Keynote Speaker

Andy Reicher

ANDREW REICHER has worked at UHAB (the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board) since 1978 starting as Director of Technical Assistance and Training and has been Executive Director since 1981. Under his leadership, UHAB’s base of tenant-run and tenant-owned buildings has grown from several dozen to over 1,500 buildings in New York City and beyond.

UHAB’s self-help approach has expanded from a single focus on housing cooperatives to include tenant associations struggling to preserve their affordable housing in the face of expiring use restrictions, predatory equity and gentrification. Mr. Reicher’s interest in low-income housing and community development issues began as a VISTA Volunteer for the South Bronx Community Housing Corporation in 1974.

In addition to his work at UHAB, Mr. Reicher recently stepped down as the Chair of City Futures/Center for an Urban Future after more than thirty years and remains a board member. He also serves on the boards of the Green Guerillas, The Institute for Local Self Reliance, Diego Beekman Mutual Housing Association and other organizations.

Mr. Reicher brings experience in non-profit organization management, program design, training methodology and in developing and preserving affordable cooperative projects. He is the 1997 recipient of the Bowdoin College Common Good Award and 2003 recipient of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC)’s highest honor, the Jerry Voorhis Award.

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Keynote Speaker

Andy Reicher

ANDREW REICHER has worked at UHAB (the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board) since 1978 starting as Director of Technical Assistance and Training and has been Executive Director since 1981. Under his leadership, UHAB’s base of tenant-run and tenant-owned buildings has grown from several dozen to over 1,500 buildings in New York City and beyond.

UHAB’s self-help approach has expanded from a single focus on housing cooperatives to include tenant associations struggling to preserve their affordable housing in the face of expiring use restrictions, predatory equity and gentrification. Mr. Reicher’s interest in low-income housing and community development issues began as a VISTA Volunteer for the South Bronx Community Housing Corporation in 1974.

In addition to his work at UHAB, Mr. Reicher recently stepped down as the Chair of City Futures/Center for an Urban Future after more than thirty years and remains a board member. He also serves on the boards of the Green Guerillas, The Institute for Local Self Reliance, Diego Beekman Mutual Housing Association and other organizations.

Mr. Reicher brings experience in non-profit organization management, program design, training methodology and in developing and preserving affordable cooperative projects. He is the 1997 recipient of the Bowdoin College Common Good Award and 2003 recipient of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC)’s highest honor, the Jerry Voorhis Award.