Please join us in the celebration of Patrick Sabelhaus on August 24th, 2023.
It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Patrick R. Sabelhaus, a true luminary in the legal field whose remarkable achievements have left an indelible mark on the community he served.
Patrick R. Sabelhaus was a dedicated legal practitioner based in the Sacramento area, specializing in state and federal low-income housing tax credit law, tax-exempt bond financing, real property law, and syndication. His extensive expertise served both for-profit and nonprofit organizations alike, making a profound impact on the lives of many.
Mr. Sabelhaus’ contributions were truly exceptional. In 1987, he secured one of the first low-income housing tax credit allocations in California, setting the stage for his illustrious career. His dedication led him to represent approximately 375 Tax Credit projects involved in the development of 25,000 low-income housing units across California, Nevada, and New Mexico, a living testament to the impact of his efforts.
Prior to his private law practice, Mr. Sabelhaus held key roles in government service. He served as Chief of the Community Affairs Division at the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Earlier, he was a senior consultant to the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Regulatory Functions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs in Washington, D.C. His extensive experience also included being with the Office of Economic Opportunity from 1967 to 1976 and serving as director of field operations for the Rural Housing Alliance. Notably, from 1964 to 1967, Mr. Sabelhaus was a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela, South America.
A dedicated advocate, Mr. Sabelhaus also held the position of Secretary/Legislative Liaison of the California Council for Affordable Housing and was a valued member of the State Bar of California. Mr. Sabelhaus earned his J.D. from Golden Gate University Law School and held a B.A. in Business Administration from Marian College, Indianapolis, Indiana.
While we grieve the loss of Patrick R. Sabelhaus, let us also celebrate the extraordinary life he lived and the transformative impact he had on the legal landscape and the communities he served. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.
In remembrance of his enduring legacy, may we continue to be inspired by Mr. Sabelhaus’ commitment to excellence, compassion, and positive change. The journey that began with that first allocation in 1987 has flourished into a legacy that speaks not only to his professional achievements but also to the lives he touched. Let us remember him as not only a pioneer in affordable housing but as a visionary whose passion ignited change, inspiring a community to follow in his footsteps.