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.

2020 Virtual Boot Camp

October 26-30, 2020 | 11 AM EDT

This virtual conference will provide an introduction to a variety of topics relevant to the new affordable housing practitioner, including LIHTC, HUD, and tax-exempt bonds.

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The Color Of Law: A Forgotten History Of How Our Government Segregated America

Nov 17, 2020 | 12PM EST

Richard Rothstein, will discuss racial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the U.S. and bears responsibility for our most serious social and economic problems – it corrupts our criminal justice system, exacerbates economic inequality, and produces large academic gaps between white and African American schoolchildren. We’ve taken no serious steps to desegregate neighborhoods, however, because we are hobbled by a national myth that residential segregation is de facto—the result of private discrimination or personal choices that do not violate constitutional rights. The Color of Law demonstrates, however, that residential segregation was created by racially explicit and unconstitutional government policy in the mid-twentieth century that openly subsidized whites-only suburbanization in which African Americans were prohibited from participating. Only after learning the history of this policy can we be prepared to undertake the national conversation necessary to remedy our unconstitutional racial landscape.

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Fair Housing Webinar

December 8, 2020 | 11 AM EST

Changes in HUD fair housing and equal opportunity practices are among the most dramatic and controversial shifts in housing policy over the last several years. This webinar focuses three of the most recent and crucial revisions to policy: HUD’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration program, the final amendments to regulations defining the concept of disparate impact and discriminatory effect under the Fair Housing Act, and the repeal of 2015 rules implementing the obligation of HUD grantees to affirmatively further fair housing. The panelists are some of the nation’s most accomplished civil rights and affordable housing advocates. Presentations will include discussions of the rule changes, and in the case of the Mobility Demonstration, a description of the HUD requirements. Speakers will provide historical and policy contexts, assess the impact, and talk about emerging responses to HUD’s efforts.

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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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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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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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