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10/18 - Under Pressure: Housing Challenges in the Chicagoland Region (CM | 1.5)

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

The return of housing values in Chicago and the region is creating new challenges: suburban communities that were formerly considered affordable are now seeing rising housing costs, and residents in other areas are being priced out due to gentrification. This program will look at the range of issues faced by hot markets and middle markets to address the challenges of creating and preserving affordable housing. Learn about tools, techniques, and communication strategies that you can bring back to your community.


  • Valerie Kretchmer, President, VSKA Real Estate and Planning Consulting. Valerie has over 40 years of real estate and planning experience as a consultant, real estate analyst and city planner. She has particular expertise in real estate market analysis for affordable housing, senior housing, retail, office and industrial developments. Prior to forming Valerie S. Kretchmer Associates, Inc. in 1985, she was an Assistant Vice President at VMS Realty Partners, a real estate syndication company, where she was responsible for acquisitions and due diligence market analysis for shopping centers, office buildings, apartment buildings and hotels across the country.

  • Peter Levavi, Senior Vice President, Brinshore Development. Peter Levavi, Senior Vice President at Brinshore Development, has been working in the field of affordable housing development for more than 30 years. At Brinshore, he is responsible for working with city governments, housing authorities and other institutions and partners to implement mixed income, mixed use and mixed tenure redevelopments. Brinshore has worked in inner cities, and suburban areas across Illinois and 14 states to create more than 7,500 affordable housing units. In hot areas, Brinshore has worked in the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park in Chicago, and Highland Park and Evanston in the Northshore to create workforce, senior and special needs housing.

  • Juan Moreno, President/Founder, Juan Gabriel Moreno Architects (JGMA). Juan Gabriel Moreno, AIA, is an award-winning architect and President/Founder of JGMA (Juan Gabriel Moreno Architects). Mr. Moreno has been creating provocative architecture for more than 30 years. JGMA’s portfolio includes the UNO Soccer Academy, Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, The Cube at Westfield’s Old Orchard and the Northeastern Illinois University El Centro Campus. JGMA is currently working on a diverse array of notable projects including: a residential high-rise for the John Buck Company, a Sustainable Design Center at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and a revitalization of the historic Lathrop Homes Development.

  • James Rudyk, Executive Director, Northwest Side Housing Center. James joined the Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) as Executive Director in 2012. NWSHC is a HUD-certified community-based organization that focuses on community organizing, leadership development, place-making, and providing free community programs and services. As Executive Director, James is responsible for day-to-day operations, staff development and management, program development, financial management, fundraising, and strategic planning.

  • Kim Ulbrich, Executive Director, Community Partners for Affordable Housing. Kim is the Executive Director of Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH). Kim has over 30 thirty years of real estate and construction experience. Previously, she administered the Federal grants for the Community Development Division of Planning and Development Department in McHenry County. Before joining McHenry County, Kim worked as a Project Manager with the Corporation for Affordable Homes of McHenry County.

DATE: Thursday, October 18, 2018

TIME: 3:00-4:30 pm

LOCATION: 3390 N. Avondale Ave. Northeastern Illinois University El Centro Library and Learning Resource Center, Chicago, IL 60618

CREDITS: 1.5 CM Credits Pending

Network after the program!

After this program, be sure to join the APA-CMS for some TODrinks! The happy hour will take place at Revolution Brewing Brewery and Taproom (2240 N. Kedzie) following the APA-CMS session at NEIU. If you aren't interested in attending the event, or can't make it in time, no worries, just come to Revolution Brewing around 5ish. We'll have some large tables reserved for the group. We'll also provide some pizza for the crowd! Brought to you by APA-CMS in partnership with ASLA Illinois Emerging Professionals Committee and CNU Illinois. More information at

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