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.


  • “What's Ahead at HUD?,” 2020 AHF Live Summit, Webinar, November 17, 2020
  • “The Local and Federal Impact of COVID-19,” The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND), Webinar, June 25, 2020
  • “Federal Panel,” NYSAFAH Spring Virtual Symposium, May 14, 2020
  • “So-You Think You Know Section 8?,” 2020 NLHA Mid-Year Meeting, Indian Wells, CA, February 5, 2020 (moderator)
  • “Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD) Updates,” Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation: Affordable Housing Preservation Symposium, New York, NY, January 22, 2020 (moderator)
  • “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

JV Completes $53M Redevelopment of Bronx Senior Community

Multi-Housing News | August 06, 2020

This article on Fort Schuyler House, a 138-unit affordable senior housing community in the Bronx, mentions NP for the work of New York City Affordable Housing & Real Estate partners Joe Lynch and Meghan Altidor, and strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen representing the developer in the deal.

HUD Makes COVID-19 Relief Funds Available

Affordable Housing Finance | July 28, 2020

This article on the $224 million in supplemental payments that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is making available to owners of properties receiving project-based rental assistance links to New York City Affordable Housing & Real Estate counsel Kathie Soroka and strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen’s client alert on the topic.

Addressing the Threat of Homelessness

Affordable Housing Finance | June 23, 2020

In this article detailing progress and challenges that housing programs face in their fight against homelessness, New York City Affordable Housing & Real Estate strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen provides her perspective on why affordability remains one of the biggest challenges.

Key takeaways from HUD’s FAQs on COVID-19

Affordable Housing Finance | March 16, 2020

New York City Affordable Housing and Real Estate Strategic Policy Advisor Deborah VanAmerongen analyzes new COVID-19 guidance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for owners and managers of HUD-assisted housing.

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.

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.


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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