Matthew Rieger: Housing Trust Group CEO builds vital affordable housing

Since taking on the role as president and CEO of the Housing Trust Group (HTG), Matthew Rieger has been an advocate and top developer in solving the affordable housing crisis in South Florida.

For the past 13 years, Mr. Rieger has led HTG’s advances on affordable housing causes and delivering high-quality housing solutions to underserved communities.

Since its inception, the family-owned company has delivered more than 8,000 units of affordable housing to Florida’s working families, seniors and veterans, making it the most prolific developer of affordable housing in Florida today and consistently ranked one of the Top 50 affordable housing developers in the country, Mr. Rieger said.

HTG is on a mission to help solve the affordable housing crisis not only in Florida, but in cities throughout the country where vast disparities in wealth and housing inequality undermine the long-term economic prospects of citizens, he said.

Mr. Rieger joined Housing Trust Group in 2004 as general counsel and has served as president and CEO of the trust group since 2011. He has focused on expanding HTG’s capacity and development pipeline, bringing greater awareness to the issue of affordable and workforce housing, and has worked alongside industry leaders, public officials and legislators to shape policy that benefits working-class communities, families and seniors. 

In 2017, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers, a strategic alliance of non-profit and for-profit developers and professional service providers dedicated to providing safe and affordable housing to Floridians. He is a member of the Housing Advisory Group in Washington, DC, the Tocqueville Society – United Way Miami, and also serves on the board for the University of Miami Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism Program. 

A native of Miami and third-generation Floridian, he graduated with a juris doctorate from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor of arts in geography from the University of Florida. He is an active member of the Florida Bar Association and is involved with a number of charities, including Mourning Family Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Wade’s World Foundation.

Mr. Rieger was recently honored by GlobeSt. as a winner of its “2024 Best Places to Work” award and has received accolades in NAHB’s “Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards 2023” for properties such as Hudson Village, Max’s Landing, and Aviva-Goodyear.

Taking on the affordable housing real estate industry’s challenges, he said HTG has demonstrated remarkable resilience, over the past year closing on 837 affordable housing units and delivering over 765 affordable housing units in 2023, exceeding the firm’s performance in the previous year.

Mr. Rieger, who recently celebrated his two-decade tenure with the company, says he will continue to be committed to building thousands of more affordable housing units.

Mr. Rieger spoke with Miami Today reporter Abraham Galvan.

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