Message from Home Forward's New Board Chair
In the late 1960s, I was special assistant to the Executive Director of the Boston Housing Authority. Since that early start of my career, I have been involved with projects and organizations to preserve and create affordable housing throughout the Northwest. It is rewarding to apply these decades of experience in a different way as I assume leadership of the Board of Home Forward.
As I enter my ninth year on the board, I am proud to lead an organization that does such an outstanding job serving individuals and families in need of housing in Portland and Multnomah County. Home Forward is recognized nationally as a high performing housing authority - locally we strive every day to provide hope, access, and potential for the people we serve.
The turmoil of the national economy and decision gridlock of the federal government are sending rough waves through the funding Home Forward receives to operate our programs. As we face unparalleled challenges, the board will continue efforts to stretch resources creatively, enabling us to serve as many households in need as possible.
One bright spot on the horizon is the Stephens Creek Crossing redevelopment, a project that will create jobs and double the number of affordable homes at the site of the former Hillsdale Terrace public housing. In addition, preservation investments in our existing communities will improve the quality of life for residents and extend the useful life of buildlings to serve future generations.
I'm confident that with hard work and the support of our many terrific partners, the board and staff of Home Forward will continue to make a significant difference in our community no matter what bad weather may come our way.
Chair, Board of Commissioners
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