Deborah VanAmerongen

Deborah VanAmerongen is a strategic policy advisor in Nixon Peabody’s Affordable Housing practice group. She works with attorneys in the firm and clients, including developers, owners, managers, and funders to craft creative solutions to issues relative to affordable housing development and preservation.

What do you focus on?

Affordable housing transactions

I focus my practice on complex affordable housing transactions, including those that entail interaction with several governmental agencies and numerous funding sources. I also introduce clients to new opportunities and markets and build partnerships between clients and community groups where that partnership will facilitate the success of a transaction.

Uniquely positioned to assist our clients

Our New York Affordable Housing team, representing both transactional and regulatory experience, has worked with developers who are partnering with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to redevelop its existing public housing and build new affordable housing on sites made available by NYCHA. The unique combination of our deep regulatory understanding (including HUD policies and programs) and years of experience closing complex affordable housing financial transactions has put us in the center of this growing part of the New York affordable housing industry.

Staying at the forefront of developments in housing policy

Our firm has always placed a strong emphasis on staying ahead of developments in affordable housing policy at the city, state and federal levels.  Through my role on the Executive Committee of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) and on the Board of the Supportive Housing Network of NY (SHNNY), along with the roles that several of the other practitioners in our firm have with other national and local housing advocacy organizations, we are able to stay in the forefront of policy discussions with the various governmental agencies. This enables us to better advise our clients and spot opportunities and risks that may impact their business.

What do you see on the horizon?

The extraordinary demand on the resources available from New York City and New York State housing agencies has forced ever more creative deal structuring, and these challenges will continue for the foreseeable future. I believe there will be a continued and enhanced emphasis on combining supportive services with affordable housing development. I also see HUD and NYCHA continuing its emphasis on the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD and PACT) program to revitalize public housing developments.


  • “Federal Update," NYSAFAH, Rochester, NY, September 25, 2019
  • “State Rent Regulation Changes: What Affordable Housing Developers Need to Know,” NYHC Housing Marketing & Rent Law Policy Symposium, New York, NY, September 10, 2019
  • “Repositioning/Restructuring/Refinancing Your Section 202/PRAC Properties,” LeadingAge 56th Annual Convention & Exposition, Orlando, FL, July 24, 2019
  • “Do you have a HUD 202 Problem?” CHAM 2019 Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, June 19, 2019
  • “The RAD Revolution,” NCSHA Housing Credit Connect 2019, San Francisco, CA, June 13, 2019
  • “A New Opportunity for Section 202 PRAC Properties”, New York, NY (May 29, 2019), Latham, NY (May 30, 2019), Rochester, NY (June 5, 2019)
  • “Washington Update,” NYSAFAH 20th Annual New York State Housing Affordable Housing Conference, New York, NY, May 16, 2019
  • “RAD Conversions: Lessons learned and existing challenges,” NLHA 2019 Mid-Year Meeting, Naples, FL, January 31, 2019
  • “Transforming Public Housing to the Section 8 Platform,” Novogradac 2019 Affordable Housing Conference: Using RAD and the LIHTC To Improve Communities, Miami Beach, FL, January 10, 2019
  • “Recent Trends in Affordable Housing,” New York Affordable Housing Summit, New York, NY, November 15, 2018
  • “Affordable Housing and HUD issues,” AHF Live!, Chicago, IL, November 13, 2018

Mod rehab and RAD: The time might be now

Affordable Housing Finance | June 10, 2019

New York City strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen and Washington DC partner Nate Cushman, both of the Affordable Housing and Real Estate practice group, co-wrote this contributed article highlighting opportunities under HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program.

10 takeaways from AHF Live

Affordable Housing Finance | November 15, 2018

New York City strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen, of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate practice group, says the new leadership of the House Appropriations Committee is likely to push the Department of Housing and Urban Development for additional financing for affordable housing.

Maintaining quality in affordable housing

Capital Tonight | September 26, 2018

New York City Affordable Housing & Real Estate senior strategic advisor Deborah VanAmerongen was a guest on Spectrum News’ “Capital Tonight” newscast for a panel discussion on affordable housing in upstate New York.

Above & Beyond: Honoring 30 of New York’s Most Remarkable Women

City & State New York | March 26, 2018

New York City affordable housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen has been named one of the New York’s most remarkable women for her work on housing policy.

NYCHA on the brink

Affordable Housing Finance | March 26, 2018

New York City affordable housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen provides thought leadership on New York City and state funding for public housing.

An open letter to Dr. Ben Carson: Nixon Peabody’s Deborah VanAmerongen shares her thoughts for the next HUD secretary

Affordable Housing Finance | January 03, 2017

In this open letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary nominee Dr. Ben Carson, New York City affordable housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen shares her insights on working with HUD and advice for the future.

2017 predictions: What’s ahead for the affordable housing industry?

Affordable Housing Finance | January 03, 2017

This story focuses on the 2017 affordable housing industry outlook. New York City affordable housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is quoted discussing the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

Industry leaders cautiously optimistic post-election

Affordable Housing Finance | November 20, 2016

New York City Affordable Housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is quoted in this article about impacts the election may have on the New York City affordable housing industry. In the article, Deborah emphasizes that President-elect Trump knows real estate finance, is from New York, and likely understands the importance of affordable housing programs.


Deborah VanAmerongen

Strategic Policy Advisor

New York

Phone: 212-940-3054

Fax: 866-587-8709

State University of New York, Rockefeller College, M.P.A.

Syracuse University, Utica College, B.S.

Deborah is a member of the board of editors for Affordable Housing Finance magazine, and served as the co-chair of the National Council of State Housing Agencies’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Task Force. She serves on the boards of the Housing Advisory Group, the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, and the Supportive Housing Network of New York. She is also a participant in the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association and the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition.

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