Orlando is a partner in the Real Estate practice and co-chair of the Affordable Housing industry team. He is widely recognized as a lawyer of choice in affordable housing for financial institutions, investors, syndicators, developers, public housing authorities, housing finance agencies, community development agencies, cities and counties. His time as at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has helped him become a problem solver, especially on issues relating to HUD regulatory matters (including Native American housing issues), housing finance agency issues, low-income housing tax credits, private activity bonds, debt financing, non-federal state financing programs, tribal financing programs, and general real estate issues is impressive. As a former Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing at HUD, Orlando’s tremendously helpful insight into affordable housing is invaluable.
During his time as the Assistant Secretary, Orlando oversaw the administration of a US$24 billion program, which included public housing, Section 8 vouchers, moderate rehabilitation (Mod Rehab) and most federal housing and community development programs for Native American tribes nationwide. Orlando has first-hand experience dealing with Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery issues from working through more than a dozen natural disasters together with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and various state disaster recovery agencies.
Orlando has practical business experience from his time as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, the nation’s fourth largest housing finance agency. In this position, he developed policies for managing the allocation of the low-income housing tax credit, private activity bonds, HOME Investment Partnership Fund, State Housing Trust Fund and Local Government Housing Trust Fund. During his tenure at Florida Housing, he also served on the Board of the National Council of State Housing Agencies. Orlando also honed leadership skills as the president and chief executive officer of a major affordable housing developer operating in six states, where he led the company through the 2008 economic downturn and planned, disposed of, financed, constructed or rehabilitated many affordable housing units.
Orlando is a frequent speaker at affordable housing conferences and often testifies before Congress on affordable housing and community development matters.