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NCSHA Receives Grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Advance Healthy Housing

Published on July 31, 2020

Initiative Will Identify Opportunities for State Housing Finance Agency Leadership

The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) today announced it has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to advance opportunities for financing healthier multifamily affordable housing.

“NCSHA is honored to receive this funding,” said California Housing Finance Agency Executive Director and NCSHA Chair Tia Boatman Patterson. “The nation’s state housing finance agencies are eager to do more at the nexus of health and housing, especially in light of the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus and other health challenges on households of color and other low-income renters.”

The NCSHA initiative will assess the state of the field in improving health outcomes for residents of affordable rental housing and identify best practices and other opportunities for financing healthier and more resilient affordable properties and communities.

“We know a growing number of affordable multifamily owners, investors, and community-based groups are already active in this area, as are many state HFAs,” said NCSHA Executive Director Stockton Williams. “Our goal is to add value to these efforts and enhance state HFA policies and practices to advance a healthier and more holistic vision of affordable housing.”

NCSHA has assembled a diverse group of industry leaders to guide the project:

  • Rochelle Beeks, President and CEO | POAH Communities, LLC
  • Dana Brown,Vice President, Multifamily | Fannie Mae
  • Daryl Carter, Founder, Chairman, and CEO | Avanath Capital Management
  • Kimberlee Cornett, Director, Impact Investments | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Keith Cunningham, Executive Director | Louisiana Housing Corporation
  • Eric Enderlin, President | New York City Housing Development Corporation
  • Kristin Faust, Executive Director | Illinois Housing Development Authority
  • Joanna Frank, President and CEO | Center for Active Design
  • Sharon Wilson Géno, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer | Volunteers of America
  • Jason Hartke, Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Policy | International WELL Building Institute
  • Jennifer Ho, Commissioner | Minnesota Housing
  • Scott Hoekman, President and CEO | Enterprise Housing Credit Investments, LLC
  • Chrystal Kornegay, Executive Director | MassHousing
  • Lori Little, President, Chief Executive Officer | National Affordable Housing Trust
  • Michelle Norris, Executive Vice President of External Affairs | National Church Residences
  • Ruth Ann Norton, President and CEO | Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
  • Tia Boatman Patterson, Executive Director | California Housing Finance Agency
  • Andrea Ponsor, President and CEO | Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future
  • Milton Pratt, Executive Vice President | Michaels Development Company
  • Charles Richman, Executive Director | New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency
  • Margaret Solle Salazar, Director | Oregon Housing and Community Services
  • Bob Simpson, Founder | Simpson Impact Strategies
  • Stacy Spann, Executive Director | Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, MD
  • Steve Walker, Executive Director | Washington State Housing Finance Commission

For more information on this initiative, contact project director James Tassos, NCSHA Deputy Director of Tax Policy and Strategic Initiatives, or visit our website.

About the National Council of State Housing Agencies
For more than 50 years, state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) have played a central role in the nation’s affordable housing system, delivering financing to make possible the purchase, development, and rehabilitation of affordable homes and rental apartments for low- and middle-income households.

The National Council of State Housing Agencies is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created to advance, through advocacy and education, the efforts of the nation’s state HFAs and their partners to provide affordable housing to those who need it. NCSHA’s vision: An affordably housed nation. Learn more at

Updated 8.4.2020