In 2022, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) launched its Homeless to Housed (H2H) initiative through the release of its report “Homeless to Housed: The ULI Perspective.” The report, along with ULI’s growing H2H solutions library, showcases successful public-private-provider partnerships (P4s) and their vital role in delivering affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness.
In this inaugural Redevelopment Trailblazers webinar, join our esteemed panelists for a discussion about ULI’s ongoing efforts through its H2H initiative to address the complex issue of homelessness. The conversation will focus on how the real estate development community can partner to help alleviate the critical shortage of affordable housing in the United States and champion transformative change.
Redevelopment Trailblazers Webinar Series
The Power of Partnerships: Exploring ULI’s Homeless to Housed Initiative
Friday, February 23, 12-1 PM ET
William Herbig, Urban Land Institute
William Zeh Herbig leads ULI’s Homeless to Housed (H2H) Initiative. Previous experience includes co-leading Kimley-Horn’s Atlanta-based Planning and Urban Design Studio and managing programs at the Markle Foundation, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the National Capital Planning Commission, and Atlanta’s Midtown Alliance. He also served as an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.
William holds a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a B.S. in Urban Studies from the Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, and studied architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Will is a 2010 Next City Vanguard and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Leigh Ferguson, Vita Nuova
With more than 40 years of experience in the real estate profession, Mr. Ferguson is an expert on downtown revitalization, affordable housing, mixed-use development, and partnerships with public and non-profit entities. He was most recently the Director of Economic Development for the City of New Orleans. In this role, he was responsible for facilitating downtown real estate development and investment, assisting the downtown community with issues affecting the business environment, advancing downtown planning, and attracting new business and development projects, resulting in the expansion of employment, tax base, and wealth creation in downtown New Orleans. Before his time in New Orleans, Mr. Ferguson was a senior-level (C-suite) developer in the private sector, involved in numerous commercial, mixed-use, and residential projects in various locations around the United States.
Mr. Ferguson is a full ULI member and a recipient of the organization’s O’Donnell Award. He has been a member of the Urban Revitalization Council, the Chair for Mission Advancement of the Louisiana District Council, and the State P3 Chair for ICSC. Mr. Ferguson has served on 15 national advisory panels and chaired 14 of them. He has served on numerous civic and non-profit advisory boards, including the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.
Michael Taylor, Redevelopment Institute
Michael Taylor is a leading strategist in implementing redevelopments at brownfield and Superfund sites. He regularly serves as a project manager, facilitator, and key strategist, working with stakeholders to sustainably redevelop projects nationwide. Mr. Taylor works in many of the country’s most challenging areas, including remote rural locations, inner-city environmental justice neighborhoods, and some of the most contaminated sites in the country. He has specialized expertise in bringing diverse parties to consensus to facilitate redevelopment. He is a pioneer in implementing sustainable solutions at individual sites, neighborhoods, and regions. He specializes in helping second and third-tier real estate communities in economically distressed parts of the country rebuild and move toward revitalization. He understands the perspectives of communities as well as the developers and works to create redevelopments that bring prosperity and long-term sustainability to all parties. Through his work, he has established a broad network and connects community and industry leaders, site selectors, private equity groups, energy transition stakeholders, manufacturers, and developers who can help bring billions of dollars of resources to redevelopment projects.
The ULI Homeless to Housed initiative aims to spark conversations regarding the role of the real estate community in addressing homelessness. The initiative works by identifying best practices and effective solutions for addressing the needs of the unhoused through research, technical assistance, and awareness-building activities.
The Redevelopment Institute is dedicated to rebuilding America through promotion of best practices, education, and technical assistance. We strive to create communities and neighborhoods that are sustainable both environmentally and economically.