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Dana Roper



Dana represents nonprofit and for-profit owners in acquiring, constructing, developing, and preserving multifamily affordable and supportive housing. She works on all aspects of complex financing transactions, including acquisitions, tax exemptions, joint ventures, regulatory matters, and debt and equity financing.

What do you focus on?

Tax Credit Transactions

I frequently represent developers in transactions involving federal low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) and tax-exempt bonds, as well as a variety of subordinate funding sources. In addition to negotiating the financing aspects of these deals, I help developers navigate and combine multiple regulatory schemes in a single transaction.

Joint Ventures

Affordable housing transactions involving partnerships between for-profit developers and not-for-profit developers and/or public agencies are on the rise. I work with my clients to attain their goals for sharing both decision-making authority and risk with their joint venture partners. In particular, I have negotiated joint venture agreements for supportive housing transactions, transactions involving the redevelopment of property owned by faith-based organizations, and transactions involving the rehabilitation of public housing owned by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.

FHA & HUD

My experience as a former attorney for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gives me substantial knowledge and understanding of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) multifamily insurance programs. I often represent borrowers in closing loans insured by FHA. I also represent developers in securing regulatory approvals from HUD for financing transactions.

What do you see on the horizon?

As federal, state, and local entities continue to adjust to funding constraints, I look forward to working with clients in finding creative methods to finance affordable housing.

Publications and Presentations

  • “Affordable Housing Title Issues: Sticky Situations and How to Get Yourself Out of Them,” New York State Association of Affordable Housing Preconference, New York, NY, May 15, 2019 (Moderator)
  • “Current Issues in Affordable Housing in New York City – The Ins & Outs of New York City Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Transactions”, New York City Bar Association, New York, New York, May 9, 2019 (Program Co-Chair)
  • “Affordable Housing and Real Estate Update,” Long Island, New York, March 27, 2019 (Speaker)
  • “Faith-Based Development Panel,” Enterprise and Kingdom Faith Developers Faith-Based Development Initiative, Bronx, New York, March 21, 2019 (Panel member)
  • “The Rise of Faith Based Development” Panel, National Standard Abstract, Queens, New York, March 5, 2019 (Panel member)
  • “Faith-Based Development Panel,” Enterprise and Kingdom Faith Developers Faith-Based Development Initiative, Staten Island, New York, November 28, 2018 (Panel member)
  • “Joint Venture Workshop,” Enterprise and Kingdom Faith Developers Faith-Based Development Initiative, New York, NY, September 24, 2018 (Facilitator)
  • “A Closer Look at FHA Financing” Housing Issues in Focus, New York, NY, July 11, 2018 (Panelist)
  • “Faith-Based Development Panel,” Enterprise and Kingdom Faith Developers Faith-Based Development Initiative, Bronx, New York, April 24, 2018 (Panel member)
  • “The Federal Overlay: New York City Transactions,” New York State Association of Affordable Housing Preconference, New York, NY, May 15, 2018 (Moderator)
  • “The Latest Affordable Housing News: NY Supportive Housing Updates” Housing Issues in Focus, New York, NY, November 8, 2017 (Speaker)
  • “Beyond Policy: Nuts & Bolts of Doing Business with HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing” Housing Issues in Focus, New York, NY, October 27, 2016 (Moderator)
  • “What Borrowers Need to Know About FHA’s Revised MAP Guide,” Nixon Peabody webinar, June 15, 2016 (Speaker)

People on the Move

Affordable Housing Finance | February 10, 2020

This roundup of personnel moves in the affordable housing space highlights the promotions of Los Angeles Community Development partner Sonia Nayak, Washington, DC, Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Dara Newman Histed, and New York City Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Dana Roper, all of whom officially joined the NP partnership this month.

Movers & Shakers

The Deal | February 04, 2020

This column of notable executive moves in the legal industry included a write-up on the promotion of Nixon Peabody’s 2020 new partner class: Laura Bacon, Shariff Barakat, Katie Baynes, Robert Fisher, Kimberly Harding, Brian Mahoney, Sonia Nayak, Dara Newman Histed, Morgan Nighan, Chris Porzio, Rachel Pugliese, Dana Roper, and Peter Trimarchi.

Career Tracker: Lawyers on the Move

Reuters Legal | February 03, 2020

This roundup of personnel moves in the legal industry highlights the 13 members of Nixon Peabody’s 2020 new partner class: Laura Bacon, Shariff Barakat, Katie Baynes, Robert Fisher, Kimberly Harding, Brian Mahoney, Sonia Nayak, Dara Newman Histed, Morgan Nighan, Chris Porzio, Rachel Pugliese, Dana Roper and Peter Trimarchi.

Medford nonprofit, Jericho developer open housing for vets

Long Island Business News | November 21, 2019

This story highlights Nixon Peabody’s work on a deal to open a 135-unit supportive and affordable housing development for homeless veterans and low-income families in Brooklyn. Partner Aaron Yowell, partner-elect Dana Roper, and strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen, all of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate Group in New York City, were part of the deal team. Aaron is quoted in the article.

Contact

Dana Roper

Partner

New York

Phone: 212-940-3063


Harvard Law School, J.D.

Howard University, B.B.A.

New York

  • New York City Bar Association, Committee on Housing and Urban Development
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