The team at TightLines attended and exhibited at the Governor’s Housing Conference this week in Norfolk, Virginia.  The conference is the largest and most comprehensive affordable housing event of the year.

The conference kicked off with America’s Housing Future – an in-depth session on the latest information related to key issues presented in the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Policy Commission Report “Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy.”  An expert panel of national housing leaders discussed solutions and opportunities that respond to both the near-term and long-term challenges facing the housing and community development sectors.

The featured keynote speaker was Liz Murray.  Murray’s life is a triumph over adversity and a stunning example of the importance of dreaming big.  Murray’s life as the child of drug-addicted parents in the Bronx was bitterly grim.  Murray’s story is exhilarating and her delivery innocently honest, as she takes audiences on a very personal journey where she achieves the improbable.  Determined to take charge of her life, Murray finished high school in just two years while camping out in New York City parks and subway stations. Murray received her bachelor degree in psychology from Harvard University in June 2009.  Murray is the recipient of Oprah Winfrey’s first-ever Chutzpah Award and her memoir, “Breaking Night,” was released in September 2010, and within a week, it landed on The New York Times best-seller list.