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.


  • Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ Announces Limon, Colorado To Receive 2016-2017 Award

    June 1, 2016
    Limon, Colorado to join communities from Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, New York, and Washington to Host Rural Design Workshops
  • Let's Collaborate Towards the Future of Rural Places

    April 28, 2016

     Last month, Art of the Rural and the Rural Policy Research Institute launched the Next Generation digital Learning Commons, designed to inspire deeper collaboration and learning exchange around the nation. The site addresses two of the major challenges facing rural practitioners – geographic distance and access to information and networks – and establishes a digital intermediary through which deeper collaboration can develop within and beyond Next Generation.

  • Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ Announces 2016-2017 Awards

    March 29, 2016
    Communities from Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, New York, and Washington to host rural design workshops
  • Sorry I didn't read your "rural is dying" article

    February 22, 2016

    Rural has a future. Small towns have long-standing relevance in growing food, raising livestock, processing foods, producing natural resources and protecting the environment. That relevance is never going to go away as long as we need food, utilize natural resources and care about our environment.

  • Top Five Lessons We Learned About Rural Design in 2014-2015

    January 28, 2016

    The 2014-2015 workshop year was a successful one for the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD). In Franklin, New Hampshire; Lancaster County, Nebraska; Houston, Mississippi; and Alton, Missouri CIRD arrived to find communities buzzing with the desire to develop actionable plans to tackle their design challenges. Here are the top five lessons we took away from our 2014-2015 communities