David Lipsetz

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David Lipsetz, CEO of the Housing Assistance Council

David Lipsetz is the CEO at the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) and a leading expert in affordable housing and sustainable community development. David came to HAC after holding several White House-appointed positions, most recently serving as the Associate Administrator for Rural Housing and Community Facilities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA.) His office oversaw policy development and program administration of more than $100 billion in direct lending, mortgage guarantees, grants and technical assistance for community and economic development in rural America.


  • New Leadership for Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Brings Broad Reach

    April 10, 2019

    The National Endowment for the Arts has selected the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) as its partner for the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD), one of the Arts Endowment’s leadership initiatives.

  • CIRD's Greatest Hits

    March 29, 2019

    CIRD communities offer a plethora of helpful hints and creative ideas for hosting community-wide events that address diverse rural design issues.

  • The Prophet of Micropolis

    January 7, 2019

    Vincent DeSantis, the author of “Toward Civic Integrity: Re-establishing the Micropolis,” published eleven years ago, works in the spirit of Holly Whyte: quietly, carefully and with great acuity. Vince was my host, at his B&B, on my trips to Gloversville, New York. He is a Gloversville native, an attorney, served as the City Court judge in town for years and is now the at-large member of the city’s Common Council. He’s the moving force behind many of the good things happening in Gloversville. What I didn’t know, I suppose because of his reserve and modesty, is that he wrote a book that was years ahead of its time and that even today should be essential reading for everyone involved in placemaking. Back in 2007, Vince was conclusively making the case for small cities and how to revitalize them.

  • When Main Street is a State Highway: Building Community through Transportation in Valentine, Nebraska

    January 1, 2019

    Highway 83 runs from North Texas straight through to North Dakota. Valentine, Nebraska sits somewhere in the upper middle, the closest neighbor the Rosebud Lakota Sioux reservation, where Highway 83 morphs into Main Street. Valentine is lucky: the looming façade to façade reconstruction of Main Street - is a cause for celebration. 

  • Viva Las Vegas (NM): 200 years Hispano Urban Design & Architecture

    November 26, 2018

    Inspired by his time in the Southwest for the 2018 CIRD Workshop in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Resource Team Member James Rojas authored this piece, in which he uses examples from West Las Vegas to demonstrate the material significance of Hispano urban design and architecture and its importance in preservation and expression of local Hispano culture.