Thomas E. Nutt-Powell, Ph.D, AICP

Capital Needs Unlimited — Boston, Massachusetts

Areas of Expertise

Strategic Planning
Capital Improvements Planning
Mixed Financing
Community Development
Mixed-Income Development
Physical Needs Assessments
Program Development/Implementation
Procurement Planning
Expert Witness

Summary of Qualifications and Expertise

Dr. Nutt-Powell is the President of Capital Needs Unlimited which is a founding member firm of Housing Solutions – a consulting consortium providing integrated solutions today to meet tomorrow’s housing needs.

Dr. Nutt-Powell is a nationally renowned planning professional with over three decades of experience in the public, assisted and conventional housing markets, in both the US and abroad. During this period, Dr. Nutt-Powell has been engaged in professional practice, teaching and research. His more recent activities have focused on practical solutions to complex problems, notably in the areas of multi-family housing, capital needs and strategic planning.

In 1994, Dr. Nutt-Powell founded the firm of Capital Needs Unlimited, focused on developing and implementing practical solutions for the complex problems facing public housing agencies and private property managers. Dr. Nutt-Powell’s expertise is sought by a diverse group of clients. His recent activities have seen him assisting such housing agencies as Detroit, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Springfield, Atlanta, Chester, East St. Louis and Chicago.

Of particular note, Dr. Nutt-Powell serves as the Project Director for the Villages at Parkside HOPE VI development in Detroit. Under the Implementation Grant of $47.6 million, Dr. Nutt-Powell was responsible for coordinating all facets of project implementation, including serving as Owner’s Representative for A&E Oversight, developing all financing plans, implementing interim and long-term management for the 4 financially-autonomous Villages at the new Parkside, establishing the Services Endowment Fund and such. Funding for these services is in part from syndication of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Services also include creating and administering the home ownership program with a target of 350 homes in 2 1/2 years, with home buyer and home maintenance training and support a key component. Dr. Nutt-Powell also headed the team which developed the HOPE VI plan for the Hay Homes in Springfield and conducted Physical Needs Assessments for US AID of Bulgaria’s housing stock.

Dr. Nutt-Powell has published numerous articles and papers on the subject of housing and frequently speaks before general and professional audiences. He has served on the faculty of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, where he headed the Master in City planning (MCP) program. He also directed the Manufactured Housing Research Program of the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies. He has served on the Board of Governors of the American Institute of Planners.

Professional Experience

1994 to present President, Capital Needs Unlimited

Project and organizational direction.

Expert witness of housing and planning.

1983-1994 President and Chairman of Board, On-Site Insight
1985-1990 Vice-President and Chairman of Board, On-Site Design and Engineering
1979-1984 Director, Manufactured Housing Research Program,

Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies

1973-1979 Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Directed Master in City Planning (MCP) program; teaching and research.

1967-1973 Planning Consultant
1965-1967 Community Organization Advisor,

Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Agency

1965 Caseworker, Hollidaysburg State Hospital


1973 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D. in Urban & Regional Planning
1970 Harvard Graduate School of Design, Master in City Planning (MCP)

Harvard Divinity SchoolMaster in Theological Studies (MTS)

1965 The Pennsylvania State University, BA
Author of Manufactured Homes: Making Sense of a Housing Opportunity.
Boston: Auburn House, 1982.Speaker and numerous papers, productions, and articles for professional, trade
and popular audiences and publications.