Affordable Housing and Historic Buildings


Affordable housing and historic buildings can co-exist and can be natural partners. This session will provide an overview of affordable housing in historic districts and highlight the tools that are used to rehabilitate buildings while providing affordable housing. A panel discussion will show how a government agency, a non-profit affordable housing agency, and a for profit developer approach these projects.

CE Credits:
Jul 16, 2022 8:30 AM

Ron Clewer

Ron Clewer became a Market President for Gorman & Company in March of 2019. Prior to joining the Gorman & Company, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, now Social Current, where he was responsible for operations of the National Operations Center in Milwaukee, WI and the Public Policy office in Washington DC. He was also charged with improving and advancing nonprofit human service sector outcomes through this strategic action network at a national scale.He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Rockford Housing Authority & Bridge Rockford Alliance, providing affordable housing, advancing workforce initiatives, and innovative supportive services to more than 7,000 families annually. Ron has more than 20 years of leadership experience and over 17 years of multi-use real estate development and asset management experience. Ron has been instrumental in developing creative community-building initiatives across the Midwest. He brings a vision and "can do" attitude to his work with a determination to merge the best practices for both private and public sectors. His passion lies in supporting quality; quality design, services and environments that cultivate and advance equity.With a Business Management degree from Benedictine University, he has received numerous awards for his leadership approach, pioneering community and neighborhood visions, affordable housing planning and operations, and legislative advocacy.

David Thompson

David Thompson joined the Model Group in 2005, and has held the positions of Project Manager, Development Manager, Director of Development, and Vice President of Affordable Housing. In his current position, Mr. Thompson serves as the point person for Model Property Development’s affordable housing development efforts in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana as well as the overseeing Model’s project managers on all LIHTC deals. Mr. Thompson has a passion for socially responsible business practices with a particular focus on urban neighborhood revitalization and sustainability issues. In his time at Model Group, Mr. Thompson has been responsible for closing over $300 million in LIHTC developments and producing or preserving over 2000 residential units. As the former National Program Director of Mission Year, a non-profit urban service and community development organization, Mr. Thompson brings invaluable expertise to Housing Credit deals in which Model Group partners with neighborhood agencies.

Mary Burke Rivers

Mary has been the executive director of Over-the-Rhine Community Housing since 1993, where she has excelled in creating and advocating for equitable access to housing for the past 25 years. Working in the largest historic district in Cincinnati, OTRCH has rehabilitated many historic buildings into affordable housing. They have also been the receipient of LIHTC and Historic Tax Credits to help their mission.


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