Four individuals who have been champions for the affordable housing industry at the local, state, and federal levels will be inducted into the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame this year.
Affordable Housing Finance’s 2015 inductees are:
Jim Chandler: Chandler has served four decades at the Virginia Housing Development Authority, starting as a construction cost analyst and moving through several positions until he reached the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) side. For the past 18 years, he has been the director of the state’s LIHTC program, which he has helped to shape and encourage green building. He will retire in February.
Sheila Crowley: President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), Crowley has worked to continue the organization’s mission of ensuring affordable and decent homes for the nation’s lowest-income households. She has grown the NLIHC’s staff, expanded the organization’s signature Out of Reach housing costs report to cover every county in the nation, and has been at the forefront of getting the National Housing Trust Fund enacted and funded.
Willie Jones: In his almost 30-year tenure at Boston-based The Community Builders (TCB), Jones has been instrumental in transforming neighborhoods across the country. As senior vice president, regions, he spearheaded the majority of the firm’s 15 HOPE VI developments, deployed $78.5 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 funds for TCB, and helped grow the nonprofit from a community development corporation to a national affordable housing developer and owner.
Bob Moss: Over his 30-year career, Moss has been a syndicator, an originator, a consultant to state housing finance agencies, and a champion on Capitol Hill for the LIHTC program. He joined CohnReznick as principal and national director of governmental affairs, where he heads the firm’s government relations efforts on affordable housing, in 2013. Prior to that, he had been senior vice president and director of origination at Boston Capital.
The inductees will be featured in the October issue of Affordable Housing Finance and will be recognized at AHF Live: The 2015 Affordable Housing Developers Summit, which will be Nov. 18-20 at the Fairmont Millennium Park in Chicago.