Charles L. Edson

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.

What do you focus on?

Affordable Housing

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).

What do you see on the horizon?

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.


Charles L. Edson

Senior Counsel

Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8788

Fax: 202-585-8080

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.

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