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The NALHFA Affordable Housing Podcast highlights new and innovative affordable housing finance solutions by bringing together the nation’s leading housing finance experts, thought leaders, and decision makers.

There is no city, county, or state in the entire country where a minimum wage worker can find safe and acceptable affordable housing options. The affordable housing crisis has led to the shortage of over 7.2 million affordable rental homes available to low income families. NALHFA’s Affordable Housing Podcast will explore the reasons behind the housing crisis and how the industry can unite together to discover creative solutions to provide more affordable housing options across the country.


New episodes will be released monthly on the third Wednesday of every month. Subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, or SoundCloud so you don't miss an episode!




Episode 17: National Housing Trust, "Where Will We Live" Campaign
In this episode, Katelynn Harris speaks with Taí Coates, Campaign Media Organizer, and Moha Thakur, Public Engagement and Policy Associate, from the National Housing Trust about the "Where Will We Live" campaign.

Their conversation includes everything you need to know about the campaign, including why it started, what they hope to accomplish, and where you can find campaign resources.




Episode 16: National Housing Law Project, Disparate Impact

In this episode, Katelynn Harris speaks with Noëlle Porter, Director of Government Affairs for the National Housing Law Project, about the Disparate Impact rule. Katelynn and Noëlle's conversation includes the history of the Disparate Impact rule, the potential effects of the new proposed rule, and the grassroots activity in response to the proposed rule. 


Learn more about NHLP's campaign at




Episode 15: New York City HDC, 2019 Redevelopment Excellence Award Winner

In this episode, Jonathan Paine talks to Eric Enderlin, President of New York City Housing Development Corporation, about the ADC Genesis Year 15 Resyndication project, which was awarded the Redevelopment Excellence award at the 2019 NALHFA Annual Conference. Eric shared details about the creativity involved in financing the project, the community response to the project, and the diverse group of public and private partners that came together to make the ADC Genesis Year 15 Resyndication project possible.




Episode 14: Habitat for Humanity, Cost of Home Campaign

In this episode, Katelynn Harris speaks with Carley Ruff, Director of State and Local Relations for Habitat for Humanity International, about the Cost of Home campaign, Habitat for Humanity's first national advocacy campaign, launched earlier this year. Katelynn and Carley's conversation includes the goals of the campaign, recent successes in communities around the country, and what local housing finance agencies are able to do to participate.




Episode 13: City of Austin Neighborhood Housing, 2019 Multifamily Excellence Award Winner

In this episode, Jonathan Paine talks to Mandy DeMayo, Community Development Administrator for the City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development, about Aldrich 51, which was awarded the Multifamily Excellence award at the 2019 NALHFA Annual Conference. Mandy shared how the project is the result of a citizen-driven effort to redevelopment the former Robert Mueller Municipal Airport and is an example of an innovative partnership between Austin Housing Finance Corporation and DMA Development Company.




Episode 12: P.E. Moskowitz, How to Kill a City

In this episode, Katelynn Harris speaks with author P.E. Moskowitz about their 2017 book, How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality and the Fight for the Neighborhood. Katelynn and P.E. discuss the research that went into the book, the factors that lead to gentrification, and what cities can do to protect their residents from displacement.




Episode 11: Allegheny County, 2019 HOME Excellence Award Winner

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Jonathan Paine talks to Julie Collins, Housing Development Coordinator at Allegheny County Residential Finance Authority, about Forest Hills Veterans Housing, which was awarded the HOME Excellence award at the 2019 NALHFA Annual Conference. Julie is joined by Ron Ciotti, Senior Housing Developer at ACTION-Housing, and Allyson Holtz, Executive Director of Operation Valor Arts, to discuss how the project was developed and the many ways it will support veterans and seniors in the community.




Episode 10: National League Of Cities, Homeward Bound

In this episode, Katelynn Harris is joined by Jim Brooks and Mike Wallace, primary authors of the National League of Cities' recently released housing report titled Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing. Jim and Mike talk about the Housing Task Force that oversaw the report, housing innovations from cities across the country, and policy recommendations for the federal, state, and local levels to address the affordable housing crisis.




