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National housing expert to meet with local leaders Thursday about Charleston's affordable housing

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The Cottages at Longborough on Charleston’s upper peninsula are an example of some of the workforce housing provided by the city. File

A former top official from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be in Charleston on Thursday to help local leaders understand the complex challenges facing public and affordable housing. 

Rod Solomon, who served as HUD's deputy assistant secretary of Policy from 1994 to 2003, will meet with the Charleston Housing Authority Board and staff at 8 a.m. at the authority's headquarters at 550 Meeting St.

Charleston City Council members, Mayor John Tecklenburg, and the city's Department of Housing and Community Development have been invited. The meeting is open to the public.

Solomon helped craft some of HUD's policies when the federal public housing and Section 8 voucher programs were drastically changed for the first time since they were implemented. 

Now a private adviser based in Washington, D.C., Solomon works with many state and local governments, nonprofits and other entities attempting to expand and improve affordable housing in their communities.

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