Current Issues in Affordable Housing in New York City

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm


Program Co-Chairs:

Daniel M. Bernstein
Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.

Jennifer Kubicki
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

  • This program will provide an inside perspective on the future of affordable housing in New York City.  Seasoned practitioners from the private and public sectors will discuss the role of the city, state and federal governments, in conjunction with for-profit developers and not-for-profit organizations, in building and preserving affordable housing. Participants will learn about the statutory, regulatory and business considerations underlying critical topics in affordable housing.

    Program Fee:
    $99 for Members | $199 for Nonmembers
    Government/Nonprofit/Academic/Judiciary: Free for Members | $70 for Nonmembers
    Small Law Firm Member & Non-Legal Professional: $40

    Members who are Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2018-2020), or In-House/Corporate Counsel attend this program for free.

  • Arlo Monell Chase
    Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Property Development
    Services for the UnderServed Inc.

    Meah Clay
    Director, Community & Economic Development Program
    Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A

    Canon Rev. Audley Donaldson
    St. Stephen & St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

    Barry Donaldson
    Barry Donaldson Architects

    Beth Hofmeister
    Homeless Rights Project
    The Legal Aid Society

    Scott Kohanowski
    Project Director
    Homeowner Stability and LGBT Advocacy
    City Bar Justice Center

    Jason Labate
    Goldstein Hall

    Emily Lehman
    Assistant Commissioner of Special Needs Housing
    NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

    Susannah Lipsyte
    Senior Vice President and General Counsel
    NYC Housing Development Corporation

    Sheila Martin
    Chief Operations Officer
    Housing Partnership Development Corporation

    Will Martin
    Deputy General Counsel
    NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

    James McSpiritt
    Chief Executive Officer
    Catholic Homes New York

    Molly Wasow Park
    First Deputy Commissioner
    Department of Homeless Services

    Giselle Routhier
    Policy Director
    Coalition for the Homeless

    Richard Singer
    Hirschen Singer & Eptstein LLP

    Martin Siroka
    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

    Randall Toure
    Senior Project Manager
    RiseBoro Community Partners

    Daniel Weisz
    Marans Weisz & Newman, LLC

  • 9 – 9:10 am
    Program & Plenary Speaker Introduction
    Daniel M. Bernstein & Jennifer Kubicki

    9:10 – 9:20 am
    Plenary Speaker

    9:20 – 10:20 am
    Panel I: History of Regulatory Agreements/City Policies
    and Priorities

    • Address historical regulatory policies and new/current priorities. The agenda will include rental and homeownership projects and to touch on fair housing issues and the new homeless set aside.
    • Q&A

    Susannah Lipsyte, Sheila Martin, Will Martin, Richard Singer, Martina Siroka, & Moderated by Daniel Weisz

    10:20 – 10:30 am

    10:30 – 11:30 am
    Panel II: Homelessness in NYC

    • Discussion of the history of the City’s policies to combat homelessness, current issues, and proposed solutions and available DHS and HPD Programs
    • Q&A

    Arlo Monell Chase, Beth Hofmeister, K. Scott Kohanowski, Emily Lehman, Molly Wasow Park, & Moderated by Giselle Routhier

    11:30 – 11:35 am

    11:35 am – 12:25 pm
    Panel III: Faith-Based Development

    • Case Study from Faith Based Organization Side
    • Case Study from Developer Side
    • Legal Issues and Concerns
    • Q&A

    Meah Clay, Audley Donaldson, Barry Donaldson,  James McSpiritt, Randal Toure & Moderated by Jason Labate

    12:25 – 12:30 pm
    Closing Remarks
    Daniel M. Bernstein & Jennifer Kubicki

  • New York: 3.5 Professional Practice
    New Jersey: 3.5 General
    California: 3.5 General
    Pennsylvania: 2.5 General
    Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

  • Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Housing and Urban Development, Daniel M. Bernstein and Jennifer Kubicki, Co-Chairs

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 |