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May 18, 2021

Experts to discuss affordable housing issues resulting from COVID-19 at ABA meeting

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2021 — The American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law will convene its 2021 Annual Meeting virtually with legal, government and private housing experts to discuss the affordable housing crisis, including systemic racism and injustices in the housing industry.  

Experts will discuss public housing, homelessness, racial inequities, diversity and inclusion, real estate structures, elderly housing, fair housing and economic development.

What:  Forum on Affordable Housing & Community Development Law
2021 Annual Meeting (Virtual) Sponsored by the ABA
Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

When:  Thursday-Friday, May 20-21

Where: Online

The conference will feature three plenary sessions on Thursday:

 “Racial Inequities in Housing and Community Development,” Panelists will explore how housing and community development policies are impacted by racial inequities. Thursday, 11 a.m. EDT

“Plenary A: HUD Leadership Update” — This panel will discuss the latest legal developments in various U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs. Topics will include developments in Multifamily Housing, Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists include moderator George Weidenfeller, general counsel, Telesis Corporation; Damon Smith, principal deputy general counsel/acting general counsel with HUD; and Amy Brown, deputy general counsel for Housing Programs with HUD.

Thursday, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. EDT

“Plenary B: IRS & Treasury Discussions on LIHTC (Low-Income Housing Tax Credit) Issues” — Affordable housing representatives will discuss low-income housing tax credit issues. Some of the topics include proposed regulations on the Average Income Test, issues related to the new 4% minimum credit rate and filing of tax returns and COVID related extensions. Moderators: Glenn A. Graff, partner, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C., Chicago; and Jill Goldstein, partner, Kutak Rock, LLP, Omaha, Nebraska; Panelists: James Holmes, senior counsel, Branch 5, Passthroughs & Special Industries, Office of Chief Counsel, IRS; Dillon Taylor, attorney, Branch 5, Passthroughs & Special Industries, Office of Chief Counsel, IRS; and Michael S. Novey, associate tax legislative counsel, Office of Tax Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury. Thursday, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. EDT

A list of speakers for the conference can be accessed here.

The complete agenda can be found  here.

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or [email protected].

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