Carrots and Sticks of Fair Housing
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Compare and contrast Westchester County’s HUD Fair Housing consent decree with New Jersey’s Fair Share approach, gleaning lessons to take back to other fast growing communities nationwide
Understand that the decision of low-income families to move to suburbs in search of better schools and safer streets is not cut and dry
Learn nuances of affordable housing development from perspectives of a planner, developer and architect
In light of a 2009 HUD consent decree, Westchester County (NY) is grappling with its fair housing mandate of building affordable housing in areas of opportunities while at the same time addressing NIMBYism at local levels – all this in the context of a home rule state. Emblematic of this struggle is a 28 unit affordable housing development in Chappaqua, NY. A similar debate is brewing across the Hudson in the Garden State, where the NJ Supreme Court recently stepped in to take over the charge of the Council on Affordable Housing – a state agency designed to allocate fair share of affordable housing in NJ’s 500+ municipalities. Across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, citizens are asking a familiar question – should we invest affordable housing in development starved inner cities or should we build them in the suburbs with safe streets and good schools? As New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania encounter state-wide shortages of affordable housing, there is no more critical time than now to find a democratic and equitable solution.
In this session, we will share perspectives from a balanced panel of affordable housing developers, planners and an architect. We will review case studies in the New York City and Philadelphia Metro areas spanning 3 states – New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In particular, we will review fair housing policies in Westchester County, New York and in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The intent is to provide participants unique insights into affordable housing development in the tri-state area and to equip planners with the proper tools to advocate for policies that affirmatively further fair housing.
, Pennrose Properties
Confirmed SpeakerJACOB FISHER Senior Developer Jacob Fisher joined Pennrose Properties LLC in 2006, and is responsible for leading the development process from concept to completion. He has extensive experience structuring complex real estate transactions, particularly those that combine tax credits with state, local, and private financing sources. Since joining Pennrose, he has established successful track record of working with partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to bring development projects to fruition. Mr. Fisher has secured financing and led several award-winning development teams to complete more than 600 units of new housing, with a total investment well in excess of $175,000,000. Product types have included large multi-phase townhouse redevelopments, new construction mid-rise, as well as mixed-income and mixed-use redevelopments. Prior to starting at Pennrose, Mr. Fisher worked at the Assistant Director for Policy for the Mayor of Philadelphia working on a large scale community development initiative. Mr. Fisher holds a BA from Wesleyan University and a MA in Government Administration, with a concentration in Public Finance, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government.
, Stephen Tilly, Architect
, Dobbs Ferry
Confirmed SpeakerStephen Tilly, AIA, LEED AP, principal of Stephen Tilly, Architect, graduated from M.I.T. with a Master of Architecture, following a BA (English Literature) from Grinnell College. After hands-on work as a general contractor, he did research, planning and urban design in Boston, Washington and New York. He became a partner in Design Coalition, an adventurous design firm that helped pioneer New York's historic Soho district in the 1970s and 1980s. With Elizabeth Martin, Mr. Tilly founded a mission-based studio in Dobbs Ferry focused on delivering high end design, especially targeting socially useful projects. The work since reflects a broad range of interests including affordable housing, historic preservation, low-impact environmental design and community planning. Frequent pro bono and grant-funded projects have made him familiar with the dynamics of non-profits. He has served on local land use committees and boards and is the Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Lyndhurst Historic Site. For the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Association for Preservation Technology, he has spoken and written on the essential connection between preservation and sustainability.
, Duvernay + Brooks, LLC
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerEmily Allison is a Managing Director of Duvernay + Brooks, LLC. Ms. Allison has been involved at every stage of the affordable housing development process, from inception and master planning through negotiating closing documents and working to a financial closing. As a developer and consultant, she collaborates with team members and clients to create and implement overall development strategies. Ms. Allison also creates program budgets and complex funding applications, negotiates business terms, and works with various governmental entities to secure necessary approvals. Ms. Allison has extensive experience in providing advisory services to public housing authorities. She also has significant experience with HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program; in 2014, she closed on one of the first cash-collateralized, tax-exempt bond RAD transactions.
, Wallace Roberts & Todd
Confirmed SpeakerTrained as an architect and a planner, Woo’s skill as an urban designer is rooted in his ability to move from the architectural scale of housing and mixed-use development to large-scale city planning. He brings an interdisciplinary perspective to all of his work, with an emphasis on understanding the economic, environmental and social issues of placemaking in the plans that he creates. Woo serves as project manager for WRT’s neighborhood design projects, housing master plans, Choice Neighborhood plans, and downtown plans. He holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree from University of California at Berkeley.