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COVID-19 Special Series Podcast: Mercy Housing Steve Spears - Leading Through COVID

Advancing Communities

Release Date: 04/29/2020

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In this COVID-19 Special Series episode of Advancing Communities Podcast, Cinnaire CSO Jim Peffley talks with Steve Spears, CFO of Mercy Housing, a national nonprofit developer, manager, and lender of affordable housing properties. Jim and Steve discuss the challenges diverse organizations like Mercy Housing face and how they are navigating through the COVID crisis. This timely conversation addresses the biggest issues facing organizations in the affordable housing industry right now, including: Assessing COVID-19 risk and the impact on rental collections The impact on affordable...

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In this COVID-19 Special Series episode of Advancing Communities Podcast, Cinnaire CSO Jim Peffley talks with Steve Spears, CFO of Mercy Housing, a national nonprofit developer, manager, and lender of affordable housing properties. Jim and Steve discuss the challenges diverse organizations like Mercy Housing face and how they are navigating through the COVID crisis. This timely conversation addresses the biggest issues facing organizations in the affordable housing industry right now, including:

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  • The impact on affordable housing deals in the development process
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  • Applying learnings from the housing market collapse in 2008/2009 to the current market crisis