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.

Complex financing

I recently helped a client to acquire a site formerly used as a U.S. Army base, which is being developed into 60 housing units for homeless veterans. The site had been transferred under the defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) process. The complicated deal involved at least six different funding sources: 9% LIHTC; funding for mental health services; a loan from the county; grant funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank; an equity investment; a construction loan; a loan from the state agency that funds homeless services; and two forms of rental assistance, including Shelter Plus Care units and project-based Section 8 vouchers.

Structuring transactions

I regularly help clients structure complex affordable housing transactions. Recently, I worked with a client who successfully competed under an RFP offered by a large city housing authority for redevelopment of 325 units of affordable housing in a mixed-finance structure. I assisted the client in forming their team, including their architect, managing agent, general contractor, historic consultant and local nonprofit partner. This winning team worked with the housing authority, HUD and the local housing finance agency to close on the acquisition and rehabilitation of the first phase of this transaction, which is being funded with tax-exempt bonds, 4% LIHTC, historic tax credits and city and HUD subsidies.

What do you see on the horizon?

I envision a continued and enhanced emphasis on combining supportive services with affordable housing development, resulting in increasingly complex deal structures. I also see HUD continuing its emphasis on the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program to revitalize public housing developments.


  • “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 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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