Fitzgerald Institute's Church Properties Initiative and Notre Dame Law School Host Affordable Housing Discussion with Rev. Patrick Reidy, C.S.C.

Mandy Crowley

On Thursday, April 11th, the Church Properties Initiative of the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate, in collaboration with Notre Dame Law School, hosted a reception and discussion in the Eck Commons where Rev. Patrick Reidy, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Church Properties Initiative, discussed his latest publication.

Rev. Reidy’s publication titled "Churching NIMBYs: Creating Affordable Housing on Church Property," was recently published in the Yale Law Journal. The article features original analysis of data held by the Church Properties Initiative to quantify the potential impact of faith-based properties on housing supply in two key markets: Oakland, CA, and Chicago, IL. Rev. Patrick Reidy, C.S.C. led the discussion, offering insights into the legal and practical implications of leveraging church properties for affordable housing solutions.

The event began with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, fostering an atmosphere conducive to networking. Professor Dan Kelly, Faculty Director of the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate and Professor of Law, set the tone by extending a warm welcome to all attendees and introducing Dean G. Marcus Cole, Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law. Dean Cole spoke highly of Rev. Reidy and his contributions.

Rev. Reidy's presentation captivated the audience, striking a perfect balance between scholarly depth and accessibility. His engaging discussion sparked conversations and questions among participants.

As the evening drew to a close, Reverend Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C., President-elect of Notre Dame, delivered closing remarks, expressing appreciation for the engaging discussion and commending Rev. Reidy on his work.

The reception and discussion proved successful, drawing a great turnout and fostering meaningful dialogue among participants. 

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