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The Biden administration is trying to make it easier to convert offices to apartments post-pandemic

By Jake Blumgart, The Philadelphia Inquirer | November 1, 2023

Stoneleigh Fellow Vincent Reina spoke to The Philadelphia Inquirer about his partnerships to create housing policy with the City of Philadelphia and the White House Domestic Policy Council.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Vincent Reina has worked with a lot of governments over the years on housing policy, his academic specialty.

He helped the City of Philadelphia craft its first citywide housing plan before the pandemic and then established the Housing Initiative at Penn, which evaluated emergency rental assistance programs in a variety of cities and states after COVID struck.

Over the course of that last project, he was in touch with President Joe Biden’s administration, which approached Reina after the first semester of 2022. Since then he’s been a senior adviser for housing and urban policy on the White House Domestic Policy Council with a focus on how to address the myriad housing challenges facing the United States, from growing homelessness to renter protections to the web of local regulations that often kill new housing projects.

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