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Affordable Housing Leaders Joe Hagan and Joe Wishcamper to Receive Prestigious NH&RA Vision Awards

Industry to honor the Joes at October 16 luncheon at Boston’s Harvard Club

WASHINGTON, DC (September 9, 2019) – The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) announced today that two affordable housing champions– Joe Hagan, President Emeritus at the National Equity Fund, Inc. (NEF) and Lyndel J. “Joe” Wishcamper, President at The Wishcamper Companies, Inc.–will receive the 2019 Affordable Housing Vision Award in recognition of their stewardship and expansion of affordable housing opportunities for low-income families around the country.  The awards will be presented at a luncheon in conjunction with the NH&RA Fall Developers Forum on October 16 at the Harvard Club of Boston.

Joe Hagan

Lyndel J. “Joe” Wishcamper

National Equity Fund

The Wishcamper Companies, Inc.

JoeHagan Joe Wishcamper

“Our 2019 honorees represent the very best of our field. In their decades of work to promote affordable housing developments and policy,” said NH&RA president Thom Amdur.  “Joe Hagan and Joe Wishcamper have demonstrated innovation, leadership and commitment to their respective businesses and the affordable housing community. They have each led teams responsible for the financing and preservation of tens of thousands of affordable apartments across country and countless more community development projects.”

“Joe Hagan and his colleagues at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency saw the early potential of the LIHTC to raise capital for affordable housing,” says Peter Bell, CEO of NH&RA.  “He and small handful of Housing Finance Agency executives proactively collaborated with private sector developers to educate institutional investors on the potential of the program.  He was a fixture at early forums hosted by NH&RA as the affordable housing community developed financing models, program rules and best practices for what would become most affordable housing development tool in the US.”

“Joe Wishcamper has dedicated his career to serving affordable housing residents.  He has specialized in preserving at-risk affordable housing assets for the long-term,” says Amdur.   “He is also a dedicated advocate for the affordable housing cause, advocating for affordable housing and community development programs in the executive branch, U.S. Congress and state legislatures.”

Joe Hagan, National Equity Fund, Inc.

Since joining National Equity Fund, Inc. in 2000, Hagan has been instrumental in building the organization into a formidable industry leader, which has generated in excess of $15 billion in LIHTC equity investments that helped create 176,804 affordable homes in 2,687 developments across the country since its 1987 inception.  “Hagan’s career has spanned the public, private and non-profit sectors where he has helped transform numerous organizations into leaders in the affordable housing industry,” notes Amdur.  “Hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans have benefited from Joe’s leadership and creativity in affordable housing finance.”

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Hagan began his career in affordable housing in 1979 as the Executive Director at Near North Housing, a neighborhood nonprofit working on homeownership, before taking on the role of Executive Director of the Pickaway Metropolitan Housing Authority in 1981.  A few years later he became the Director of Multifamily Finance at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA), where he launched the agency’s efforts to implement the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) after the passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

In 1989 Hagan joined with Hal Keller to create Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH), one of the first state equity funds in the country. He served as President of OCCH until 1993, when he was named President of the newly formed Bank One Community Development Corporation, making investments across 12 states. Bank One was later acquired by JP Morgan Chase. Joe joined NEF in 2000 at a time when the company was struggling to adjust to changing market dynamics. Under his leadership NEF, has consistently been ranked by volume as one of the top three tax credit equity syndicators annually with a focus on mission-driven investments with long-term developer and investor partners.  In addition to his long-term affiliation with NH&RA, Hagan also served as the President of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition and has been feted by numerous organizations including Fannie Mae, the Affordable Housing Investors Council and Affordable Housing Finance Magazine.

Joe Wishcamper, The Wishcamper Companies, Inc.

Joe Wishcamper began his career in affordable housing in 1970 and in his nearly fifty years as a community developer has owned, developed or redeveloped over 15,000 affordable housing apartments throughout the country.  Over the course of his career he became an expert and innovator in almost every major federal community development program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Services, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Through his affiliated companies, Wishcamper owns interests in properties in 25 states.

In addition to his role leading the Wishcamper Companies, Joe is also the Executive Board Advisor to Wishrock Housing & Investment Group, a major affordable housing development company led by Joe’s son, Rick Wishcamper.  He is also a partner in Wishcamper Development Partners, an affordable housing development company headquartered in Portland, Oregon, led by Fletcher Ray and Justin Metcalf.  He is a long-time member of NH&RA and the National Leased Housing Association.

“Throughout his career, Joe Wishcamper has distinguished himself as an innovator and early adopter across the spectrum of affordable housing programs,” notes Amdur.  “I first got to know Joe when NH&RA started work on our Preservation Through Energy Efficiency Initiative in 2013.  His organization was an early adopter of sustainable development principals and become one of the first private sector affordable housing companies to become a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge.  His leadership was instrumental in several major NH&RA initiatives in recent years including our Asset Management Council and Bond Developers Council.”

In addition to developing affordable housing, Wishcamper has served in leadership capacities in numerous organizations dedicated to affordable housing and community development.  He and his wife Carol founded Springboard to Opportunity, a Mississippi based nonprofit organization that works with residents of affordable housing to help them reach their goals in school, work and life.  He was the founder and first president of the Maine Real Estate Development Association, the chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System, Maine Public Broadcasting and the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  He served as a board member of the Maine Medical Center, Cumberland County Civic Center and Loring Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority, and a number of nonprofit organizations.  He has also received a number of awards for civic and philanthropic leadership, having been named as Spurwink Humanitarian of the Year and the Colby College Maine Philanthropist of the Year.

