Campus & Community

Harvey, champion of low-income housing, named Dunlop Lecturer

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The Joint Center for Housing Studies has announced F. Bart Harvey, chairman of the board of trustees and chief executive officer of Enterprise Community Partners, as well as chairman of the board of Enterprise Community Investment, as its eighth annual John T. Dunlop Lecturer. The lecture will be held in October at the Graduate School of Design in Piper Auditorium.

Since taking over leadership of Enterprise Community Partners in 1993, Harvey has helped further the organization’s mission of providing decent, affordable housing and a path out of poverty for low-income families. During his tenure, Enterprise has raised and invested $7 billion in equity, grants, and loans and is currently investing in communities at a rate of $1 billion a year. Before joining Enterprise in 1984, Harvey served in various domestic and international positions for the investment bank Dean Witter Reynolds.

Harvey is co-credited with working with Congress to create the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, which, after 20 years of bi-partisan support, provides the financing for the vast majority of affordable rental homes in this country. Enterprise continues to shape ways to ensure better outcomes for low-income families such as by bringing leaders from the environmental and green building fields together to create Green Communities in 2004. This $555 million initiative is already halfway to its five-year goal of building more than 8,500 affordable homes that promote health, conserve energy and natural resources, and promote easy access to jobs, schools, and services.

In addition to his leadership at Enterprise, Harvey assisted with the work of the National Housing Task Force and was appointed to the Mitchell-Danforth Task Force on the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, both in 1988. He was appointed by Congress to the Millennial Housing Commission in 2002 and has served on several housing-related boards including The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, the National Housing Conference, and the National Housing Trust. His civic activities have included the Baltimore Educational Trust, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Center Stage, Shepherd’s Clinic, and the Harvard Alumni Association. Harvey has testified before Congress on a number of community-development issues and has had articles published in many journals and periodicals. He received his B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University in 1971 and 1974, respectively.