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.

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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2018 - 2019 Nominations

The Nominations Committee is pleased to present the following slate of nominees for election and renewal to the Governing Committee of the Forum. The Membership vote on this slate of candidates will take place during our Annual Meeting (May 24, 2018) in Washington, DC. Thank you, Dina Schlossberg, Immediate Past Chair Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Chair, Nominating Committee

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Michael Scher Award

The ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law (the “Forum”) is extremely pleased to announce that Robert (Bob) S. Kenison is this year’s recipient of the Michael Scher Award. A long time public service lawyer with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), until his retirement in 2007, Bob continues his many contributions to the field of affordable housing and community development through the Forum and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

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Financial Scholarships

Financial Scholarships are now available.

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