacant and foreclosed homes.  How do we tackle neighborhood disinvestment and generate/plan for neighborhood confidence? 
Moderator:  Robin Snyderman, Metropolitan Planning Council  
- Katie Ludwig, City of Chicago (selling NSP homes) 
- Robin Coffey, NHS of Chicago (preparing buyers) 
- South Cook Collaborative (land banking/land trusts)
- Catherine Godshalk, Self Help Ventures Fund (lease to own)
2:45pm Panel Three:  Emerging Issues and Initiatives 
Moderator: Jack Markowski, Community Investment Corporation (invited) 
- Modification Scams – Lisa Thompson-Bennett, Office of Attorney General 
- HAI’s Servicer Initiative – Erica Page, Housing Action Illinois 
- Mediation Initiative – Carina Segalini, Circuit Court of Cook County 
3:30 to 4:15 Break Out Sessions

4:15 to 5:00 Report outs from Sessions including Next Steps

5:00 Wrap up and Summary of Next Steps  


Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 S. LaSalle Street
Start Date: 
July 15, 2010 - 11:30am - 5:00pm