Susan Y. Ellinger


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Susan has more than 30 years in the affordable housing field, including subsidized housing, community development, and municipal law matters. Prior to law school, she worked for public housing agencies and authorities in Greenville, South Carolina, and Raleigh and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Susan has served on the boards of regional and national housing professional associations, including: the Carolinas Council of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Southeastern Regional Conference of Housing and the Community Development Officials, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and the North Carolina Section 8 Association (now the Southeast Regional Section 8 Association, Inc.). She frequently speaks on affordable housing issues and has served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Tenant-Landlord Law in North Carolina. She has also served as a board member on the North Carolina Low Income Housing Coalition.
Susan also administered the largest Section 8 programs in North and South Carolina and established experimental voucher programs, Project Self Sufficiency programs, new construction, substantial rehabilitation and moderate rehabilitation programs. She now advises authorities, non-profits and other developers in construction and administration of housing programs of all types throughout the Southeast. She is also counsel for a number of financial institutions, particularly focusing on their community development lending components, including tax credit equity, debt and historic rehabilitation efforts.
In 2008, after tenures as a partner at Moore & Van Allen, PLLC and Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, LLP, Susan, along with her partner Steven Carr, established Ellinger & Carr, PLLC. Susan and Steven continue their practice in affordable housing, community development, banking and finance law, business law, representation of nonprofits and tax exempt organizations, and representation of clients in commercial real estate and other commercial transactions.
Susan is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Carolinas Council of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, and has served as the state representative of the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law for North and South Carolina.


  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

Professional/Community Activities

  • Member, North Carolina State Bar and Tenth Judicial District
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, South Carolina State Bar
  • Member, Carolinas Council of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
  • Member, American Bar Association(Past Chair – ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law for North and South Carolina)
  • Ms. Ellinger is AV Peer Review rated


  • University of South Carolina (B.A., 1974)
  • North Carolina Central University (J.D., magna cum laude 1992)
  • Notes and Comments Editor for the
    North Carolina Central University Law Journal

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