Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

This Forum's objectives are to: (1) serve as a clearinghouse for lawyers of information and programs related to affordable housing and community development; (2) serve as a coordinator of educational and training programs within the ABA for lawyers practicing in the area of affordable housing and community development; (3) during each Association year, hold one or more educational meetings; and (4) provide training programs focusing on new issues or ongoing concerns.

Fair Housing Update

Fair Housing Update

June 17, 2019 | 1 PM EDT

The reasonable accommodation obligation and Supreme Court's recognition of disparate impact claims under the Fair Housing Act have had a drastic impact on operating and managing affordable housing. The panel will discuss recent court decisions and HUD/DOJ guidance addressing reasonable accommodation and disparate impact claims and the impact on everything from assistance animals to criminal background screenings.

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Save The Date: Fall Boot Camp

Save The Date: Fall Boot Camp

October 17-18, 2019 | Denver, CO

Registration will open soon.

Chair's Message

Welcome to the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law (the “Forum”). It is a privilege to serve as the Chair for the 2018-2019 year. Practice in this area of law is often as challenging as it is rewarding and these are particularly challenging times. The demand for affordable housing is ever increasing, while the resources to meet those demands are not and the means to achieve significant results are increasingly complex. Increasing costs of affordable housing – relating to land, regulatory controls and materials impacted by tariffs, combined with labor shortages and budget constraints add to the issues and tensions which often need to be addressed by attorneys focused on the development, financing and management of affordable housing. Community and economic development activities, including the severe need for infrastructure improvements, disaster recovery and environmental concerns are just some of the other areas addressed by the Forum.

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Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

The Journal serves as a clearinghouse of information on programs related to affordable housing and community development law and provides training programs for lawyers and concerned laypersons.

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ABA Connect

This is a space for you to connect with other Affordable Housing Law members and committees through interactive discussions, content sharing, and much more.

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Michael Scher Award

You may submit recommendations for this award by April 12, 2019, by completing the attached Nomination Form and submitting it to Dawn R. Holiday of the ABA at dawn.holiday@americanbar.org. In addition to the information requested on the form, also please specify, to your knowledge: (a) candidate’s current position/employment, and the length of time, if known, that Candidate has practiced in the Field; (b) candidate’s past positions/employment; and (c) candidate’s volunteer activities, with bar associations or other organizations. Please contact Dawn, me, or our Forum Chair, George Weidenfeller if you have any questions regarding this award.

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Financial Scholarships

Financial Scholarships are now available.

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Committee membership offers you the opportunity to exchange ideas and gain insight from others who share your interests and expertise.

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