Charles Edson is a retired affordable housing attorney, who now lectures to business and professional organizations and trade associations—many of which he founded during his career—on housing topics. He also teaches a semester course on affordable housing at Georgetown Law.
My practice encompassed all phases of law relating to affordable housing development, finance and legislative efforts. Having previously served in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, I offered nuanced insights to my clients, who developed and financed important affordable and government-assisted housing across the U.S. I also advised on legislative matters relating to affordable housing, including the low-income housing tax credit.
Now that I have retired my legal practice, I focus my efforts on housing advocacy and outreach. I also travel and speak at national affordable housing industry conferences and events, such as the Institute for Professional and Executive Development (IPED).
Tax reform will determine how and if certain HUD programs will be funded in the coming years. We will continue advocating for these vital programs and financing mechanisms to preserve our affordable housing stock.
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1959
Harvard College, A.B., 1956
District of Columbia
Charles Edson has served as founding chair of the Forum Committee on Affordable Housing and Community Development of the American Bar Association. He is an adjunct professor of housing law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He currently serves as vice chair of the Maryland Historic Trust.