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Rick Lazio Speaks with Affordable Housing Finance on Key Housing Issues Coming in 2017

Jones Walker Affordable Housing Team Leader Rick Lazio speaks with Affordable Housing Finance on “Key Housing Issues Coming in 2017.” We have got an enormous opportunity to make the case to close the gap in the affordability of housing …We need the resources and creativity and the leadership to get the job done. Rick also … Continue Reading

Rick Lazio Speaks with Housing Wire Magazine on How Housing and Healthcare Go Together

Rick A. Lazio, a partner on the firm’s Affordable Housing Team, was recently interviewed for the article “Here’s one way housing and healthcare go together” in HousingWire magazine. Rick spoke about how the healthcare industry and housing industry cross paths in many situations and there are thousands of Americans in hospitals that don’t want to … Continue Reading

Lawlor Presents at Urban Land Institute

Brian Lawlor, Special Counsel on the firm’s Affordable Housing Team, presented and moderated the Urban Land Institute’s Forum panel “Creating Affordable Housing.” The discussion included a private developer, a not for profit developer, and the Housing Authority of New Orleans. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) also welcomed Stockton Williams, Executive Director of ULI’s Terwilliger Center … Continue Reading

Hollis and Jackson Speak at ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Fall Boot Camp

Jones Walker Affordable Housing Team members Alysse Hollis and Toni Jackson were panelists at the American Bar Association’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Fall Boot Camp in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Hollis’ session, “Tax Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing,” focused on the underlying rules for tax-exempt bond financing for affordable housing and the … Continue Reading

Rick Lazio Speaks with HousingWire Magazine on Current State of Housing in the U.S. and Lack of Housing Policy Mentions by Presidential Candidates

Rick A. Lazio, a partner on the firm’s Affordable Housing Team, was recently interviewed for the article “Rick Lazio: Presidential candidates would do right to mention housing policy” in HousingWire magazine as part of an interview series with Affordable Housing professionals. Rick spoke about where affordable housing policy stands now and what improvement is still … Continue Reading

Lawlor Published in Commercial Observer

Brian E. Lawlor, special counsel in the firm’s Affordable Housing Practice Group in the New York and New Orleans offices, recently authored the article, “All Affordable Housing Development Is Local,” in the Commercial Observer. In the article, Mr. Lawlor discusses how grass roots support is the key component of success for any affordable housing development.… Continue Reading

Rick Lazio to speak at AHDC 2016 Policy Conference

Rick A. Lazio, a partner in the firm’s Affordable Housing Practice Group in the New York office, will speak at the Affordable Housing Developers Council (AHDC) Policy Conference being held in New York City on September 9, 2016. The AHDC is the coalition representing Affordable Housing Developer CEO’s from around the country and matures the … Continue Reading

Team Member Toni Jackson Serves as Panelist at ABA Annual Meeting

Antoinette M. Jackson, a partner in the firm’s Affordable Housing Practice Group in the Houston office, will serve on the panel, “Ferguson’s Fault Lines: Reflecting on Ferguson and the Lawyers’ Role in Restoring Justice,” at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, on August 5, 2016. Ms. Jackson will discuss how historical … Continue Reading

Raising the Roof at the Presidential Convention

I was a guest on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning with former Governor Howard Dean discussing the just completed Republican and Democratic presidential convention. I attended the Republican convention and co-hosted a fundraising event and concert which was intended to raise awareness about the growing affordable housing crisis in the United States. Aided by award … Continue Reading

Raising the Volume on America’s Rental Affordability Crisis

Rick A. Lazio, a partner on the firm’s Affordable Housing Team in the firm’s New York office, recently co-authored the article “We need to raise the volume on America’s rental affordability crisis” in HousingWire magazine. The article discusses the need to bring attention to the rental affordability crisis at the local and national level. Rick … Continue Reading

Affordable Housing Team Member Toni Jackson Moderates Panel on Workforce Housing

Antoinette M. Jackson, a partner in the firm’s Affordable Housing Practice Group in the Houston office, moderated the panel, “Debunking the Myths on Workforce Housing,” for the Houston Association of Realtors on June 23, 2016. The discussion addressed misunderstandings surrounding the topic of workforce housing and educated on what available resources these respective entities provide. … Continue Reading

Affordable Housing Takes Front Seat at New Orleans Mayor’s 2016 State of the City

In his 2016 State of the City, New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu unveiled an ambitious 5 year affordable housing plan which calls for the development and preservation of 7500 affordable housing units, supports mixed income developments and commits $17 million per year in resources to support the plan. In coordination with the Mayor’s announcement, … Continue Reading

Toni Jackson Presents at NALHFA

Antoinette M. “Toni” Jackson presented at the annual conference of the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (“NALHFA”) held in Dallas, Texas. Toni was on the panel entitled “How New Fair Housing Rules Impact Local Affordable Housing Activity”. She spoke about last year’s Supreme Court ruling in the TDHCA vs. ICP lawsuit and how … Continue Reading

Rents are too high, but candidates duck the issue

Given that 20 million families are spending more than 50% of their income on housing in America and the silent affordable housing crisis grows each day, I’m greatly disappointed that the topic of affordable housing has been absent from the presidential debates. Not one question. This is the time when we must challenge our candidates … Continue Reading

An Issue of Choice

The Houston Housing Authority recently held a public meeting where hundreds of people attended to oppose a proposed development in a high-end neighborhood. The newspaper described the audience of this neighborhood as often yelling and booing at the Authority’s staff. Unfortunately, this scene is not unique. It is a scene that many in the affordable … Continue Reading

Jones Walker Attorney, Toni Jackson, participates in Civil Rights Symposium

Jones Walker housing attorney, Toni Jackson, served as a panelist during a symposium sponsored by the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law on February 19, 2016. The title of the symposium was The Civil Rights Agenda, The Roberts Court, and the last Three Years of Challenges: What Now? This panel was very timely … Continue Reading

Alysse Hollis Presents on the ABA’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Webinar

Jones Walker LLP Affordable Housing Team Member Alysse Hollis presented on a panel for the American Bar Association’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law webinar, ‘Multiple Challenges of Multiple Building Projects” on March 1, 2016. The webinar focused on the challenges and opportunities that are posed by affordable housing transactions involving scattered sites … Continue Reading

Toni Jackson to Serve on Houston Mayor’s Housing Transition Committee

Antoinette M. Jackson, a partner in the firm’s Affordable Housing Practice Group, has been appointed to serve on Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Housing Transition Committee for the City of Houston. The Housing Committee is one of the 13 Transition Committees that will develop policy recommendations for the mayor on comprehensive financial reform, infrastructure, public safety, traffic … Continue Reading

Wanted: A comprehensive housing strategy

Rick Lazio’s op-ed  “Wanted:  A comprehensive housing strategy” published today in The Hill:  As recently reported by the National Association of Realtors, the share of first-time homebuyers is approaching a 30-year low. But the striking absence of these buyers in the market today is not the result of shifting aspirations. Surveys consistently show that young adults, those who … Continue Reading

Jones Walker Affordable Housing Team Members Attend Symposium on the Future of Affordable Housing

Jones Walker LLP attorneys John Peck and Alysse Hollis attended a symposium on September 22, 2015 sponsored by the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority. The symposium, titled “The Future of Affordable Housing,” brought together thought leaders around the Midwest for a day of discussion and networking about issues facing housing authorities and other providers of low … Continue Reading
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