Monica Hilton Sussman

Monica Hilton Sussman is a former deputy general counsel for HUD. She brings nearly 30 years of experience in affordable housing, Section 8 and FHA multifamily programs. Monica represents developers in all types of affordable housing transactions and continues her strong relationship with HUD headquarters and regionally.

What do you focus on?

Section 8

Much of my work involves helping clients preserve their properties to bring more value to the owners and the tenants. Owners and purchasers of older HUD-assisted or insured properties turn to me for advice on transactional and regulatory matters.

Legislative and policy

I’m in close contact with HUD officials as we work together to develop new policies to get deals done. These issues take me to Capitol Hill, state agencies and industry trade groups as well.

Industry leadership

Speaking and networking at industry events and educating developers, investors, lenders and other industry participants is also a priority for me. I enjoy connecting with others who are passionate about this work and meeting new entrants to the market.

What do you see on the horizon?

It appears that Congress will be squeezing funding for a long time and that means different things for different clients. Transforming and preserving public housing through RAD is part of the future.


  • “Understanding Rent Comparability vs. Rent Reasonableness,“ NLHA Virtual Mid-Year Meeting, February 3-5, 2021
  • “State of the States – Washington, DC Report,” 2021 CARH Virtual Midyear Meeting, Webinar, January 25, 2021
  • “IRHP 2020 Federal Election Update,” Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation, Webinar, November 19, 2020
  • “Section 8 Renewal Refresher,” NLHA's Mature Section 8 Project, Virtual Seminar, October 29, 2020
  • “HUD Workshop,” Texas Housing Conference Fall Virtual Segment, October 5, 2020
  • “HUD Hot Topics: Section 8, RAD, FHA Financing,” Novogradac 2020 Credit and Bond Financing for Affordable Housing Virtual Conference, October 2, 2020
  • “Washington DC Update,” Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation: Affordable Housing Preservation, Webinar, June 26, 2020
  • “Section 8 Rental Subsidy,” CARH 2020 Midyear Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 27, 2020
  • “Washington DC Update,” Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation: Affordable Housing Preservation Symposium, New York, NY, January 22, 2020
  • “What’s Next at HUD,” AHF LIVE! The Affordable Housing Developers Summit, Chicago, IL, November 18, 2019
  • “PHA Success; HUD Rent and Income Limits,” Novogradac 2019 Affordable Housing Conference: Using RAD and the LIHTC To Improve Communities, January 11, 2019
  • “Year 15 Dispositions,” Novogradac Credit and Bond Financing for Affordable Housing Conference, October 4, 2018
  • “Federal Housing Administration Multi-Family Housing Transactions,” Lawline CLE webinar, June 13, 2014.


Monica Hilton Sussman

Senior Counsel

Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8833

Fax: 202-585-8080

Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.

Syracuse University, B.A., cum laude

District of Columbia


Monica was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the field of Real Estate Law. Monica has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2018.

Monica chaired the Committee on Opinions and Administrative Procedures of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association and co‑chaired the ABA’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law 1997 annual meeting. She served as president of the National Housing Conference from 1997 to 2000. Previously, she has served as vice president and annual meeting chairperson of the National Housing Conference. She has also been actively involved in the National Leased Housing Association, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and The Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation. She has lectured frequently at business and industry meetings.
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