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David M. Abromowitz
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David M. Abromowitz is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, focusing on housing policy and related federal and state programs and issues. A partner in the law firm Goulston & Storrs, he is nationally known for expertise in housing and economic development, over the past 25 years working on projects around the country involving housing and historic tax credit investment, HUD-assisted housing, public housing revitalization, assisted living, community land trusts, shared-equity homeownership, multifamily rental housing development, planned homeownership communities, and other multi-layered public/private projects.

Mr. Abromowitz is a past chair and founding member of both the Lawyers’ Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness and of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Affordable Housing and Community Development. He is a board member of the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association, and a member of the Multifamily Leadership Board of the National Association of Home Builders. In 2004 he was awarded the Trailblazer award of the National Economic Development and Law Center of Oakland, California, and in 2007 he was honored by the Fair Housing Center of Boston.

Mr. Abromowitz co-chaired the Housing Policy Working Group of then Governor-elect Deval Patrick (D-MA) and has served on other housing advisory groups for public officials, such as Mayor Tom Menino of Boston's advisory task force during his first term. He serves on a number of charitable boards, including YouthBuild USA, The Equity Trust, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, and B’nai B’rith New England.

A former adjunct professor at Northeastern Law School, the New Jersey native received his BA magna cum laude from Princeton University and his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Email: dabromowitz@americanprogress.org

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Which Corporate Personality Are You: Market Basket or Hobby Lobby?

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 5:58 PM

For the past six weeks, many of us in New England were startled out of our summer lethargy to see a rare coalition of workers, managers, customers and suppliers of the Market Basket grocery chain come together. And perhaps more remarkable and rarely heard these days was their...

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To My Religious Friends Celebrating Hobby Lobby: Are You Sure?

(22) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 9:52 PM

Today many religious conservatives celebrated the Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby, which said that a corporation can refuse contraception to employees because its major shareholders have contrary religious beliefs.

But when the hosannas die down, will you be so sure that this is a good thing for people...

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In Boston, New Meaning for April 15th

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 8:24 PM

Today in Boston, we remembered the dead. We cursed the cowards. And we honored those who ran towards the bombs.

A year later, we still don't really understand why some human beings would cruelly, casually, coldly kill other human beings. Why they would take away forever an 8-year-old. Or...

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Would My Brother Be Alive Today If We'd Had Obamacare Years Ago?

(7) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 7:20 AM

As the furor over the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act has grown these past weeks, I can't help but wonder: Would my brother have avoided a premature death if we had enacted Obamacare's sweeping access to quality health insurance and affordable care years ago?

Three decades ago, while in...

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Reflecting on Trayvon: From a Father Who Never Had to Have "The Talk"

(12) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 2:17 PM

I never had to have "the talk" with my son. At least, not the talk that black parents so often have with their teenage children -- the one about how to act when you get stopped for being suspicious. The one about how to not to walk, or dress, or...

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A Post Office for the 21st Century: Universal High-Speed Broadband

(10) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 2:49 PM

While headlines focus on the fate of Saturday mail delivery, the better question is: Why not harness the Postal Service of the 21st century to catalyze America's economic development, much as the Postal Service did after it was originally created in the 18th century?

Debates may rage over the preferred...

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For Obama's Immigration Legacy, Turn to George Bush

(51) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 2:17 PM

The defining legacy of President Obama's second term may well lie in finding a solution to our anti-immigrant status quo. To get there, he should appoint former President George Bush to head up a blue ribbon commission to propose comprehensive immigration reform.

A shell-shocked Republican party is showing...

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Am I Disappointed in Obama?

(2) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 1:24 PM

I wanted a single-payer system -- but he only insured 50 million people who formerly had no health coverage, achieving something that eluded presidents for generations.

I wanted both wars stopped immediately -- but he only ended the war in Iraq and began winding down the one in Afghanistan.

I...

