Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

Janet Falk, Mercy Housing

For children to be able to learn, for families to be healthy, and for the elderly to be safe, a supply of stable, affordable housing must be available.

Janet Falk was vice president for real estate development for Mercy Housing California until she retired in 2011. She has extensive experience in the development and financing of nonprofit housing after nearly 40 years in the field. She is particularly knowledgeable in using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and tax-exempt bonds for nonprofit projects. She holds a master’s in city and regional planning from University of California, Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford University.

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