Clinical Professor Emeritus
George Hezel founded the Affordable Housing Clinic at the University at Buffalo School of Law in 1987 and has directed the clinic until 2014. Collaborating with not-for-profit community organizations throughout Western New York, the clinic has produced more than 2,000 units of affordable housing by leveraging more than $165 million in federal, state and local government funds as well as equity raised through the sale of low-income housing tax credits.
Hezel participated in numerous training events targeting the use of low-income housing tax credits for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the American Bar Association’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the New York State Office of Mental Health, the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the Supportive Housing Network of New York and the Association for Community Living.
He also helped establish the annual Upstate Affordable Housing Conference, a training event drawing more than 300 housing professionals.
Apart from his teaching at the School of Law, which focused on affordable housing financing and development, Hezel has also served as faculty adviser to the American Bar Association Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law which was edited at the School of Law.