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Rodrigo Gonzalez to Speak on Affordable Housing at Notre Dame’s 2023 Church Properties Conference

SOUTH BEND, Indiana — October 25, 2023 — The University of Notre Dame's Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate will host its Fall 2023 Church Properties Conference from October 29 to 31 at the McKenna Hall Conference Center. Among the esteemed panel of speakers, DEODATE CEO and Managing Partner, Rodrigo Gonzalez, is slated to contribute to a pivotal discussion on developing affordable housing.

The session, titled, "Developing Affordable Housing on Surplus Church-Owned Property," also features Paul Silvern, Partner at HR&A Advisors. Gonzalez and Silvern will delve into their extensive experience working with diverse stakeholders in creating affordable housing solutions. They will share real-world examples and best practices that have driven success in this mission-based initiative, aligning with local community needs, faith-based missions, and financial objectives.

Rodrigo Gonzalez stated, “I am honored to discuss such a crucial topic at an event of this caliber. Collaboration between real estate experts, church leaders, and the community is the cornerstone for developing sustainable and affordable housing solutions. I look forward to contributing to this meaningful dialogue and sharing the insights we’ve gained over the years at DEODATE.”

The conference, now in its second year, aims to foster proactive thinking around church real estate among Catholic dioceses. It presents a unique platform for dialogue among church leaders, real estate experts, CFOs, clergy members, nuns, monks, and property owners.

David Murphy, Notre Dame Program Director, Church Properties Initiative, commented, “Our annual Church Properties Conference is a distinctive event that bridges the gap between real estate expertise and church property management. The shared insights and discussions here will continue to pave the way for more community-centric, financially sustainable real estate strategies around church properties.”

For more information about the Fall 2023 Church Properties Conference and to register, visit:


DEODATE provides corporate real estate strategies, consulting, portfolio management, and support to investors, public and quasi-public entities, corporate/institutional developers, and mid-cap to Fortune 500 companies across the nation. DEODATE and the firm’s brokerage division, DDTRE, have enabled clients of all sizes and industries to make educated, strategic, and timely real estate decisions that maximize the efficiency, viability, and profitability of their assets and portfolios. For more information, visit, or follow us on LinkedIn.

About The Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate

Notre Dame's Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate (FIRE) educates and inspires exceptional students, conducts world-class research, and engages with an unparalleled network of industry professionals to create places of lasting value. Through rigorous scholarship and multidisciplinary collaborations, FIRE strives to be the top real estate program in the country, doing so in a way that promotes Notre Dame's mission to be a force for good in our nation and world. For more information, visit

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