New and Old Dimensions on Affordable Housing


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11:00am CST on Friday, December 3, 2021
12:00pm CST on Friday, December 3, 2021

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New and Old Dimensions on Affordable Housing

Debates on affordable housing, in the US or elsewhere, often feature the role of the federal government to enable affordability, as they have the deepest pockets. But along with enabling affordability come rules and regulations on design, tenure, equity and accountability, and local government resistance. And, too often, delay or disappointment.

Howard Husock joins us on December 3rd, 2021 at 11 am CST for the first of what we intend to be a series of LAI global webinars on affordable housing from multiple perspectives. Howard will talk to us about his recent research on the checkered record of affordable housing supply in the US, the challenge of single family exclusionary zoning and a renewed call for ownership opportunities in provision of affordable housing, something he characterizes as ‘housing unreform’. 
Mr. Husock is a LAI member with the New York chapter, and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on municipal government, urban housing policy, civil society, and philanthropy.

Howard’s discussion will be followed by a brief response from Michael Klein, Phoenix LAI member and CEO of Freedom Financial Funds, LLC. Michael will share a west coast perspective from his volunteer experience building affordable ownership homes for lower-income veterans through Homes 4 Families (

Richard Cook from our Vancouver chapter will add a Canadian lens. Canada is being called to respond to housing unaffordability across the nation, nowhere more than in Vancouver. Richard will moderate the discussion and share his experience with a 3,000 unit project in one of Canada’s First Nation communities, as well as regional initiatives.

We are delighted to have Howard Husock open an LAI dialogue on this important topic, building on his just released book, “The Poor Side of Town, and why we need it.” Please join us on December 3rd from 9 to 10 PST for what we expect to be a very lively discussion.

Howard Husock

Senior Fellow

Howard Husock is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on municipal government, urban housing policy, civil society, and philanthropy.

Before joining AEI, Mr. Husock was vice president for research and publications at the Manhattan Institute. He has also been a director of case studies in public policy and management at the Harvard Kennedy School, a member of the board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and a journalist and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker.

Mr. Husock has been widely published in policy journals and the popular press, including in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe,


Michael Klein


Michael brings more than 35 years of experience in real estate, corporate finance and operations to Freedom.

He began his career at Union Bank in Los Angeles, where he completed the Management and Credit training program. He has worked for money center, regional and community banks, including Chase Manhattan Bank, Union Bank and China Trust Bank. Prior to starting Freedom, he co-founded and served as the COO for Partners Capital Solutions (PCS). As a fund manager, Michael has supervised the origination of over $1.5 billion in loans and returned just under 9% to his investors while suffering zero losses.

Michael serves on the board of Homes 4 Families, an organization dedicated to helping low-income veterans attain home ownership. He led the process to gain approval of the Warner Center 2035 Specific Plan, the largest plan in Los Angeles. Previously a professor at the USC’s prestigious Marshall School of Business, he holds a BS in finance from Cal State Northridge and a MBA from USC.


Richard Cook

Richard Cook, MCP, RPP, MLAI is a professional land use planning consultant based in Vancouver, Canada. Since 2010 Richard has advised the Tsawwassen First Nation on land use planning of all types in their seaside community, including 3,000 single family, townhome and apartment units, 2 million sf of retail, and a 300-acre large-format industrial site adjacent to Deltaport. Richard is a past-president of the LAI Vancouver chapter, and is Global Chapter Program Coordinator.