Adjunct Professor of Law
Jerry Salama manages and develops low and middle-income housing in Harlem, including gut rehabilitation of occupied low-income housing with tax credits and new construction middle income-homeownership and rental housing. Mr. Salama created and administers the first-ever equity fund for the acquisition and stabilization of affordable housing in low-income communities. He has served as the Deputy Commissioner for Housing Management and Sales of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) where he supervised property management services for 36,000 City-owned housing units and designed and implemented new programs for the financing, rehabilitation and sale of these buildings. Mr. Salama was also a real estate lawyer at the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, the Acting General Manager (Chief Operating Officer) of the New York City Housing Authority and Counsel to the Deputy Mayor for Finance and Economic Development.
At NYU, he is an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching a course on Land Use, Housing and Community Development in New York City. He has published studies on the redevelopment of public housing under the HOPE VI Program and on reducing the cost of new housing construction in New York City through the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. He is currently working with Professors Vicki Been and Ingrid Gould Ellen on the Preservation Data Project to analyze the “expiring use” affordable housing stock. Mr. Salama is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the Kennedy School of Government and the University of Pennsylvania.
Land Use, Housing and Community Development Seminar
In this seminar, we will analyze urban distress and federal, state, local and community responses such as initiatives to build housing and commercial projects in low income communities. We will analyze housing/community development policy, real estate financing, subsidies, community participation, land use, environmental review and legal challenges to development. A field trip to Harlem and the South Bronx is planned. Each student will work on a group project on a cutting-edge community development issue. The grade will be based upon class participation, a financial exercise, the group project paper and a presentation.