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|Active Alum: Jermaine Ruffin|
“The issue of affordability has multiple implications for people that traps them in a cycle of poverty. We need a more comprehensive approach to battle poverty and provide affordable housing.” --Jermaine Ruffin
Jermaine Ruffin is currently a development outreach coordinator for affordable housing projects with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Jermaine works with communities to identify sites, financing and community partnerships for low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) and workforce housing. He is also the founding principal of JR2 Urban Solutions where he is developing strategies for effective community engagement plans for underserved populations as well as an upcoming podcast series that discusses urban planning issues in communities of color. In addition, Jermaine was recently voted to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis’ Affordable Housing Council, is an active Ambassador for the American Planning Association (APA) and member of several national/state community and economic development organizations. Jermaine holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Michigan where he was co-founder of the Planning for Inclusion Initiative.
Here’s more from our Q&A with Jermaine …
Q: Which ACSP member school did you attend?
Q: What specialty did you study?
Q: Why did you select your particular specialty?
Q: Where do you currently work?
Q: What are your job responsibilities?
Q: What's your favorite project you’ve worked on?
Q: What future goals do you have in your field?
Q: How has planning school changed your daily habits?
Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Q: What is the title of the last book you read? What did you learn from it?
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