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Hagan Inducted into Affordable Housing Hall of Fame

Joe Hagan and NEF board member, Helen Dunlap are among this year’s inductees into the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame.


The group of five will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at AHF Live: The Affordable Housing Developers’ Summit, Nov. 20-22, in Ch

October 2013  go.

No one grows up wanting to work in affordable housing.

Instead, people come to it through a series of sharp left turns to enter an eco-system of complex finance and high public service, stormy real estate and unwav ering hope.

Once inside, many find an opportunity to do good-doing good business that makes positive changes to communities.

Some stay for the long term. They demand new policies, imagine new housing models, and raise new capital to provide homes for the neediest.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE is recognizing five of these leaders for their longtime service and groundbreaking achievements by inducting them into the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are:

HELEN DUNLAP, National Equity Fund, INc. board member — Read feature

who has worked in community development for more than 40 years. After starting out as a young Head Start director, she turned her focus to housing, leading several organizations and serving as a deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

JOE HAGAN, National Equity Fund, inc. president & CEO — read feature 

who has been a leader in the low-income housing tax credit industry; try since the tax credit program began. President and CEO of National Equity Fund since 2000, Hagan has directed billions of dollars into the development of affordable housing.


who uses Wall Street dollars to provide safe and affordable housing for low-income families. Throughout his career, Levy has created innovative structures that recognize the value of affordable housing properties and match investment to that value.


who set the bar for housing finance agency administration while leading the housing tax credit programs in Michigan and California. Her passion for affordable housing continues at CohnReznick, where she assists developers, housing agencies, and others in the field.


who gives chronically homeless people housing without preconditions-they don’t have to prove they’re sober or properly medicated due to mental illness before they come off the street. His pioneering Housing First model has been tremendously influential in giving homeless people a foundation to improve their lives.