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Leveraging the Tax Code to Address Affordable Housing Supply

September 2, 2021

To increase affordable housing supply, we need to use all the policy tools available to us to address the multi-faceted issue that is affordable housing production and preservation. Several programs administered through the tax code have proven to be some of the nation’s most effective tools in facilitating investments in affordable housing.

With several tax credit proposals in Congress— the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, Neighborhood Homes Investment Act, and the DASH Act—this webinar, moderated by Linda Mandolini of Eden Housing, explored each of the bills: what they do, their potential impact, their status in Congress, and how to harness our collective efforts to include them in infrastructure reconciliation legislation.


Emily Cadik is the executive director of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC), where she leads advocacy to support affordable rental housing financed using the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit). Prior to joining the AHTCC, she was a senior director of public policy at Enterprise Community Partners, where she led policy and advocacy related to the Housing Credit and other affordable housing and community development issues. 
Peter Lawrence is director of public policy and government relations at Novogradac Consulting LLP. Prior to joining Novogradac Consulting LLP, Mr. Lawrence was the senior director of public policy and government affairs for Enterprise Community Partners where he led the execution of Enterprise’s policy and advocacy agenda.
Linda Mandolini is president of Eden Housing. In her role at Eden, Linda oversees affordable housing production, resident support services, and property management components of the organization, and a staff of more than 400 employees. She is guided in her work by Eden’s active volunteer board of directors. Linda is a leader in housing policy on the local, state and national level. She was one of the affordable housing leaders who worked tirelessly for the passage of California Housing bonds that collectively generated $10 billion for housing.
Steve PonTell is the chief executive officer and president of National CORE. In 1996, Steve founded the La Jolla Institute, a California-based nonprofit think tank that advances a better understanding of the critical elements necessary for both communities and corporations to achieve sustainable economic competitiveness. He is a nationally recognized authority on community development and creating forward-thinking organizations to maximize evolving market environments.
Benson F. “Buzz” Roberts is the president and CEO of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL). Before NAAHL, Buzz was the Director of the Office of Small Business, Community Development and Housing Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department from 2011 to 2015. He was previously senior vice president for policy and program development at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a leading nonprofit investor in low-income community development.

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