Married for 53 years, he is proud of his wife, Carol, and his sons Henry and Rick.

NH&RA congratulates both of our honorees and thanks you for your life-long commitment to affordable housing. To learn more about the Affordable Housing Vision Awards and the NH&RA Developer’s Forum, visit www.housingonline.com.

About the Affordable Housing Vision Awards

Each year since 2004, NH&RA has bestowed its Affordable Housing Vision Award to affordable housing and community development leaders who have made valuable contributions to the field and demonstrated years of leadership, commitment and imagination. Previous Vision Award winners include the late Mayor Tom Menino, former Congressman Barney Frank, Jack Manning of Boston Capital and Lisa Alberghini of the Boston Archdiocese Planning Office for Urban Affairs.

About NH&RA

For more than 40 years, the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association has been providing an ongoing forum for professionals in affordable housing and historic rehabilitation to exchange information and build new business relationships. For more information on the Vision Awards, the Fall Developers Forum, or NH&RA, please visit our website at www.housingonline.com or contact Thom Amdur, 202-939-1753, tamdur@housingonline.com.

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PAST AWARDEES

Boston Affordable Housing Leaders to Receive Prestigious NH&RA Vision Awards

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, DC (August 28, 2018) – The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association announced today that two Boston-based champions of affordable housing and development will receive NH&RA Affordable Housing Vision Awards in recognition of their stewardship and expansion of affordable housing opportunities for low-income families around the country. John W. Gahan III, Partner at Sullivan & Worcester and William “Bill” McGonagle, Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority, will be honored at an awards luncheon in conjunction with the NH&RA Fall Developers Forum on October 23 at the Harvard Club of Boston.

William McGonagle

Boston Housing Authority

John W. Gahan III

Sullivan & Worcester

William McGonagle John Gahan
“Our 2018 honorees represent the very best of our field. In their decades of work to promote affordable housing developments and policy, John and Bill have demonstrated leadership, commitment and, most importantly, imagination. From different professional settings, they have led teams responsible for the development and preservation of thousands affordable apartments across Massachusetts and the nation,” said NH&RA Executive Director Thom Amdur.

Bill McGonagle was born and raised in a South Boston public housing development in a family of eight.  He has worked with or on behalf of the public housing residents of Boston for more than 40 years.   “Bill is a lifelong civil servant who has dedicated his professional life to the betterment of public housing residents in Boston. Throughout his career he has been directly involved some of the most impactful and transformational initiatives at the BHA including the integration of public housing developments in the 1980s and later the revitalization of numerous BHA communities through the HOPE VI and Choice Neighborhoods Initiative,” said Amdur.

Bill began his career at the BHA in 1981 in the Department of Public Safety where he was selected for the BHA’s management training program.  He served in numerous roles at BHA early in his career, including as a Development Manager, Area Director and Executive Assistant to the Administrator before being tapped as Deputy Administrator in 1991.  Mayor Thomas M. Menino appointed Bill as Administrator for the Authority on June 11, 2009.  He continues to serve in that capacity under Mayor Martin J. Walsh.   He has been honored for leadership and public service by the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, the Mass Union of Public Housing Tenants and the South Boston Citizens’ Association.

John Gahan began working in affordable housing as a young attorney in 1973, developing a law practice focused on multifamily real estate acquisition, financing, management and development.  Throughout his career he has worked on numerous catalytic projects around the country utilizing state and federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Credits and Brownfields Credits and HUD Financing.  He is a trusted advisor for a generation of affordable housing developers and professionals in Massachusetts and a dedicated affordable housing advocate, assisting in drafting numerous laws and legislation including Massachusetts’ landmark Chapter 40T legislation.  John serves on the Board of Directors of NH&RA as well as Preservation Massachusetts.

“NH&RA and the broader affordable housing and historic preservation community have benefited immensely from John’s leadership.  He is a creative deal maker and a tireless advocate for his clients and the broader industry,” observed Amdur.  “Since joining NH&RA’s Board of Directors in 2010, John has been a champion for numerous NH&RA initiatives and, on a more personal note, a friend and mentor.  At virtually every NH&RA conference, John organizes and moderates a panel discussion or speaks on a topic of current interest to our members.  He has a knack for explaining complex issues in a down-to-earth, easy-to-understand and often humorous manner.”

When told of his selection, John said, “NH&RA has been a home to countless thinkers, doers and visionaries – from different industries and different perspectives but with one goal – making the communities where we live and work better by developing decent affordable housing and preserving other community assets.  I am humbled to have my name included with the true giants of our industry.”

Press Contact: Thom Amdur, 202-939-1753, tamdur@housingonline.com. To learn more about the Affordable Housing Vision Awards and the NH&RA Developers Forum, visit www.housingonline.com.

About the Affordable Housing Vision Awards

Each year since 2004, NH&RA has bestowed its Affordable Housing Vision Award to affordable housing and community development leaders who have made valuable contributions to the field and demonstrated years of leadership, commitment and imagination. Previous Vision Award Honorees include the late Mayor Tom Menino, former Congressman Barney Frank, Jack Manning of Boston Capital and Lisa Alberghini of the Boston Archdiocese Planning Office for Urban Affairs. Awards Luncheon Sponsorship Opportunities are available.

About NH&RA

For more than 40 years, the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association has been providing an ongoing forum for professionals in affordable housing and historic rehabilitation to exchange information and build new business relationships. For more information on the Vision Awards, the Fall Developers Forum, or NH&RA, please visit our website at www.housingonline.com or contact Thom Amdur, 202-939-1753, tamdur@housingonline.com.

 

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