What’s Eating New York?

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WENY - logo [Recovered]
Topic: Homelessness
Tuesday, March 30th, 2021
6:30 PM ET Via ZOOM
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Ron Moelis
CEO + Founding Partner,
L+M Development Partners 

As CEO and Chairman of L+M Development Partners Inc., Ron Moelis has co-founded a company that is a leader in developing affordable, mixed-income and market rate housing.  Under Ron’s leadership, L+M has been responsible for more than $9 billion in development and investment, and has acquired, built or preserved nearly 30,000 residential units in New York’s tristate area, the West Coast and Gulf Coast regions. Community leaders, government officials and institutional investors turn to L+M because of its consistent track record of excellence.

Ron founded L+M as a double bottom line company, where its success is measured not only in financial returns but also by positive impacts.  One of the key priorities embraced by L+M, in addition to creating quality affordable housing, is impacting the resident’s quality of life and ensuring they are able to stay in their homes — the pandemic and its impact on job loss and health created an urgency around finding solutions to eviction and thereby preventing homelessness.  In response, Ron led an effort to coalesce the real estate community and ultimately helped create Project Parachute — an effort involving social service providers (including S:US), philanthropies and property owners to cooperate in providing outreach and financial assistance to alleviate tenant hardship, in particular among lower income families. In addition, as part of the Project Parachute mandate, L+M, along with a nonprofit service provider, created a pilot program with a commitment of funding, cooperation, and resources for joint outreach to tenants in financial distress with the goal of keeping those families safe in their homes for the long term.

Ron also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Tenement Museum and Board of Trustees for Montefiore Health Systems. He is on the National Advisory Board at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania and on the Advisory Board of Project Parachute. 



Arlo Monell Chase
Senior Vice President of Real Estate
and Property Development,

Since 2014, Mr. Chase has directed the real estate, facilities, and property development teams at S:US, comprising of more than 65 employees, and oversees a real estate portfolio of 140 buildings containing more than 1.5 million square feet under management. He is leading the dramatic expansion of S:US’s role as a developer of affordable and supportive housing, with more than 1800 units in development or under construction and almost 1,000 units under ownership. Mr. Chase is a member of the twelve-person executive leadership team which collectively manages an organization with 2,500 employees and a $250 million annual operating budget.

Formerly, Mr. Chase was principal at Alembic Community Development where he directed the firm’s real estate development work in New York City. Prior to working at Alembic, Mr. Chase was the Senior Vice President for Policy Initiatives at New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

Mr. Chase began his career in the legal space , having worked as an attorney at Nixon Peabody and at Manatt Phelps & Phillips, where he represented developers of affordable housing and syndicators of low-income housing tax credits. He is a graduate of Duke University (B.A. History, cum laude) and NYU School of Law (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif).

As a lifelong New York City resident, Mr. Chase has dedicated his professional life to addressing poverty in New York City. He has published several articles in law journals and has taught a class housing policy at Brooklyn Law School. Mr. Chase lectures frequently on affordable housing issues at conferences and industry-related events. He lives with this family in Brooklyn.



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Jean Taitt
Director of Social Services,
C&C Apartment Management, LLC 

Jean Taitt is Director of Social Services with the Social Services Department team at C&C Apartment Management, LLC.  Jean is responsible for collaborating with staff in Marketing/Leasing, Legal, Compliance, and Accounting departments to provide the best customer service to applicants and tenants. Her responsibilities are providing advocacy, counseling, crisis intervention and eviction prevention with a focus on individuals and families with special needs, such as, homelessness, mental health issues, medical issues, etc.  

Jean joined C&C Apartment Management in October 2008 as a Consultant through the Doe Fund as a contracted employee. In April 2014, Jean was hired directly by C&C. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of Social Work including 10 years at Urban Pathways, Inc. as its Director of Outreach.  Jean is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She has a joint bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Anthropology from Middlebury College. She has a master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter School of Social Work with a Concentration in Administration. She also earned a Certification in Seminar In Field Instruction (SIFI) from New York University. 



Renee Joseph
Marine Corps Veteran
Intake Coordinator, S:US

Renee joined S:US in June, 2018 as a Veteran Peer Specialist before assuming her current position as an Intake Coordinator. Prior to joining S:US, Renee had her own personal experience of homelessness between 2015 and 2017. She considers it one of the lowest and darkest periods of her life. With determination, help from her friends and the HUD-VASH program (Housing and Urban Development -VA Supportive Housing Program), she successfully acquired permanent housing in February 2018. 

Renee proudly served in the Marine Corps for 11 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College, a Masters of Business Administration from University of Phoenix and an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu (Austin, Texas).

Renee is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. She and her mother relocated to Bronx, NY when she was 14 years old. Renee currently resides on Long Island, NY.

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