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Dr. James Gaines, Chief Economist, Real Estate Center

Housing markets, Housing development
Jim focuses on housing and land development issues. He has more than 35 years experience in a broad array of professional real estate activities and has provided consulting services to numerous businesses, institutions, developers, and all levels of government organizations. He served as President of Rice Center, an urban research center affiliated with Rice University and was an associate professor of real estate and finance at the University of South Carolina.

Shima Hamidi, University of Texas Arlington 
Shima Hamidi is Director of the Institute of Urban Studies and Assistant Professor of Urban Planning. Hamidi is a transportation planner and a smart growth advocate and, for the past five years, has been working on several funded projects from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Transportation Research Board, National Institute of Transportation and Communities, American Association of Retired Persons, National Institute of Health, and Smart Growth America. Hamidi has published (or has in press) one book and over 20 journal articles in the area of transportation, urban design, walkability, housing affordability, public health, upward mobility as well as urban form and its quality of life impacts.

Jonathan Paine, NALHFA Executive Director
Jonathan Paine holds a bachelor's degree in Government from Suffolk University in Boston. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, its highest honor. He also is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) through the American Society of Association Executives™ (ASAE), of which he is a member. Prior to his NALHFA appointment, Jonathan served as the chief executive officer of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and as the chief operating officer for the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).

Representative Nicole Collier, District 95, Fort Worth
Representative Collier is the first African-American woman to represent House District 95 in Tarrant County. In the 84th Texas Legislature, Representative Collier served as Vice-Chair of the General Investigating and Ethics Committee and was a member of the Select Committee of Federal Environmental Regulation, Public Health, Business and Industry Committees. The Representative will be working on legislation this session to eliminate credit checks on certain employment applications, limit the collection of so-called “zombie debt”, expand paid sick leave, and ensure our children have clean drinking water at school.

Heather Voorman, NALHFA Policy Director
Heather Voorman is the Policy Director for the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA). She received her B.S. from South Dakota State University and her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Prior to joining NALHFA, Heather worked as the Consolidated Plan and Community Development Coordinator for the State of Nebraska’s Department of Economic Development. Additionally, her previous professional experience includes Community Outreach Specialist for The Groundwater Foundation and Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives handling topics including housing, small business, and regulatory issues.

Texas Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies

Hilton Fort Worth Hotel

Reservation Block has closed.

TALHFA's group hotel rate no longer available.

Registered as a national historic landmark, the Hilton Fort Worth hotel has welcomed many famous and important guests. None more significant than President John F. Kennedy and the First Lady, Jacqueline. The young President addressed the thousands who had gathered to catch a glimpse of America's most popular political figure. His final speech came minutes later in the hotel's Crystal Ballroom where 2,000 attendees joined the couple for breakfast.

"There are no faint hearts in Fort Worth''

President John F. Kennedy

November 22, 1963

Join Us for 2017 Conference Keynote Speakers

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TopGolf is the premier entertainment complex.   No golf experience is required! Anyone can play TopGolf, from aspiring pros to those who’ve never walked 18 holes. This event includes light breakfast at TopGolf and LUNCH with the "adventurers" at Joe T Garcia's.

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ GREAT NEWS!!! Overflow Rooms AVAILABLE at Courtyard-Blackstone ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪

25th Annual TALHFA Educational Conference 
October 25 - 27, 2017

Partnerships with Purpose: Housing for Texans

Join us at the Hilton Fort Worth

Click below to Register for Events. Overflow rooms STILL available at Courtyard-Blackstone!

The 2017 Fort Worth Adventure  features a visit to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Guests will take a private tour and learn interesting details about U.S. currency. This is one of only two facilities that engrave and print all the paper currency in the United States. The Adventure includes LUNCH at Joe T. Garcia's with the golfers.

Glen Whitley, Tarrant County Judge and President of the Tarrant County HFC

Judge Whiley presides over the Tarrant County Commissioners Court.  He is a leader on transportation, sustainable communities, efficient government, air quality, higher education, support for veterans and military families as well as youth and children’s issues.  He was elected a Tarrant County Commissioner in 1996 and Tarrant County Judge in 2006. Tarrant County has a lower tax rate than when Judge Whitley was elected. Judge Whitley is a past president of the National Association of Counties and of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, organizations that help local government develop policy, recognize regional opportunities and make joint decisions.  Under his leadership, the county’s transportation bond package helps cities build and widen roads.  He has played a leading role improving access and care at the JPS Health Network.  He was named County Leader of the Year for 2010 by American City and County magazine. 

Pre-Conference Outings - Register for one of these Fun Events - SEATS AVAILABLE!

Attendees of both events will meet

for a relaxing lunch at Joe T. Garcia's in the famous Fort Worth Stockyards.

Kelly Allen Gray, Fort Worth City Council District 8and Board President Fort Worth HFC
Kelly Allen Gray has served three years as the council member for Council District 8 in Fort Worth. Her service as a Fort Worth city council member has been focused on expanding a network of quality, safe and affordable housing across the city for first-time home buyers and renters, while actively seeking ways to develop permanent supportive housing to assist in making homelessness short term and non-reoccurring. Allen Gray represents the city as a board member on the North Central Texas Council of Governments and is an alternate member of the Regional Transportation Council (RTC). Her civic board service includes:

  • Chair of the Trinity Habitat for Humanity Advisory Committee
  • Trustee for Texas Wesleyan University
  • President of the Texas Association of Black City Council Members

Stay Connected ▪ Stay Informed

Join TALHFA members and Affordable Housing leaders for 3 days of discussions, information, and inspiration. Theaffordable housing industry in Texas is constantly changing. Be a part of the solution by discussing successful tools, strategies, experiences and partnerships. Attend conference sessions to hear information on how Fort Worth and other Texas communities have made a difference in the lives of their citizens.

Be inspired by Partnerships with Purpose!

Overflow Hotel Rooms STILL available.


Just two blocks from Hilton

TALHFA's group hotel rate $199/night.

Historic grandeur meets contemporary style at Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone. Our hotel is housed in a 23-story high rise dating back to 1929. While our exterior boasts an art-deco style, our interior delivers modern décor and amenities. We provide complimentary Wi-Fi, plush bedding and convenient room service. Please make your reservations soon - TALHFA block closes on October 13th.

2016 Conference Photos


TALHFA depends on the generosity of its supporters to offer the highest quality programs and amenities.

At the same time, conference support serves as a way to reach out to fellow partners and potential clients in the local housing finance community - making this the perfect partnership!

Besides the fame & notoriety ... There are several tangible benefits that come with being a Conference Supporter.  Depending on the level of support, you will receive some, or all, of these perks:  Free Conference Registrations, Booth Space, Website Recognition, with links, Program full-color Ads, and Signage at the conference.

If your organization is interested in support opportunities, contact Jeanne Talerico at