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Affordable Housing Forum to Focus on Bronx Neighborhoods

Contact: Janet Sassi
(212) 636-7577

Fordham University will host an affordable housing forum, “Shrinking Affordability,” sponsored by the Bronx’s University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP) on Tuesday, March 27, at the McGinley Center, Rose Hill campus.  The UNHP is a Community Development Financial Institution initiated by Fordham’s Board of Trustees in 1983 to create, preserve and finance affordable housing in the Northwest Bronx.  The program will include presentations on demographic housing trends in the west Bronx and will feature panelists from the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

“This organization and its related lending, technical assistance, research and community forums has served as one of the primary vehicles for the University to become engaged in Bronx redevelopment efforts with an eye toward maintaining affordability for people in the neighborhood, and with an eye toward preservation,” said Joseph P. Muriana, associate vice president for government and urban affairs at Fordham and president of the UNHP.

The UNHP is currently involved in lending initiatives that encourage responsible mortgage lending practices.  In 2002, the UNHP and Fordham jointly received the Jesuit Social Ministries “Just Communities Campaign Award.”

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,600 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis J. Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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