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.