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 said that the country needs a strong HUD Secretary as well as a Treasury and White House that addresses housing needs.

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 be there and don’t need to be there.

They can move into permanent housing with supported services, and they could save taxpayers millions of dollars

Jumping to 2:10 in the video, Lazio explains what can be done to address affordable housing and healthcare problems.

New Markets Tax Credit Allocations Announced

On November 17, 2016, the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announced the allocation of $7 billion of Federal NMTC authority. The Community Development Entities receiving this allocation are actively looking for projects to fund.

If you have or are aware of a project looking for federally subsidized funding, you may be in luck. Both real estate and operating business projects carried out by both for-profit and non-profit entities may qualify if located in a low-income community or if such business is owned by, employs, or serves low-income persons.

For more information, please see below and contact any one of our NMTC Team Leaders.

Helpful Links:
Allocation Awards
NMTC Program Description
NMTC Mapping Tool

Jones Walker NMTC Team Leaders:
Jonathan R. Katz  jkatz@joneswalker.com or 504.582.8314
Aileen S. Thomas athomas@joneswalker.com or 604.949.4751
Ronald A. Bell rbell@joneswalker.com or 513.830.0266
Michael A. Lee mlee@joneswalker.com or 401.296.1735
J. Marshall Page mpage@joneswalker.com or 504.582.8248

Lawlor Presents at Urban Land Institute

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The Urban Land Institute (ULI) also welcomed Stockton Williams, Executive Director of ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing to discuss national trends in the housing sector, and how they apply to communities in south Louisiana.

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 concomitant low-income housing tax credits.

Ms. Jackson’s panel discussed the importance of CRA to community development and how lawyers can assist clients in identifying opportunities to work with lenders and investors needing CRA credits.

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 needed. Rick also discussed the role affordable housing has played throughout this election year.

…it’s disappointing that housing, something so central to all of us, has received scant attention during the presidential race. But let’s face it: questions about candidate character and personality, not issues, have dominated this campaign.


Lawlor Published in Commercial Observer

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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.