The 2015 I’M HOME Conference: Why Attend?

On October 26-28, CFED will host its 11th annual I’M HOME Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

I’M HOME (Innovations in Manufactured Homes) is a 11-year old national initiative of CFED designed to unlock the potential of high quality manufactured housing as a key source of affordable housing and asset-building for low- and moderate-income families. The Conference is an annual gathering where a range of audiences interested in applying manufactured housing solutions to affordable housing challenges come together to share progress, highlight innovative practices and lessons learned and make new connections.

Wondering why you should come?

  •  The I’M HOME Conference is the only gathering of its kind in the country. Ten years ago, we started convening a small group of nonprofit and community development professionals around the nascent initiative we were launching at CFED. We struggled to find enough affordable housing practitioners with expertise in leveraging manufactured housing to fill a panel. This year, we’re planning a total of nine concurrent sessions, two plenaries and a plethora of roundtable discussions. The field has grown and matured in incredible ways since 2005, and you won’t find such a large, diverse group of practitioners, industry experts, homeowners, lenders, community organizers, funders and more in the same room at any other conference.
  • Manufactured housing novices are welcome! Just getting acquainted with the intricacies of manufactured housing development, policy, communities or finance? No worries, the I’M HOME Conference is a great place to get your feet wet if you’re new to the field. Take it from one of last year’s attendees: “This was my first year in attendance and if possible definitely not my last. Not only was it awesome to sit among those who understand the issues manufactured homeowners face on a daily basis and to hear about the successes and what is on the agenda for the coming years but to watch and learn how a meeting of the magnitude should be run. To feel like a small fish in a pond when first taking part in the sessions and leaving the session understanding that I was not as small as I first thought.”
  • See old friends, make connections and build new relationships that will ultimately help you transform manufactured housing into an asset for millions of homeowners. For those with deep roots in the manufactured housing as affordable housing field, the I’M HOME Conference also serves as an opportunity to both share your expertise, network, reenergize and plan for the future with others who are leading the field. As one of last year’s attendees shared: “The opportunity to network and step back and reflect on successes was also valuable because too often I am focused on where we need to go and don't make the time to reflect on what we have achieved and why.”                                                                            

Still not sure? In the words of one 2013 attendee: “[the I’M HOME Conference] was the best organized meeting I have attended ever. There was a lot of diversity in subject matter but everything tied together. This was really well done.” There you have it: it’s a darn good conference. Come see for yourself in Minneapolis!

Registration is now open: click here to register!