CARH BROADCAST E-MAIL – Annual Meeting Update

March 19, 2024

Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce that the 2024 Council for Affordable Rural Housing (CARH) Annual Meeting & Legislative Conference will be held on June 24-26 at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia, conveniently located across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, and less than five miles from Reagan National Airport. Please make your plans now to attend!


CARH national conferences are regarded as among the premier affordable rural housing meetings in the country. Attendees will hear from CARH’s legislative and policy experts, government officials, and industry stakeholders on key topics, legislation, regulations, and policies affecting the affordable rural housing industry. The full conference agenda will be finalized in the next several weeks and will include sessions on the following topics:

  • Funding for affordable housing programs
  • Long-term preservation solutions for the rural housing portfolio
  • Update on issues regarding decoupling Rural Development’s Section 515 mortgage from Section 521 Rental Assistance
  • Housing Credit and Housing Bond program updates
  • Transfers
  • Operational issues that continue to impact properties, including insurance costs
  • Tips to manage your business most effectively
  • Financing and tax credit updates
  • How to convey to Congress and the Administration the long-term needs of the industry and how both branches of government must respond to meet those needs
  • And more!

The CARH standing committees will convene on Monday, June 24, giving attendees the opportunity to promote issues chosen for CARH to advance through legislative or regulatory work, along with benefits and services you would like CARH to offer members. There will also be ample opportunities to meet with our many loyal vendors who offer a variety of products and services to the industry.

CARH is planning two receptions to meet and network with industry colleagues. We are thrilled to announce that Monday’s reception will be held in Washington, DC at the Washington National Cathedral in the Pilgrim Observation Gallery. A “great church for national purposes” was first conceived when Pierre L’Enfant designed the capitol city in 1791. Construction on the Cathedral began in 1907 and continued for 83 years. President George H. W. Bush oversaw the laying of the final cornerstone atop the towers in 1990.

The Washington National Cathedral holds a unique place at the intersection of sacred and civic life in our country. The neo-Gothic structure is brimming with iconic statues, beautiful stained glass, majestic altars, and great crypts and tombs reflecting the history of the nation as well as the mission of the Cathedral. Approximately 1,000 visitors from all over the world visit the Cathedral each day. There is a full schedule of concerts, speakers, and other programs making it a center for the arts and culture. Multiple services are held each week throughout the Cathedral, including weddings and funerals. The Cathedral is probably most widely known as the home of state funerals for American dignitaries.

In recent years, the Cathedral has begun renting space to groups to help support this massive landmark. CARH is honored by the opportunity to host our members and guests at this unique and inspiring place. The Cathedral is built on the highest point in Washington, DC, and the Pilgrim Observation Gallery offers panoramic views of Washington, Virginia, and Maryland! You will have the opportunity to have a docent-led tour of the Cathedral. Attendees can also enjoy a brief stroll through the beautiful grounds as you walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner on your own following the reception.

On Tuesday, June 25th, the networking reception will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. The CARH Scholarship Foundation will introduce their 2024 scholarship winners and the results of the CARH Top 20 of 24 survey will be revealed. (The Top 20 of 24 ranks the top rural housing owners, developers, and managers in the industry. If you have not already completed this year’s survey, click here and submit your response no later than Friday, May 17, 2024.)

On Wednesday, June 26th, the Scholarship Foundation will hold a breakfast honoring the 2024 scholarship recipients. Make plans to attend this exciting, moving, and unforgettable event!

  • Register Now – CARH is delighted to offer “early bird” meeting registration at a preferred rate until April 30! Register now and reserve your place today by clicking here or visit the Meetings Section at
  • Reserve Your Room Now – CARH is pleased to provide meeting attendees with a preferred rate at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City until May 31, 2024. For reservations, please call the hotel reservation line at 800-422-2410 and identify yourself as part of the “Council for Affordable and Rural Housing” or “CARH” group. You can also reserve online by clicking here. The discounted room rate is $304 per night for single/double occupancy deluxe guestrooms.
  • Become a Meeting Sponsor Now– We encourage you to become a meeting sponsor and help support this key industry event! Please click here for the CARH Sponsorship Form or visit The sooner we receive your Sponsorship Form, the earlier your logo will be part of CARH’s pre-meeting materials!

For travel and planning purposes, the meeting will begin at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 24 and close at approximately 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26. As mentioned above, the detailed meeting brochure will be available in the coming weeks. Register now to take advantage of the reduced meeting rate!

Please contact the CARH national office at or 703-837-9001 if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you in June!



Ian Maute                                             Colleen M. Fisher
CARH President                                  Executive Director


CARH would like to thank the following current sponsors of the upcoming Annual Meeting & Legislative Conference: