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40 minutes | a day ago
Ep. 58 - Norman McLoughlin: Creative Real Estate Financing Podcast
Norm McLoughlin is a master of creative real estate financing in the public sector. Whether it is tax exempt bonds, tax credit, or federal, state or local funds, Norm has experience in all of them! As President of the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies or Director of the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority, Norm has created thousands of jobs and added millions of dollars to the tax rolls. He explains the differences in financing and developing much-needed affordable housing in rural areas, along with the Self-Help Homeownership Program which became the largest program of its type in the Northwest. www.TrailBlazersImpact.com
43 minutes | 8 days ago
Ep. 57 - Joseph Shuldiner: Engage the Residents
Can you imagine managing a 500K+ subsidized housing unit program with 10,238 employees? How about 9.375 units plus 58,000 families in the Section 8 program? Joseph Shuldiner is the only executive director in the country to manage three behemoth housing authorities! He was HUD’s Assistant Secretary of Public and Indian Housing, and he was a turnaround agent for the Chicago Housing Authority. Hear what it is like to manage enormous government agencies – and thousands of staff members. All under public scrutiny. Joe says the key to it all is to engage the residents, understand the concept of service, work to make people’s lives better. www.TrailBlazersImpact.com
46 minutes | 15 days ago
Ep. 56 - David Stevens: Close the Diversity Gap in Housing Podcast
David Stevens believes in a better and diverse America, a country where the economic gap is less wide and both the majority and the minority have safe affordable places to call home. The only way to do that is to close the diversity gap in housing. He believes in the creation of inclusive policies that give access to each group. David knows what he’s talking about. David Stevens is President and CEO, Emeritus, of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). www.TrailBlazersImpact.com
39 minutes | 22 days ago
Ep. 55 - Bryan Greene: Racial Bias in Housing
Bryan Greene knows what discrimination looks like, especially in housing. But how do we end racial bias in housing so that housing is equally available to everyone? Bryan handled many discrimination cases while he managed HUD’s fair housing policy and practices. He lets us know what the current impediments are to prevent discrimination today in both rental and sales housing. His chapter two takes him to the National Association of Realtors with a mission to educate and promote fair housing within the real estate industry. You will be fascinated by what has succeeded and failed in the area of discrimination from sunset towns to communication today about diversity and inclusion.
38 minutes | a month ago
Ep. 54 - James Stockard: Housing Is a Right, Not a Privilege
“It’s time to ensure that no American has to worry about where they and their families will sleep tonight.” James Stockard, referred to as Jim, feels affordable housing should be a right, not a privilege. He links the lack of affordable housing to social justice. He defines the inadequacy of affordable housing in the United States as directly tying into racial and class biases. Jim has been involved in housing on many levels. In 2019, he delivered a lecture in Glasgow for the UN Economic Commission for Europe conference on city living. He was also a visiting lecturer in Shanghai China. As a principal for over 25 years with the Cambridge-based consulting firm Stockard & Engler & Brigham, he has worked with nonprofit groups and public agencies across the country on such issues as affordable housing development, property management, neighborhood revitalization, and supportive service planning. He has been involved in public housing take-overs and cost studies. www.TrailBlazersImpact.com
34 minutes | a month ago
Ep. 53 - Mark Willis: Revival of Cities
Mark Willis’s life work is about stabilizing and revitalizing cities, with a strong focus on New York City, but creating theory and systems which would work throughout the country. He feels it is crucial to bridge between theory and practice when it comes to providing affordable housing and community development. He discusses the need for inclusion and equality when reviving neighborhoods in legacy cities. Find out how the affordable housing sector is reinventing New York by transforming hotels and office space into residential space. Hear his thoughts on Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac as they relate to multifamily housing.
52 minutes | a month ago
Ep. 52 - David Smith: Part 2 The Affordable Housing Guru Reveals the Future
Walk through a detector into a commercial building and be safe! Retrofit your house and be safe! Install an app that will let you know when someone with COVID is within your range. David Smith, the affordable housing guru, reveals what the future can look like. He has come up with a healthy secure housing concept that supports healthy living after the COVID-19 reopening. He has created concepts that explain the essentiality of housing and establishing health-secure environments, especially in multifamily dwellings. A fascinating interview revealing the “why not’s” available to us!
40 minutes | a month ago
Ep. 51 - Gerald Benoit: The Guru of Housing Vouchers
Meet Gerald Benoit, referred to as Jerry, one of the icons from the 1970s and a member of the Academy of Housing and Communities. He started out by directing a Section 23 Leased Housing program for the department of HUD where he kept moving up to become a special assistant to the office of public housing. He then became deputy director of the office of Indian housing. His biggest role, however, was director of the existing housing division where he oversaw the national implementation and management of the ongoing operations of Section 8 rental voucher, certificate and moderate rehabilitation programs through HUD offices assisting 1.5 million households with an annual budget of 7 billion dollars. This program has grown to be the largest subsidized housing program in the country.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep. 50 - DeeDee Strum: Making her Mark as a Black Woman in Community Development
Meet DeLois Strum, referred to as DeeDee, a 40+ year entrepreneur, a public speaker, an affordable housing advocate, and is currently involved in offshore wind as a renewable source of energy. DeeDee has worked in the housing & community development industry as both a housing professional and volunteer at the national level where she previously chaired the national Section 8 Committee of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. She previously worked in the public sector, having served two terms as Executive Director of the Indiana State Housing Board; an appointment she held under two governors. DeeDee founded her company in 1981, M.D. Strum Housing Services, Inc.-a professional services firm specializing in the planning for neighborhood revitalization, commercial and real estate development, strategic planning, public-private partnerships, homeownership, entrepreneurial program initiatives for public housing authorities and community development corporations.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep. 49 - Carla Hills: Former U.S. Trade Ambassador and HUD Secretary
What would it be like to be responsible for negotiating a trade agreement with China or Japan or any other world country? Imagine yourself about to take a high-level job with the Federal government when the news came on about the Saturday Night Massacre. Carla Hills takes us on a journey through her very interesting life, working directly with several United States Presidents. Carla A. Hills is a high-profile, powerful woman, having been U.S. Trade Ambassador under President Bush Senior and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary under President Ford, the first woman to serve in that position and the third woman cabinet member. She also served as Assistant Attorney General in the Civil division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Ambassador Hills is now the chairman, and CEO of Hills and Company, specializing in international strategy and trade consultants. The firm provides advice to US business on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep. 48 - Bruno Fulda: A French Global Change Agent
Bruno Fulda is a Frenchman who is determined to bring real change on a global scale. He believes in regulated capitalism’s interface with climate change and why fighting poverty and inequality are some of the most important issues today. He discusses how sustainable development will address some of the global major problems. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Housing which he got interested in after meeting the founder Mr. Kent Watkins. Bruno is a Member of the High Council for Environment and Sustainable Development of France, which advises the French government on Ecology, Energy, Transportation, Sustainable Development, Climate, and Biodiversity. A French civil servant with financial, legal, and technical background, Mr. Fulda has had responsibilities in the fields of public affairs as well as the private sector. He started his career in line with his passion for aviation as an advisor to French Transport Ministers and then the chief economist and planner of an airline and is a pilot himself today.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep. 47 - Judith Hermanson: Smart City. Just City.
Judith Hermanson, President and CEO of IHC Global, brings a Smart City. Just City initiative to increase inclusiveness and equity in cities across the globe. The Smart City. Just City. Initiative will develop and advance a policy framework that uses smart city techniques to attain a just city vision of an equitable, inclusive, and participatory urban reality. Having worked in 50+ countries, she knows the challenges ahead but is convinced it can and must be done.
24 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep. 46 - Shel Shreiberg: Challenges? Not Me!
