Jessica L. Cassella



University of California, Hastings College of the Law, JD, 2015, Editor-in-Chief, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly

Santa Clara University, BS, 2011, Phi Beta Kappa, Valedictorian

Jessica (Jessie) Cassella joined Klein Hornig in 2018, focusing her practice on a wide range of affordable housing and community development matters, specifically transactions utilizing various HUD programs.

Prior to joining Klein Hornig, Jessie was a Staff Attorney at the National Housing Law Project (NHLP), where she focused on preserving existing affordable housing in urban and rural communities and enforcing low-income tenants’ rights. She regularly provided trainings, technical assistance, policy advocacy, and litigation assistance regarding complex affordable housing rules and challenges facing tenants in HUD housing programs. At NHLP, Jessie developed strong knowledge of HUD housing programs, and, in particular, the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Before joining NHLP, Jessie clerked at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office and at NHLP, and was a City Hall Fellow at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.


  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • Represented a national developer in a phased RAD conversion involving low-income housing tax credits, bonds, HOME funds, NSP funds, state sustainable communities funding, local healthcare funding, and MTW flexibility.
  • Represented a Maryland housing authority in a phased RAD conversion to replace existing public housing units involving a transfer of assistance, low-income housing tax credits, Federal Home Loan Bank funds, and state funds.
  • Successfully represented a non-profit developer in a Transfer of Physical Assets (TPA) and HAP Assignment in order to utilize low-income housing tax credits to rehabilitate an existing senior housing property.
  • Successfully represented a local nonprofit owner in an application for Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPVs) upon the maturity of a senior housing property’s HUD Section 236 mortgage.
  • Represented a mid-Atlantic nonprofit developer in an FHA refinancing and rehabilitation of an existing affordable housing property jointly owned by a tenants’ association.
  • Represented a local developer selected by tenants to acquire and rehabilitate an existing affordable housing property under DC TOPA rules and with local financing.
  • Represented a local nonprofit owner in the refinancing of an elderly assisted living facility with local funds.
  • Counseled a local government regarding its Uniform Relocation Act obligations.
  • Counseled a local nonprofit organization regarding federal fair housing laws and workforce housing development opportunities.
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • California Lawyers Association, Real Property Law Section, Member
  • President, City Hall Fellows Board of Directors
  • Presenter, “Preserving an Aging Housing Stock,” National Council of State Housing Agencies HFA Institute – January 2020
  • Presenter, “Converting 202 PRACs to RAD and Other RAD Changes,” National Leased Housing Association Conference – October 2019
  • Presenter, “RAD II Update, Including 202/PRAC Conversions,” National Leased Housing Association Conference - June 2019
  • Presenter, “Introduction to HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD),” National Alliance of HUD Tenants - June 2019
  • Presenter, “RAD Update,” Novogradac Affordable Housing Conference: Using RAD and the LIHTC to Improve Communities - January 2019
  • Presenter, “RAD & Operating Subsidies,” Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, Homes Within Reach Conference – October 2018
  • Presenter, “Advocacy and Policy: Making Your Voice Heard on Capitol Hill Day and Every Day,” National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference- July 2018
  • Presenter, “RAD Basics,” Novogradac RAD Public Housing Conference- April 2018
  • Presenter, “Saving HUD Multifamily Homes,” National Housing Law Project webinar series- March 2018
  • Presenter, “Protecting RD Residents and Preserving RD Rental Housing,” National Housing Law Project webinar- December 2017
  • Presenter, “Don’t Get RAD-dled: Ensuring Compliance and Best Practices Training Series for Public Housing Authorities on What You Need to Know about the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD),” National Housing Law Project webinar series- December 2017
  • Presenter, “Shelter From the Storm,” National Meeting of the Housing Justice Network- October 2017
  • Presenter, “Federal Housing Programs 101,” National Housing Law Project webinar- September 2017
  • Presenter, “Prepayments and Loan Maturities: Protecting Residents and Preserving RD Rental Housing,” National Housing Law Project webinar- May 2017
  • Presenter, “The Future of Public Housing,” National Legal Aid & Defender Association Conference- July 2016