Date: March 31, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am


10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET

What to Expect

Join us for an important conversation, Making Affordable Housing Climate Ready, on Thursday, March 31st from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. ET.

This virtual roundtable will feature a panel of affordable housing and resilience practitioners at the state, local, and federal levels, and a fireside chat with Pat Forbes, Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development, and Roy Wright, President & CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).

Guided by the latest building science research, we’ve seen progress in the single-family and commercial sectors, building homes and commercial facilities to perform better against severe weather events, including high winds, hail, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Yet, there is a tremendous and immediate need to grow that footprint, while also bringing resilience to the millions of Americans living in multifamily housing.

Join us as developers, investors, and government officials in the affordable housing community discuss why resilience to severe weather must be a part of affordable housing, and the tools available for financing this important work.


Chris Monforton, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Gulf Coast; Vice-Chair, Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Advisory Council  

Jennifer Landau, Senior Program Officer, Multifamily Housing – Connecticut Housing Finance Authority 

Molly Simpson, Program Manager, Green Financing Business – Fannie Mae Multifamily 

Laurie Schoeman, Director, Resilience – Enterprise Community Partners – Capital Division



Roy Wright  

Roy Wright, President and CEO of the Insurance Institute for Building & Home Safety, is a leader in climate adaptation, building science, and disaster mitigation. A former FEMA official, Roy brings together stakeholders across industries and specialties to tackle some of the toughest disasters facing communities across the U.S. From wildfires to hurricanes, tornadoes to hailstorms, he oversees the research and risk-reduction efforts that are creating stronger, more resilient homes, businesses, and communities. Roy is a recognized resiliency shaper who has dedicated his career to breaking the cycle of human suffering that strikes families and communities in the wake of severe weather.   

Pat Forbes

Pat Forbes is Executive Director of the Office of Community Development for Louisiana. Pat oversees Louisiana’s Community Development Block Grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Forbes’ oversight includes housing, economic development, infrastructure and planning programs for recovery from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and Isaac, and the 2016 floods, as well as resilience planning activities and the Small Cities program.  


10:00 a.m. ET – Welcome:

  • Roy Wright, President and CEO of IBHS 

10:15 a.m. – Panel Discussion:
Financing Climate-Ready Affordable Housing  

  • Chris Monforton, Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Gulf Coast 
  • Jennifer Landau, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority 
  • Molly Simpson, Fannie Mae Multifamily 
  • Laurie Schoeman, Enterprise Community Partners 

11:00 a.m. – Fireside Chat:
Strengthening Multifamily and Affordable Housing in a Changing Climate

  • Roy Wright, President and CEO of IBHS
  • Pat Forbes, Executive Director, Office of Community Development for Louisiana

About the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) 

Severe weather disrupts lives, displaces families, and drives financial loss. IBHS delivers top-tier science and translates it into action so we can prevent avoidable suffering, strengthen our homes and businesses, inform the insurance industry, and support thriving communities. The IBHS mission is to conduct objective, scientific research to identify and promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss. Learn more about IBHS at