NVAR forum on employer-assisted housing attracts full house Wednesday

Dozens of local real estate industry professionals and government leaders filled a meeting room at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce building in Town Square Wednesday for the Under One Roof event, a forum that addressed employer-assisted housing programs.

The three-hour event was free and open to the public.

Among those who spoke in support of the effort to encourage more employers to help their workers access quality housing through an assortment of programs were North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck, Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen, Richard Lee of First American Title Co., Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony, Holly Moskerintz of the National Association of Realtor, Margarita Rebollal, of Community Services of Southern Nevada, Jodi Royal-Goodwin of the Nevada Housing Division, Zolt Szorenyi of Lenders Clearing House and Michelle Villero of NeighborWorks America. 

All those in attendance were welcomed by Patty Kelley, the Nevada Association of Realtors president-elect.

The real estate trade group was a primary sponsor of the event.

Event organizer Dawn Lane, founder of the HOPE Home Foundation, said this was the first event of its kind targeting employers in Southern Nevada.

"The goal for the forum is to focus our business leaders on strategies and solutions for responding to today's two most critical areas -- housing and employment," Lane said.

Lane said employer-assisted housing "is an emerging strategy that can give businesses a tool to help."

Through such programs, employers can offer affordable housing solutions for their employees, she said. Options can include businesses helping their employees buy or rent a home and offering first-time home buyer and foreclosure prevention counseling.

In addition to NVAR and HOPE Home Foundation, other sponsors of the event included Lenders Clearing House, Chase, Evergreen Home Loans, Southern Nevada Issues Mobilization Fund, Nations Title Company, Stewart Title of Nevada, First American Title Co., All Western Mortgage and Professional Realty Group.