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Susan Eliason

Susan Eliason has been the Director of Housing Development for the Delaware State Housing Authority since 2011. Housing Development is responsible for the financing, construction, and portfolio management of multifamily rental housing throughout the state of Delaware. Housing Development also manages the federal entitlement programs such as HOME, CDBG, ESG, and HOPWA. Recently, DSHA has initiated several community development programs on foreclosure recovery and community investment. These programs are also administered by Housing Development.

Prior to joining Housing Development, Ms. Eliason had been the Housing Asset Management Administrator at DSHA since 2002, where she was responsible for managing the preservation of affordable multifamily rental housing in the Authority’s portfolio. Her section also provided the onsite monitoring of the physical and financial operations of sites receiving project-based Section 8 subsidy. Previously, she was a senior audit specialist with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in the Office of Inspector General, working with the acquirers of failed financial institutions.

Susan is an advisor to the board of the Pennsylvania Delaware Affordable Housing Management Association (PennDelAHMA) and has served on panels discussing project-based assistance monitoring, hot topics in affordable housing, and preservation efforts in the region.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and a master of business administration degree from Wilmington University in Delaware.

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