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WHF/WHFF Partner Series: How Long Will It Take for Climate Change to Affect MY Home?
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
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WHF/WHFF Partner Series: How Long Will It Take for Climate Change to Affect MY Home?

Is your home at risk of flooding?  Are you sure about that? (
Arlington, VA Millions in Damage from Flooding - 2019).  Joseph Sant, General Counsel & Vice President at Center for NYC Neighborhoods will discuss the increasingly urgent need to take a closer look at climate change and in particular the impact that climate will have on the cost and availability of housing. 

Studies suggest that the number of affordable housing units exposed to flooding from now until 2050 will triple.  The US is expected to lose almost 25,000 unites due to repeated flooding, mostly concentrated in northeastern and mid-Atlantic states such as Virginia, Massachusetts and new Jersey.

Our speakers will give a deep dive into how climate is affecting homeowners today and what steps lenders need to take to mitigate homeowner harm in the future.


Joseph Sant, General Counsel & Vice President, Center for NYC Neighborhoods
Matthew Eby, Founder and Executive Director, First Street Foundation 

Date: May 12, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
Location: Zoom Webinar (information will be emailed in your confirmation email)
Cost: Members: $5.00 suggested donation (no charge registration is available)  
         Non-Members: $10 donation 


Register Here

Speaker Bios

Joseph joined the Center in 2013 and currently serves as General Counsel & Vice President. He previously oversaw homeowner services, where he helped mobilize coastal resiliency programs that provide services to thousands of NYC homeowners, manages rapid state-wide services provided by the Homeowner Hub, and oversees the Center's HUD-certified Housing Mobility Program. Joseph came to the Center after working as a Senior Attorney at Legal Services NYC, where he brought affirmative impact litigation to combat predatory mortgage lending and enforce consumer protections for low- and moderate-income homeowners. Joseph earned his B.A. at the University of Washington and his J.D. at Georgetown University.




Matthew Eby is the Founder and Executive Director of First Street Foundation, a research and technology nonprofit working to define America’s growing flood risk.  

Under Matthew’s leadership, the Foundation created a first-of-its-kind flood model, based on decades of peer-reviewed research, to calculate the past, present, and future flood risk of every property in the contiguous United States. The details of this work were recently released in a report titled The First National Flood Risk Assessment and covered extensively by the press. Before this, the Foundation conducted peer-reviewed research finding a $15.9 billion loss in relative home values caused by tidal flooding and sea level rise. 

Matthew is a recognized business leader with global experience. He has worked and lived in Toronto, Tokyo, London, Atlanta, and New York. Before creating the First Street Foundation, Matthew founded and served as CEO of Anthro, a digital marketing agency serving social good and non-profit organizations. Before that, he was the Senior Vice President of Consumer and Brand Marketing for The Weather Company, where he managed a portfolio of brands including The Weather Channel (digital and broadcast) and the Weather Underground. Prior to joining The Weather Company, Matthew was the Director of Brand Marketing for BlackBerry’s Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Matthew holds an MBA from McMaster University as well as an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree.