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Elisabeth Haub School of Law to host affordable housing summit

affordable housing westchesterThe Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University’s Land Use Law Center, along with its partners, the law firm of Goldstein Hall PLLC, the Housing Action Council and the NHP Foundation, will host the third annual Hudson Valley Affordable Housing Summit on May 2 on the White Plains campus.

The keynote address will be given by Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

“For 25 years now the Land Use Law Center has played a critical role in convening policy makers, advocates and local leaders to develop policy solutions to complex issues of development and building sustainable communities,” Dean Horace Anderson said in a statement. “We look forward to hosting these important conversations around affordable housing that will have implications for communities throughout Westchester and the region.”

“There are fewer more pressing issues facing local communities today than the need to create affordable housing for residents,” Land Use Law Center Executive Director Jessica Bacher said. “We are excited that this summit will allow us to have important discussions around how to harness the potential of opportunity zones, how housing and health are connected, and what role faith-based housing can have in developing communities and contributing to a common good.”

The half-day conference consists of three panels and a keynote address:

  • 8 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and networking
  • 8:30 to 8:45 Welcome and introduction

Tiffany Zezula, Deputy Director, Land Use Law Center

  • 8:45 to 9:30 Keynote address
  • 9:45 to 10:35 Session 1:Opportunity Zones: Turning Opportunity into Success

This panel discussion will bring together representatives from the tax credit syndication, accounting, law, community development financial institutions and development industries to discuss how the tax benefits afforded by the Federal Opportunity Zone legislation can be leveraged to develop communities and create and preserve affordable housing.
Moderator: Jason Labate, Goldstein Hall
Mary Amato, CPA partner, CohnReznick
Thomas McGrath, senior vice president and director of upstate revitalization, Community Preservation Corporation

Karen Przypyszny, senior vice president of equity placement, National Equity Funds

  • 10:35 to 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 to 11:35 Session2:Affordable Housing Approaches: One Size Does Not Fit All

This panel will examine the connectivity between health and housing and the emerging response through the development of supportive housing in integrated settings. How and whether economic integration is being achieved through inclusionary zoning including upcoming changes in the city of White Plains Affordable Housing Ordinance will also be covered.
Moderator: Rose Noonan, executive director, Housing Action Council
Christopher N. Gomez, AICP, commissioner of planning, City of White Plains
Sean Kearney, Kearney Realty & Development Group
Lisa Tarricone, director systems advocacy, Westchester Independent Living Center

  • 11:35 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Session 3:Faith Based Housing: Prophets and Profits

This panel discussion will focus on how developers and religious leaders can create housing that both serves the social good and produces a profit. With churches, mosques, and synagogues across the country currently seeking to develop low-cost housing, best practices for creating successful projects are beginning to emerge. The panel will draw from case histories, trends and experience to arm attendees with what they need to know to confidently invest in positive social change and reap financial rewards at the same time.
Moderator: David McKay Wilson, Tax Watch Columnist, Journal News
Frank Cerbini, vice president acquisitions, National Housing Partnership Foundation
Colin Jarvis, executive director, The Newburgh Ministry Inc.
Richard Roberts, principal and managing director of acquisitions, Redstone Equity Partners
James A. Ryan, principal, JMC Site Development Consultants
Karen D’Attore, executive director, IFCA
Jason Labate, senior associate, Goldstein Hall PLLC

12:30 to 1 Summit wrap-up/networking

To register for the event, visit alumni.pace.edu/Housing-Summit.


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