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Jones Walker LLP Launches Affordable Housing Blog
June 23, 2015


 Jones Walker LLP Launches Affordable Housing Blog

NEW ORLEANS, June 23, 2015 – The law firm of Jones Walker LLP is pleased to announce the launch of Building Our Block (, a blog dedicated to providing updates and analyses of events impacting the affordable housing and community development industries.

The firm's housing and community development team will offer readers the latest information on key topics such as the New Markets Tax Credit program, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other community development and housing issues. The blog will also focus on financing of affordable housing development, acquisition and redevelopment and issues involving supportive, public, and assisted housing. Blog posts will also discuss innovative financial structuring and market trends, state and local tax credits, and other subsidies.

"We wanted a way to communicate the latest news in the affordable housing and community development arena and the blog was the ideal way for us to do this in real time," said Rick Lazio, leader of the firm's Affordable Housing Industry Team.

The blog's editorial team includes:

  • Rick A. Lazio, leader of the firm's Affordable Housing Industry Team and former U.S. Representative from New York
  • Brian E. Lawlor, former New Orleans and New York housing official 
  • Antoinette M. Jackson, experienced affordable housing attorney who serves as counsel to private developers and several public housing authorities
  • Alysse E. Hollis, skilled bond counsel and underwriter's counsel, advising clients on tax-exempt bonds and financing of complex affordable housing transactions
  • Aileen S. Thomas, experienced NMTC attorney who serves as bond, underwriter, and trustee counsel for clients ranging from nonprofits to investment banking firms 

About the Jones Walker Affordable Housing and Community Development Group
Jones Walker attorneys have successfully represented the full scope of clients on affordable housing and community development projects and draw on this knowledge to help negotiate and close deals that meet client needs while preserving essential relationships. From real estate and development to banking, public finance, and securities, from zoning, entitlement, land use and environmental regulation to commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and energy, the Jones Walker team leverages the firm's experience to provide comprehensive and creative solutions for clients.

About Jones Walker
Jones Walker LLP (, with approximately 390 attorneys in Alabama, Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and Texas, provides a comprehensive range of legal services to a national and international corporate client base.