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Commonwealth Housing Forum


The Commonwealth Housing Forum is a must-attend event for those involved in shaping the future of Pennsylvania's housing stock for both single-family homes and multifamily rental apartments.

This special event occurs every two years and is held at the Hilton Harrisburg. It brings together professionals from Pennsylvania's expansive housing industry to learn about trends, compare notes, and advance work in the field. The atmosphere is always friendly and fun. No stuffy conference here!

The Forum attracts leaders from the state's housing industry representing single-family homeownership and multifamily rental interests. More than 700 influential decision makers are expected to attend, including developers, builders, lenders, maintenance and management agents, preservationists, real estate professionals, attorneys, consultants, government officials and housing services providers.


The Commonwealth Housing Forum is held at the Hilton Harrisburg on Market Square  in the heart of Harrisburg. The Hilton's fine meeting facilities and guest accommodations are ideally suited for the conference. It is conveniently located near several attractions, including the state Capitol complex, Restaurant Row, Riverfront Park, City Island, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and other cultural and historic attractions.


We are excited to announce the keynote speakers for the 2017 Housing Forum, making the speaking lineup at Pennsylvania's premier housing education and networking conference the best in the event's history.

Keynote speakers include researcher and author Dr. Eric Klinenberg, two economists - Dr. Elliot Eisenberg of GraphsandLaughs and Trulia Senior Economist Dr. Cheryl Young - and celebrity chef Jeff Henderson. Learn more about our Forum keynote speakers!

Session speakers are recognized professionals in housing, community development, finance, government and business. They include developers, attorneys, builders, consultants, demographers, government officials, lenders and nonprofit executives. Many work in Pennsylvania, but some come from outside the state and are invited on the basis of their considerable expertise.


The Forum features on average 35 educational sessions on various areas of interest, so during each session block attendees can choose from a number of interesting topics. Subjects will cover a variety of issues, including: tax credit financing, an update on legislation affecting housing, the status of the housing market in Pennsylvania, the future of housing finance and details about historic building preservation.

 Meals & Evening Reception

The Housing Forum commences on a Thursday with breakfast. Lunch is included and is served at noon. Keynote speakers will be featured at both breakfast and lunch.

Thursday's activities will conclude with a networking event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks in the Housing Marketplace exhibit hall. The event will provide a relaxed atmosphere during which participants can meet with expert speakers and their peers, and also visit informative exhibitor booths. The next morning the Housing Forum will again begin with breakfast and a keynote speaker. The Forum will conclude a little after noon, so no lunch will be provided that day.


Casual business attire is acceptable for all Housing Forum event and activities.

 Special Features & Events

Housing Marketplace Networking Reception: from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, enjoy a variety of delicious heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks, while mingling with your peers and enjoying vendor displays. Exhibit booths will present useful products and services helpful to today's housing professional. You'll have the chance to meet face-to-face with speakers from the day's educational sessions and ask them questions important to you. The Housing Marketplace will continue the day's emphasis on education and information sharing, but in a more relaxed and fun setting.

Thank you to our Sponsors. Please support these organizations that helped make our 2017 Housing Forum possible.

Please call 717.780.3915 or email us if you have questions.

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