Episode 9: HFA of Pinellas County, 2019 Multifamily Excellence Award Winner

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Kathryn Driver, Executive Director of the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County, joins Jonathan Paine to discuss the Palms of Pinellas, which was awarded the Multifamily Excellence award at the 2019 NALHFA Annual Conference. Kathryn describes how public and private organizations came together to provide much needed affordable workforce housing in Pinellas County.




Episode 8: Rachel Reilly, Economic Innovation Group

In this episode, Rachel Reilly, Director of Impact Strategy for the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), joins NALHFA Policy Director Katelynn Harris to discuss Opportunity Zones. Rachel brings insight from the front lines of economic development and shares how communities across the country are using innovative financing and impact investing to address local needs.




Episode 7: Emily Cadik, Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act

In this episode, Emily Cadik, Executive Director of The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, joins NALHFA Policy Director Katelynn Harris to discuss the recently introduced Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (AHCIA).

Emily shares details about the key provisions of the AHCIA, the impact the bill would have on affordable housing production, and tips for NALHFA members when advocating for the bill.




Episode 6: SETH, 2019 Single-Family Excellence Award Winner

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Rhonda Mitchell, Single Family Program Manager with Southeast Texas Housing Finance Corporation, discusses the SETH/Freddie Mac Lender Training Webinar Series, which was awarded the Single-Family Excellence award at the 2019 NALHFA Annual Conference. Rhonda describes how the webinar series leverages key partnerships to fill a critical need in Texas. She also shares how HFAs around the country can leverage industry partners to adopt a similar educational model to their local communities.




Episode 5: John Burns, John Burns Real Estate Consulting

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, real estate expert John Burns discusses trends in the homebuilding industry and his insightful analysis will help NALHFA members understand recent changes and know what to expect from the market moving forward. John is the founder and CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, which he started to help business executives make informed industry investment decisions. He is also the co-author of the best-selling book Big Shifts Ahead: Demographic Clarity for Businesses.




Episode 4: Elizabeth Strojan, Affordable Housing Advocacy

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Elizabeth Strojan, Vice President of Government Affairs at New York City Housing Development Corporation and Chair of NALHFA's Legislative Committee, discusses strategies for engaging Members of Congress and advocating for affordable housing programs. Whether you are new to affordable housing advocacy or a seasoned expert, Elizabeth offers helpful advice to make sure your voice is heard.


April 22 marks the beginning of National Community Development Week, which is an opportunity to educate your local community and elected leaders on the importance of affordable housing programs such as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships programs.



Episode 3: Trio, Lease-to-Own Programs

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Darryl Lewis, Managing Director at Trio, talks about Trio's unique lease-to-own programs. For families who are on the threshold of qualifying for home financing options, Trio's programs provide an opportunity to build equity to use toward a down payment when they are ready to buy. With a variety of homeownership counseling options, Darryl discusses what makes Trio special and how Trio can partner with NALHFA members to increase access to homeownership.



Episode 2: Nevada Rural Housing Authority, Home At Last

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Diane Arvizo, Director of Homebuyer Services for the Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA), talks about NRHA’s award winning Home At Last program. The Home At Last program uses innovative ideas to connect Nevadans with affordable, safe and comfortable housing solutions that are right for them. Through this program they provide everything from homebuyer education to pet adoption assistance. Their mission is to promote, provide and finance affordable housing opportunities for all rural Nevadans – and it’s at the heart of everything they do!




Episode 1: New Markets Tax Credit Program

On this first episode of the NALHFA Affordable Housing Podcast, NALHFA Policy Director, Heather Voorman is joined by longtime member Norm McLoughlin of McLoughlin & Associates for a discussion on the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program. NMTC is a program of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and incentivizes community development through the use of tax credits to attract private investment to distressed communities. Tune in to learn how this underutilized resource can be used for a number of development projects including affordable housing. 


















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