Deborah L. McKenney

Debbie began practicing with Blanco Tackabery in 1997, focusing her practice on representing for-profit and non-profit developers in the area of low-income housing tax credit, tax-exempt bond, historic rehabilitation tax credit and HUD-insured loan transactions.

Debbie represents developers throughout the Southeastern United States in all aspects of affordable housing and community development transactions, including the planning and applications, the acquisition of the property, the debt and equity financing and the project operations.  She has extensive experience representing developers in closing a range of financing alternatives and development programs including:

  • Equity syndications
  • HUD-insured loans
  • Affordable Housing Program (AHP) loans
  • HOME Investment Partnerships Program loans
  • Tax-exempt bonds
  • Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) loans
  • USDA Rural Development Program (RD) loans
  • Supportive Housing Development Program loans
  • Trust Fund Program loans

In addition to her affordable housing work, Debbie represents clients in general commercial real estate, corporate and business transactions.

Practice Areas

  • Affordable Housing and Community Development
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Real Estate


  • A.B., University of Michigan, 1992
  • J.D., University of Michigan, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1997
  • South Carolina, 2000
  • Michigan, 1995

Areas of Focus

  • Structuring and debt and equity financing for low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) projects, including those involving tax-exempt bonds
  • Financing for multifamily housing projects utilizing various U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loan programs
  • Structuring and debt and equity financing for historic tax credit (HTC) projects
  • Acquisition and disposition of multifamily housing projects
  • Acquisition, financing and disposition of commercial real estate projects

Professional & Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association, Member (Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law)
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member (Business and Real Estate Sections)
  • South Carolina Bar, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member