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If You Want to Talk Defense, Defend Us from Weapons of Mass Assault Right Here at Home

(10) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 4:43 PM

In no time, Congressmen and candidates who like to talk tough on defense will let the Aurora slaughter slide into the background, and turn back to pushing Americans to pump up military spending.

While a gunman was preparing to turn an assault weapon on moviegoers here at home, candidate...

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If You Can't Recall You Were a Bully...

(99) Comments | Posted May 12, 2012 | 8:57 PM

It is hard to erase from your memory the mean things you did to a classmate as a teenager, even 40 years later. So, thanks to Mitt Romney, I am facing up and finally apologizing to DH for inexcusable behavior back in middle school.

But somehow it...

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Take a Load Off, Fannie: Principal Reduction Is Overdue

(141) Comments | Posted March 10, 2012 | 4:21 PM

There's a growing consensus among economists, investors, academics, and consumer advocates that more "principal reduction" -- writing off a portion of a mortgage that exceeds a home's value in exchange for a higher likelihood of repayment -- can help avoid another wave of costly and economy-crushing foreclosures. That's good for...

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Is There a Wikipedia to Go Dark for Homeowners?

(14) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 4:44 PM

When Congress was on the brink of pushing through legislation that Internet advocates opposed, over four million online signatures were gathered quickly. Congress relented.

Today, millions of American households are poised to benefit directly from the opportunity to reduce mortgage payments, avoid foreclosure, build up some savings, or...

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"We the Corporations...?"

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 2:04 PM

So, a corporation is a person? This from Republican candidates who claim to believe in adhering strictly to the original meaning of the Constitution? It must be that conservatives found some alternate version of the Preamble to the Constitution, long-lost amidst the papers of the Founding Fathers, that...

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In Massachusetts Senate Race, Bob Massie

(13) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 3:22 PM

Many now consider the race for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts to be up for grabs. With the Senate perilously close to slipping from Democratic to Republican control, the stakes will be high and of national importance.

Consider, then, Bob Massie -- not the name most people outside the state have...

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Titanic Economics

(193) Comments | Posted July 9, 2011 | 1:21 PM

When the Titanic was sinking, first class passengers got the lifeboats and the rest were left to fend for themselves. Listening to the economic plans of leading Republicans, the Titanic approach still appears to reign over conservative rhetoric a century later.

Of course, some might argue...

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Rising Rents, Falling Recovery: Not Time to Retreat From Rental Housing

(19) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 10:55 AM

What is the single biggest monthly budget item for most families? A payment for housing, often a rent check.

Rents are starting to rise dramatically and in every major metropolitan area are expected to rise from 3 percent to 10 percent in 2011 and beyond. That means a family paying...

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Lemons Into Lemonade? Turning Flawed Foreclosures Into Mediated Modifications

(59) Comments | Posted November 7, 2010 | 3:15 PM

Is anyone surprised? A mortgage finance industry built on sloppy paperwork, which reaped record profits processing consumers as if they were so many sheep to be fleeced, is caught churning out foreclosures built on sloppy paperwork, so homeowners can be dispossessed on the cheap.

It is tempting to wish upon...

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Shirley Sherrod: Beyond the Media Circus, Lessons for Economic Progress

(6) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 4:19 PM

Shirley Sherrod should have been a household name long before this week's media frenzy -- but for reasons most of the country knows little about.

For decades, Ms. Sherrod has been fighting for economic justice and access to property for those who have been left out of the system....

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Tea Party? Ha! More Like Me Party

(509) Comments | Posted April 18, 2010 | 10:52 AM

Without a hint of awareness of any contradiction, the Tea Party Express and headliner Sarah Palin recently gathered on the Boston Common, one of the oldest government-maintained spaces in America -- to denounce government.

They vented anger about a government doing too much. A strange complaint from self-styled patriots,...

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Mad About Bonuses? Let's Make a Deal

(25) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 8:55 AM

The bonuses will be paid, the amounts will strike many as obscene, and the anger will grow.

If you are mad as hell and ready to do something about it -- talk taxes.

We , the taxpayers, faced with a near collapse of the country's financial system,...

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