Amber Mohr

Associate

mohra@ballardspahr.com
Tel 410.528.5537
Fax 410.528.5650
Baltimore

Amber Mohr represents developers and public housing authorities in connection with a broad range of affordable housing and real estate transactions, including complex multifamily affordable housing transactions that utilize mixed-finance sources such as low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) equity, private debt, bond financing, and project-based rental assistance in addition to other financing sources and initiatives for acquisition and development. She frequently represents clients in public housing conversions under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, including RAD conversions in conjunction with LIHTC transactions and conversions of existing mixed-finance public housing developments. Amber also is experienced with a variety of HUD programs, including the demolition or disposition of public housing, mixed-finance public housing transactions, and energy performance contracting (EPC).

Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, she was an Attorney Advisor with HUD in the Baltimore Field Office where she closed FHA-insured loans for multifamily and nursing facility projects, as well as reviewed transactions involving the acquisition of properties with FHA-insured financing, including Transfer of Physical Assets (TPA) approvals.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a Colorado public housing authority regarding the conversion of its entire scattered site public housing portfolio through RAD by transferring assistance to new construction and projects undergoing substantial rehabilitation involving LIHTC, tax-exempt bond proceeds, State disaster recovery funds, local HOME funds, public housing capital funds, and RAD disposition funds.
  • Represented a California public housing authority in LIHTC transactions involving a variety of funding sources including conventional construction and permanent loans, HOME loans, Veterans Housing and Homelessness Preservation Programs loans, public housing capital funds, project-based vouchers, public housing disposition funds, redevelopment authority loans, and Affordable Housing Program loans, often layered with RAD conversions both onsite and through transfers of assistance.
  • Represented an Oregon public housing authority in the conversion of its mixed-finance public housing portfolio through RAD with no additional financing but requiring consent from existing LIHTC investors and lenders, including an Affordable Housing Program member bank, the Federal Home Loan Bank, the housing finance agency, a tax exempt bond trustee and governmental and nonprofit lenders.
  • Represented a Pennsylvania-based affordable housing developer in its projects in Maryland, including the redevelopment of a former HUD-held apartment complex in Prince George's County to include both affordable and market rate rental and homeownership units utilizing LIHTC, conventional construction and permanent loans, State financing programs, and project-based vouchers.

Pro Bono Experience

Amber is dedicated to representing pro bono clients, including representing an LGBTQ client with a legal name change to coincide with the client's gender identification and representing a prisoner that was sentenced as a juvenile to life in prison with a parole application.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition

Recognitions & Accomplishments

Recipient, Ballard Spahr's 2018 Alan J. Davis Award, for her pro bono work as a member of the Maryland Juvenile Lifer Parole Representation Project

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "RAD for Mod Rehab: Why Housing Authorities and Owners Should Consider Converting These Contracts," Ballard Spahr webinar, June 20, 2018

Speaker, "Affordable Housing 101," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 25, 2018

Panelist, "Affordable Housing 101," Ballard Spahr | CSG Advisors 8th Annual Western Housing Conference, Denver, April 13, 2018

Panelist, "Plenary Session: After the RAD Closing," National Leased Housing Association's 2018 Mid-Year Membership Meeting, Indian Wells, CA, January 25, 2018

Moderator, "Housing Leads to Wellbeing: Supportive Services for Residents," Ballard Spahr's 2017 National Housing Symposium, Washington, D.C., November 3, 2017

Moderator, "RAD Post-Conversion: Issues PHAs Must Address," Ballard Spahr's 2017 Housing Authority Summit, Washington, D.C., November 2, 2017

Panelist, "New Developments with RAD - Current Strategies and News," Housing Development Law Institute's 2017 Spring Legal Conference, Washington, D.C., May 12, 2017

Moderator, "Developing Strategic Relationships to Foster Affordable Housing," Ballard Spahr's 2016 Housing Authority Summit, Washington, D.C., November 3, 2016

Board Membership

Baltimore Community Lending, Inc., 2018-present

University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2010)
Associate Comments Editor, University of Baltimore Law Review

Virginia Tech (B.A., summa cum laude, 2003)

Maryland