Furman Center Policy Breakfast: How Private Should Public Housing Go?

News & Events | December 4th 2013

On Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, at NYU School of Law, the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy and the Moelis Institute for Affordable Housing Policy hosted a policy breakfast in the fall series, titled How Private Should Public Housing Go? Our panel brought together experts with broad and extensive experience working in and studying public housing to explore the extent to which the private sector should or could help preserve public housing across the country.

Panelists included:

  • Richard Baron, Chairman and CEO of McCormack Baron Salazar
  • Paul Graziano, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and Commissioner of the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Sandra B Henriquez, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Mary Patillo, Harold Washington Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University

The panel discussion was moderated by Ingrid Gould Ellen, Co-Director of the Furman Center.

This policy breakfast was the second in the Furman Center’s fall series on how local governments innovate to address critical policy issues. Panelists discussed the benefits and risks of private financing and private management of public housing, how these types of public-private partnerships can best be structured, and how public housing authorities can engage residents meaningfully in the planning process. 

For more information, see the event program and the presentation slides.

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