Australasian Housing Institute

Scott Figenshow

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CEO | Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA)

Scott brings over 22 years of experience in the community housing sector, across non-profit, Government and private sector roles. Holding advanced degrees in planning and housing finance, he is passionate about affordable and social housing as part of a holistic approach to mixed income, mixed tenure community development. From the USA, Scott previously served as the executive director of a non-profit special needs housing developer in Southern California and as a housing finance and organisational development consultant, involved in development of affordable housing over a five county area. He was instrumental in establishing the Queenstown Lakes Housing Trust, leading a team to utilise linkage zoning for housing, setting up the Trust’s shared ownership programme for housing development and working on affordable housing issues with private developers.