3 Public Housing Heroes in the Pacific Northwest to Know

Every region of the county has leadership advocating for the provision of more affordable housing.  The Pacific Northwest is a hotbed of affordable housing innovation and leadership.  The innovation is further buoyed by being the home to several Moving to Work agencies. Although nobody highlighted in this blog asked for it, they are all deserving attention for the work that they and their staff do.   Here are 3 leaders you should know.

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Andrew Lofton- Seattle Housing Authority

Mr. Lofton was appointed Executive Director of the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) on September 1, 2012, and leads strategic planning and the day-to-day operations of the organization. Prior to his promotion to Executive Director, he held the position of Deputy Executive Director–Finance and Administration for more than eight years. As Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Lofton oversaw SHA’s Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance and Budget, and Housing Choice Voucher functions, including the development and management of the agency’s annual budget. He has also worked closely with representatives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding the oversight of SHA’s Moving to Work agreement, regulatory reform, and funding issues.  Mr. Lofton received his Baccalaureate from the University of Puget Sound and did his graduate work in Urban Planning at the University of Washington.

 

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Michael Buonocore – Home Forward- Portland Oregon

Michael became Home Forward’s executive director in October 2014 after serving as deputy executive director, responsible for the property management, rent assistance, and real estate development departments.  He began his Home Forward career in 2001 as a resident services manager, going on to direct policy and planning, where he was the principal architect of the agency’s strategic directions and planning.  He also designed Home Forward’s innovative rent reform program.His background includes leading operations, including community organizing, as associate director of Sisters Of The Road, a homeless services agency.  Earlier, he was health services manager for the Clackamas County Children’s Commission and program supervisor for a residential care facility for developmentally disabled youth.

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Christina Pegg- Housing Authority City of Longview and Joint Pacific County Housing Authority Longview, WA

Christina is well respected not only regionally but also nationally.  Of her many accomplishments, Christina has collaborated to negotiate a MOU to enable the State to more effectively provide housing and services to children in foster homes.  She also developed a highly acclaimed Family Self-Sufficiency Program for three separate housing authorities.  On the rental assistance side, she authored successful HOME grants to provide rental assistance to families with chronic mental illness, victims of domestic violence, participants of Drug Court, and homeless veterans.

Who are some other names that we should be mentioning?  Email us at info@housing-futures.org

 

 

 

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