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Jeff Sacks is a leading community development attorney. His clients include large community development corporations, senior housing providers and housing authorities as well as a variety of large institutional service providers. He often represents nonprofit organizations that are embarking on major real estate projects that allow their organizations to deliver their services in new and innovative ways.

What do you focus on?

Low-income housing tax credits and historic rehabilitation tax credits

I assist my clients in using federal low-income housing and historic tax credits to develop affordable housing and mixed-use developments. Given the multiple funding sources necessary to complete any project today including federal resources from HUD as well as state and local funds, I work with our developer clients to assure that all of these funders work together to allow for the successful completion of these projects with the most efficient deal structure.

New markets tax credits

Some of my largest and most complex projects have involved substantial investments in very poor communities utilizing the new markets tax credit program. These projects, which have included major new urban medical centers, a supercomputing project as well as smaller educational facilities, can be the catalyst for additional neighborhood investment and substantial job creation.

Public housing

I have worked with a range of public housing authorities in the transformation of some of the most outdated public housing projects in the Commonwealth into new and vital communities that continue to serve their low-income residents. I served as a public housing authority commissioner for more than twenty years, and in 2013 worked on new legislation in Massachusetts to modernize and reform the Commonwealth’s public housing system.

Nonprofit organizations

Much of my work involves advising nonprofit boards of directors about the most efficient and effective legal and financial approaches to fulfilling their corporate missions. A central part of my work is framing the legal options and documentation to boards of directors.

Community preservation

I served as the first chair of the Newton Community Preservation Committee and have worked with that program for more than ten years. This unique state and local partnership provides funding exclusively for community housing, open space preservation, historic preservation and recreation facilities in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.

What do you see on the horizon?

I am working on new types of joint ventures among nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies to improve the delivery of housing and other community services. In a period of dwindling direct government support for community development activities, consolidation of services and the creation of new service delivery models are crucial with organizations working together in new ways.

Media Clips

  • Viewpoint: New housing resources generated through bonds
    Boston Business Journal | April 29, 2016
    Boston affordable housing partner Jeff Sacks authored this op-ed about the lack of affordable rental housing in Massachusetts.
  • Tax Credits Bring Updated Housing to Boston Veterans
    Journal of Tax Credits | October 1, 2015
    This feature story highlights the New England Center for Homeless Veterans’ (NECHV) efforts to rehabilitate an existing apartment community serving formerly homeless and at-risk veterans in Boston. Affordable Housing partner Jeff Sacks is quoted in the piece and noted as development counsel and key player in structuring the financing.
  • Fair housing case may push 'disparate impact' limits
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | September 21, 2015
    Boston Affordable Housing partner Jeff Sacks provides commentary in this article discussing the decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to hear an appeal that could be a national test case probing the limits of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision validating fair-housing claims on a “disparate impact” basis.
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  • Lawyer's long history with Center for Homeless Veterans hits new high
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | June 21, 2015
    Nixon Peabody’s efforts in a recapitalization project for the New England Center for Homeless Veterans are featured in this article. Boston Affordable Housing partner Jeff Sacks led this complex real estate transaction, which includes Historic Tax Credits as well as affordable housing components.
  • Ex-Chelsea Office McLaughlin's Sentencing Postponed
    Boston Globe | June 15, 2013

    This coverage highlights Nixon Peabody's pro bono representation of the Chelsea Housing Authority as it seeks restitution against its former executive director, who has already pled guilty to fraud charges. Nixon Peabody’s legal team includes Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Bill Codinha and associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, Affordable Housing partner Jeff Sacks, counsel Neil Moynihan, and paralegal Joanne Sylvester.




Jeffrey W. Sacks