SAHF Board Members Weigh in On National Affordable Housing Challenges

In addition to the increased newspaper attention on the affordable housing challenges facing communities nationwide, several podcasts have also emerged focusing on the issue. Recently, SAHF Board Members Jane Graf, President and CEO of Mercy Housing, and Michelle Norris, EVP of External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at National Church Residences, participated in extensive interviews in two of these podcasts in which they discuss the history of their work, its current challenges, and where they see it going in the future.

The Leading Voices in Real Estate podcast series interviews some of the most successful, interesting, entrepreneurial people who shape our cities and the built environment. Host Matt Slepin gets to the personal side not often heard from these legends and visionaries, their career stories and advice, and their role in creating vibrant communities with character, beauty, and a high quality of life. In a recent episode titled "Alleviating Poverty Through Affordable Housing," Matt interviews Jane Graf, a leader in the affordable housing industry for over 35 years and now the President and CEO of Mercy Housing, one of the country’s largest nonprofit developers dedicated to revitalizing lives and neighborhoods. In this episode, they discuss the political stigma surrounding affordable housing, what we can learn from the Sisters of Mercy’s fearless business approach, and why local resources and organizations are crucial to the success of affordable housing models.

In Doorsteps, a podcast by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Dr. Cody Price discusses housing in the state of Ohio and the challenges Ohioans face in the place they call home. The first episode, titled "The Myths of Affordable Housing" dives into the myths surrounding affordable housing and how to overcome them. The second episode,  "The Senior Tsunami," discusses Ohio's aging population and the housing challenges they face. Both episodes feature interviews with National Church Residences' Michelle Norris.