Month: June 2020

Helen Dunlap

Mark-to-Market and REAC: HUD Innovations Ep. 36 – When Helen Dunlap started at HUD she quickly discovered that 25% of  HUD’s multifamily portfolio was at risk for foreclosure. She was involved early-on in the innovations including mark-to-market and REAC, to save the program. Top Takeaways: The major problem of policymakers of creating the policy to …

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Joe Schiff

Banish the Blinders Ep. 14 – Joe Schiff, President of The Schiff Group which specializes in consulting with housing authorities on their problems and opportunities urges agencies to ‘take off the blinders’ and realize that excessive bureaucracy, duplication, and paperwork stifle efforts to help more people get housing. Top Takeaways: Why housing authorities need subsidies …

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Conrad Egan

Millennials! Power Up at the Local Level! Ep. 17 – Conrad Egan, directly involved in affordable housing for many years,  says, “The future of housing must change.” Conrad urges millennials to take power with local governments and push back against resistance to new approaches and an outdated affinity for the single-family home. Top Takeaways: The …

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Emil Frankel

Transportation Links to Urbanism Ep. 15 – Emil H. Frankel weaves the history of rail and auto transit, and their influence on where cities sprung up and the downstream effects on how and where people lived. They were not always positive, as some housing projects warehoused families with little to no outdoor space. Top Takeaways: …

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Rod Solomon

Creating Laws for Affordable Housing Ep. 35 – Rod Solomon emphasizes that both tragedies-the pandemic and the shocking events so starkly highlighting racial injustice-are cause for redoubling our efforts on many fronts, including achieving basic adequacy of housing-related assistance. Top Takeaways: How the Congress may be persuaded to make the Rental Assistance Program (RAD) a …

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Robert Embry

Leading Change in Baltimore Ep. 18 – Robert C. Embry Jr. discusses controversies and successes in his native Baltimore and how to address wider housing issues, such as what housing policies must do to improve quality of life and create strategies that build a sustainable community. Top Takeaways: The contribution of the urban policies in …

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Mayra Collazo

Devoted to Dance Ep. 19 – Mayra Collazo lives in Puerto Rico but travels through many countries like Italy, Spain, and the United States learning the history and culture of dance. She is passionate about expanding the dance culture into Puerto Rico. Top Takeaways: The value of a formal education that could intellectually develop the …

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