Jessica Katz is the Associate Commissioner for New Construction at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). HPD is the largest municipal housing agency in the United States. The Special Needs Housing Division of HPD has developed more than 14,000 units of supportive housing in the five boroughs of NYC. HPD’s Supportive Housing Loan Program (SHLP) lends up to $100 million per year to nonprofit supportive housing developers. SHLP also develops housing with on-site social services for a variety of populations. Services are provided to individuals and families who are homeless; have a mental illness or substance abuse disorder; HIV/AIDS; youth aging out of foster care; disabled veterans; and other populations who can live independently in the community with the supports that supportive housing offers.
Before joining HPD as Assistant Commissioner, Ms. Katz was the Executive Director of the Lantern Group, a non-profit social service agency, and supportive housing developer. Ms. Katz has also served as a board member of the Supportive Housing Network of New York. Prior to moving to New York City, Ms. Katz worked in a supportive housing development in Massachusetts.
She holds a BA in Urban Geography from McGill University in Montreal and a Master’s degree in City Planning from MIT.