Monday, December 5, 2011

Big Week for affordable housing in the Big Apple

by Cynthia Adcock, National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy

The white-hot spotlights of New York City are shining on affordable housing, as national and local affordable housing leaders gather to be recognized for their work and commitment to the industry. They will be honored at the New York Housing Conference (NYHC) and the National Housing Conference (NHC) 38th Annual Awards Program, one of the largest gatherings of housing professionals in the nation, which will be held at the Hilton New York in Manhattan this Thursday, Dec. 8.

With more than 1,200 government officials and affordable housing leaders expected, this year's Awards Program will highlight the importance of affordable housing as a means to encouraging economic growth, job creation and recovery. It will also feature several symposiums designed to address some of the most pressing issues currently facing the affordable housing industry.

“This year’s theme of job creation and recovery is important for the entire industry as it really embodies everything about affordable housing-where the industry is going and how important it is to the economic recovery,” said Judy Calogero, CEO of the New York Housing Conference. “Not only are we creating affordable housing for people in need, but we are also creating jobs and enabling people to afford to live near where they work within their salaries.”

“Given the economic environment we face, the affordable housing industry needs to coalesce more than ever before to address the challenges and combine our limited resources,” remarked Dan Nissenbaum, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Housing Conference and Managing Director of the Urban Investor Group at Goldman Sachs. “The NYHC and NHC Awards Program is a great platform for convening different interest groups to talk about what’s best for the city, how different programs can work together, and how to develop affordable housing most broadly.” Read more at
You may purchase tickets online through Monday, December 5, at the door on Thursday, or by calling Dan Bianco at (212) 265-6530.

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