“What is the affordable housing industry?”
“How does the affordable housing industry work?”
“Why does affordable housing matter?”
Tony Bertoldi digs into these frequent questions surrounding affordable housing, and more, as he debunks common myths and misconceptions, provides a transparent understanding of affordable housing's critical role in "the American dream", and how the LIHTC program works to the benefit of society.
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In American Dream Come True, Tony Bertoldi provides a commonsense approach to educating the reader of the misconceptions surrounding “Low-Income Housing” and its value to our communities. His thoughts provide the reader with a historical analysis of the affordable housing crisis in America and how the continued expansion of that issue led bipartisan leadership to form the greatest affordable housing program ever created.
"Bertoldi transcends the usual polemics of arguments over affordable housing, busting myths and making the case for why increasing the amount of affordable housing in the U.S. is not only good for people seeking the "basic human need' of shelter and stability during a housing crisis—it’s also good for the economy. This isn’t a ‘blue’ issue or a ‘red’ issue,” he writes. 'It’s a red, white, and blue issue...'”
"What do you think of when you hear the term 'affordable housing?' Many think of the 'government projects.' However, in American Dream Come True, Tony Bertoldi presents a different view that is much needed...I personally was so impressed by this book that it gave me new hope for the homeless crisis. I believe that every politician and business leader should be required to read this book. Fixing homelessness is not a drain on businesses..."
Tony is not just an expert in affordable housing finance, but a leader in the industry. He is “in the room where it happens” at every effort to address the most pressing issues facing affordable housing, and an important part of the advocacy efforts to explain to policymakers on both sides of the aisle what affordable housing is and why it matters. His assessment that many of us in the affordable housing industry have difficulty explaining our very niche but incredibly important work is a story we all know too well, and this book takes on that challenge ambitiously, in plain language and with humor.
"...With an MBA in finance from Boston University and decades of experience with LIHTC, Bertoldi does an admirable job of acquainting neophytes with the basics of the housing industry while also backing his claims with a wealth of data and dozens of footnotes for those who need to see the underlying research. This emphasis on accessibility is further reflected by the book’s concise writing style, which delivers an engaging narrative in less than 130 total pages and is accompanied by an ample assortment of charts, graphs, and other visual aids.
A well-researched, user-friendly introduction to the importance of affordable housing."
Bertoldi combines his engaging personal story and passion for affordable housing in an articulate and easy-to-read endorsement of the low-income housing tax credit industry. This common-sense book will become a trusted reference for the affordable housing industry and illustrate the ever-changing challenges our country faces. American Dream Come True is a must read for those interested in how housing policy has shaped the country and provides readers with an essential and heartfelt guide on what advocates are doing to ensure the progress continues.
"As a house is not just a roof over one’s head, but a home that yields stability, American Dream Come True compels citizens to exercise solidarity around the issue and to support its proposed plan of action to combat the affordable housing crisis in the US..."
Other publications demonstrate the success of LIHTC through an analysis of its historical portfolio performance. American Dream Come True and Tony Bertoldi illustrates its success by providing insight on the positive effects it has on residents by providing safe, quality and affordable housing as well neighborhoods, by attracting private investment which results in the revitalization of neighborhoods that are in some cases substandard or neglected.
Thoughtful and insightful book into the world of affordable housing. Dispels the myths and clearly lays out the principles of the U.S. affordable housing program, the current housing crisis, and a path forward.
American Dream Come True Introduction