Shel Schreiberg considers himself very lucky for not experiencing any challenges during his career in the affordable housing sector. He is also very modest in all the projects he and his team members contributed to bringing to fruition. He believes in the power of tax credits in ensuring and sustaining affordable housing for the past several years when public housing development has been nonexistent. Shel Schreiberg is a nationally recognized expert on affordable housing and works primarily in the lending, tax, housing, real estate, and policy development areas.
22 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep. 45 - Jack Sullivan: The Good Fight
Meet John H. (“Jack”) Sullivan – if it’s part of his passion – watch out! If he wants something enough, he’ll fight for it until he gets it! He tells about his activism in many arenas – internationally in 65 countries, as head of USAID’s Bureau for Asia and Pacific, in the Green Revolution, in family planning, and even in water outflow in his own city. In 1978 he was awarded USAID’s Superior Honor Award for “outstanding leadership in the areas of equal opportunity and affirmative action,” for his appointment of women and minorities to executive positions.
50 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep. 44 - Marcia Blum: Omaha's Tireless Giver
Marcia Blum is a retired social worker and mental health therapist whose professional career included pioneering open adoption, hospice care and grief programs. She has worked in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She has been in the front lines of hospitals, adoption agencies, state legislatures, universities, and hospice agencies. She is a certified yoga instructor who regularly practices yoga and mindfulness. Currently she advocates against sex trafficking and is active in a Tri-Faith community, a unique collaboration of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. She provides a great description of open adoptions.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep. 43 - Stockton Williams: State and National Role in Housing
Stockton Williams is Executive Director of the National Council of State Housing Agencies. NCSHA’s state housing finance agency members have delivered nearly $500 billion in financing to make possible the purchase, development, and rehabilitation of more than 7 million affordable homes for low- and moderate-income households. He feels there will be a rise in delinquency and defaults in the housing sector and a stress in the viability of the existing affordable housing stock. He stresses the need for innovation in housing.
21 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep. 42 - Malcomb Peabody: Freedom of Choice
Malcolm ‘Mike’ Peabody’s life has been founded on giving people the freedom of choice. He is known as the man who reinvented Public Housing. Working for HUD Secretary George Romney, Malcolm Peabody helped launch the creation of Housing Choice Vouchers, one of the few anti-poverty programs with enduring bipartisan support. Listen as he tells stories of the Peabodys and how they impacted civil rights. Also hear his championing of charter schools.
33 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep. 41-Joyce Cowin: Never Stop Learning
Joyce Cowin of New York City is a 90-year-old Fellow of the Academy going on 55. She never ceases to amaze those around her with her activities and achievements. Her last 40 years have been mainly spent as a sparkplug on various boards and philanthropic ventures, through the Joyce and Daniel Cowin Foundation that includes funding New York Historical Society's Center for Women's History, Columbia University Teachers College's Cowin Financial Literacy Institute, Heritage School and many other philanthropic endeavors. Listen in to hear the wonderful history she and her late husband created both in their professional and personal lives. You will also hear her contribution to helping children and women be at a better place with education and professionally.
84 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep. 40 - Dwight Ink: The Indiana Jones of Public Administrators
One of the best storytellers ever, the 97-year-old activitist has had a fascinating life! Dwight Ink's government career serving seven Presidents is magnificent! A farm boy who couldn't afford shoes ferreted out corruption in Fargo, changed government personnel policies still in effect today as civil service, and was kidnapped in the cocaine fields. Dwight's management career spanned the Atomic Energy Commission, the newly formed HUD, the Office of Management and Budget, the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Community Services Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency. This is a "MUST LISTEN."
36 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep. 39 - James W Loewen: Racial History and Sundown Towns
James Loewen's gripping retelling of American history as it should, and could, be taught, Lies My Teacher Told Me, has sold more than 1,500,000 copies and continues to inspire K-16 teachers to get students to challenge, rather than memorize, their textbooks. Jim Loewen taught race relations for twenty years at the University of Vermont. Previously he taught at predominantly black Tougaloo College in Mississippi. He now lives in Washington, D.C., continuing his research on how Americans remember their past. Hear about sundown towns and their effects.
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