Mission Success: Why Work in Affordable Housing?

Hear all about the satisfactions of working in low-income housing from HVPG’s Diana Bellizzi, who recently made a successful career shift.

Diana Bellizzi

Diana Bellizzi, Head of Investor Relations, HVPG. Image courtesy of HVPG

Diana Bellizzi’s journey to the affordable housing industry was a winding road through other asset classes. Before overseeing all investor relations and relationship management efforts for Hudson Valley Property Group—a New York-based company that owns and acquires affordable housing and mixed-income properties—Bellizzi held a variety of roles in commercial real estate financing.

In 2019, she met one of the co-founders of HVPG and their first conversation was “pretty inspirational,” as she puts it. She decided to join the team and she couldn’t be more satisfied with her decision.

“It’s a rare opportunity to find a career where you can really do well by doing good,” Bellizzi told Multi-Housing News Senior Editor Laura Calugar in the latest episode of the Mission Success: Women in Multifamily podcast series. “Working in affordable housing is a rewarding way to earn a living and you can contribute back to the community in ways that are otherwise not possible.”

Here’s what they talked about in this episode:

  • who is Diana Bellizzi (0:57)
  • what sparked her interest in affordable housing (4:56)
  • affordable housing demand today (6:32)
  • how investors are acclimating to market uncertainty (9:09)
  • the investment outlook for affordable housing (10:17)
  • gender diversity in affordable housing (11:01)
  • pieces of advice for women considering entering the affordable housing space (13:18)
  • personal and professional goals for this year (14:20)

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