Roundtable in Texas

dallas_fed3Individuals living with disabilities often find it challenging to identify affordable and accessible housing with reliable transportation options. Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and The Disability Opportunity Fund in partnership with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation and OneStar Foundation, this day-and-a-half conference featured presentations and panel discussions on existing challenges, new initiatives and financing opportunities for housing solutions for people with disabilities.

Specific topics included:

  • Funding options for accessible housing
  • Transportation and income considerations when developing housing
  • Innovative technology that improves quality of life
  • Other key policy issues

Additional Information

More information about this issue can be found in the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas newsletter e-Perspectives.


Wednesday, September 14
1 p.m.


2 p.m.


Roy C. Lopez
Community Development Specialist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Chris Traylor(via video)
Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation

OneStar Foundation

2:15 p.m.

Getting Acquainted: An Overview of the Five Most Pressing Factors for People with Disabilities in Accessing Housing

Moderator: Charles D. Hammerman
President and CEO
The Disability Opportunity Fund

3 p.m.

Disability Housing 101: An Introduction of Key Players, Policy Implications and Problems

3:30 p.m.

Texas’ State-Supported Living Centers: Past, Present and Future (PowerPoint)

David Braddock
Executive Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
Associate Vice President, University of Colorado System

5 p.m.


6 p.m. Joe Bontke
Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
Thursday, September 15
8 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9 a.m.


Alfreda B. Norman
Vice President and Community Affairs Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Disabilities 101PowerPoint

Charles D. Hammerman

9:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions (Round 1)

Sessions repeat at 10:45 a.m.

ABC’s of Financing Disability Housing

Moderator: Jean Langendorf
Vice President of Community and Housing Services
Easter Seals Central Texas

Mandy De Mayo
De Mayo Associates

Affordable Housing Program Overview (PowerPoint)

Bruce Hatton
Vice President, Affordable Housing Program Manager
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

Valerie Williams
Senior Vice President
Bank of America

Use of Technology in Housing

Moderator: Marc Gold
Special Advisor for Policy and Promoting Independence
Office of the Commissioner, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

Naomi Hubert
Housing Programs Director
Easter Seals Central Texas

Home Modifications and Assistive Technology in the Home (PowerPoint)

John Morris
Assistive Technology Coordinator, Texas Technology Access Program
Texas Center for Disability Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Transportation and Employment Issues

Moderator: Don Tracy
Council Member
City of Cedar Park

Sheila Holbrook-White
Executive Director
Texas Citizen Fund

Elijah May
Social Media Consultant
Apprentice Marketing

Derin Stewart
Founder and CEO
Dverse Group

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions Repeat (Round 2)

1:30 p.m.

Investing in Disability Housing: A Banker’s Perspective

Moderator: Roy C. Lopez
Community Development Specialist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Robert Barnes
President and CEO
International Bank of Commerce, Austin

Donna Normandin
Senior Vice President, Community Development
Frost Bank

Jerry Romero
Vice President and the Community Development Officer
Wells Fargo Bank

2:30 p.m.

Dais of Moderators

Facilitator: Charles D. Hammerman

Marc Gold

Jean Langendorf

Don Tracy

3:30 p.m.

Closing remarks

Charles D. Hammerman