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Creative Approaches to Preserving Affordable Housing

Thursday June 2006


Mercedes Márquez General Manager, Los Angeles Housing Department
Brad Lander Director, Pratt Center for Community Development

Introduction: Hon. Stephen Goldsmith, Director, Innovations in American Government Awards Program, Daniel Paul, Professor of Government, Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Lisa Mallory-Hodge, Managing Director, Policy and Consulting, Fannie Mae Foundation

In the battle for home affordability, the City of Los Angeles has been making the preservation of existing housing stock the focus of its efforts, proactively inspecting buildings on a regular basis to ensure compliance with health and safety codes. The Systematic Code Enforcement Program (SCEP) has leveraged the LA Housing Department’s inspection budget into approximately $1.3 billion of owner reinvestment in the city’s housing. Since SCEP started, LAHD has inspected more than 90 percent of the city’s multi-family housing stock and overseen the correction of more than 1.5 million habitability violations.

The enforcement program is the winner of the 2005 Fannie Mae Foundation Innovations in American Government Award in Affordable Housing. Featured speaker Mercedes Márquez will discuss the SCEP, as well as Los Angeles’ overall strategy of preserving existing, as well as developing new, affordable housing.

Director of the Pratt Center for Community Development Brad Lander, a former Fannie Mae Foundation James A. Johnson Community Fellow, will provide a New York City perspective on preservation and development.