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Gorman & HUD confront NIMBYism By Mark Olshaker

NIMBY – “Not In My Back Yard” – has been a real estate rallying cry for generations – whether it replied to integration, ethnicity, unwanted businesses, addiction treatment centers or even architectural diversity. Affordable housing agencies and developers have borne the brunt of citizens’ action committees and organized, often ugly protests. But in the wake of HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule (AFFH) and last year’s Supreme Court decision upholding the validity of disparate impact in fair housing claims, a dedicated affordable housing developer, along with the local housing authority, has challenged the city of Rockford, Illinois. The action has brought the case to court and wide attention. Tom Capp is Chief Operation Officer of Gorman & Company, a Wisconsin-based company with offices in Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Illinois, and a more than 30-year track record of commitment to quality affordable housing, equal opportunity, and community revitalization. The majority of Gorman’s developments are in challenged urban areas with high concentrations of poverty. They have the metrics to prove that these developments have been, in the company’s word, “catalytic” for neighborhood improvement and bringing in additional economic growth. Gorman & Company also closely follow trends and studies to look for ways to better serve its lower-income clientele.

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