Mr. Fusco is an attorney and career housing professional with over 35 years experience with state and federal low/moderate income housing programs, wherein he has demonstrated personal dedication to solving housing problems for very low and moderate income households. Mr. Fusco earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Millikin University and a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law.
Mr. Fusco has worked as a teacher in the Chicago Public School system and as an attorney has been a strong advocate for the social issue of preservation of affordable housing and the administration of government housing programs for low and moderate income families. Mr. Fusco has taught courses in federal housing programs for social workers and paralegal training at several Chicago institutions and has been a frequent speaker at housing training and conferences in the Chicago area and nationally.
From 1975 to 1987, Mr. Fusco was employed as an attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago (LAFC). During most of this period of time Mr. Fusco served as the LAF housing law specialist with primary responsibility for HUD subsidized multi family housing programs and public housing. Mr. Fusco was responsible for a wide variety of litigation and program matters relating to preservation and maintenance of low income multi family housing, displacement, Tenants’ Rights/Owner Responsibilities, multifamily property disposition policies and public housing. Mr. Fusco has published in several legal publications relating to low income housing issues and has served as Editor for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) in the area of Federal Housing Programs and Residential Tenants Rights.
From 1987 to 1988, Mr. Fusco served as Deputy General Counsel for the Chicago Housing Authority, responsible for complex litigation and contracts. Mr. Fusco was responsible for legal representation of the Authority and consultation regarding a wide range of public housing activity, including contracts to implement CHA’s Comprehensive Improvement Assistance Program (CIAP), elevator maintenance and repair and Asbestos Abatement Programs. He was also the attorney for the Authority responsible for negotiation and implementation of the LeClaire Courts Resident Management Corporation and the development of CHA’s first tenant management program. As President, Mr. Fusco is responsible for the day to day operations of the Corporation and places particular emphasis on new project development and asset management.
In summary, drawing on his experience with HUD assisted housing programs, Mr. Fusco brings a high degree of specialization to the low/moderate income housing development field that exemplifies and is consistent with the Government’s pronounced objectives of fostering greater private sector involvement, facilitating greater resident participation in federal housing programs, and of preserving the existing inventory of subsidized multifamily housing developments.