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.

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Upcoming ABA meetings

The ABA takes the health and safety of our members and staff seriously. While the decision whether to attend a meeting is a personal decision based upon current health and consultation with medical professionals when appropriate, the ABA is monitoring a variety of sources, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, U.S. state and local health authorities, and, when appropriate, public health authorities in other nations, for the latest updates. As more is learned regarding the current conditions in a meeting location, the ABA will share information, make decisions, and update this statement regarding whether a meeting will occur. Unless listed below, all meetings will be held as scheduled.

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2020 Affordable Housing & Community Development Law Student Legal Writing Competition

2020 Affordable Housing & Community Development Law Student Legal Writing Competition

Winners will be announced soon.

Using Historic Credits in LIHTC Transactions Part II - Practice Tips & Case Studies

Using Historic Credits in LIHTC Transactions Part II - Practice Tips & Case Studies

April 30th | 1PM EST

Back by popular demand, Part II of this teleconference follows up on the well-received Part I which took place last fall. In case you missed Part I of the teleconference or are looking to build upon the materials discussed in Part I, this panel will cover structuring and closing a LIHTC/HTC combination deal. This panel will continue to discuss the unique issues that arise when pairing federal historic rehabilitation tax credits with federal low-income housing tax credits to rehabilitate an existing building, with an emphasis on tips for the LIHTC practitioner and case studies.

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2020 Michael Scher Award

As you may know, the Forum has established the Michael Scher Award in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Michael Scher, who served on the Forum Governing Committee from 1999 until his death in 2005. Michael also cochaired the Forum's Annual Conference in 2000 and 2001. Michael was an exceptional lawyer and individual, and this award represents the Forum’s efforts to perpetuate his memory. Click below to learn more,

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2020 Nominations Announcement

It is the time of the year when we are looking for applicants to join the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development for a two-year term (with up to two renewals) upon adjournment of the ABA Annual Meeting (August 2020).

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Chair's Message

I am so excited to be starting my year as Chair of the Forum. Having attended Forum meetings since 2005, its really meaningful to me to have the opportunity to serve our many wonderful and talented members.

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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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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