Five individuals who have shaped affordable housing by championing key policies, creating new models, and raising critical equity will be inducted into the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame this year.
Affordable Housing Finance’s 2013 inductees are:
- Helen Dunlap—Dunlap’s 44-year career in affordable housing and community development includes serving as deputy assistant secretary of multifamily programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the first Clinton administration. She has also been the founding CEO of the California Housing Partnership, head of two for-profit subsidiaries for ShoreBank Corp., and president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. She is an independent affordable housing and community economic development consultant.
- Joe Hagan—Hagan has been a leader in the low-income housing tax credit industry since the tax credit program began. President and CEO of National Equity Fund since 2000, he has directed billions of dollars into the development of affordable housing. Hagan has also overseen multifamily housing programs at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and launched the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing.
- Judd Levy—Levy spent four decades turning money from Wall Street investors into community development financing. During his career, he founded the Community Development Trust, the nation’s first real estate investment trust devoted to providing debt and equity for community development projects. He also served as deputy director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency and chairman of the board of directors for the New York Housing Finance Agency and the State of New York Mortgage Agency.
- Jeanne Peterson—Peterson set the bar for LIHTC program administration. She was central to a group of housing finance agency leaders who studied and put the tax credit program into action after it was established in 1986. Peterson has overseen the LIHTC programs at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee. A director at CohnReznick, she continues to be a leading LIHTC authority and is involved in housing policy.
- Sam Tsemberis—Tsemberis has changed the way we think about housing for the homeless. Founder of Pathways to Housing in New York City, he has championed the Housing First model, which helps homeless people by first addressing their lack of housing without any prerequisites for psychiatric treatment or sobriety. Enormously influential, Housing First has been embraced by housing officials and advocates.