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Housing nonprofit names director

Sheila Greenlaw-Fink will head county housing fund


The Hillsboro Tribune

The Community Housing Fund of Washington County has named Sheila Greenlaw-Fink as executive director to replace Ramsay Weit, who is retiring.

Weit is a founding CHF board member and has served as executive director for 11 years.

Since 2004, CHF loans and grants have strategically leveraged financing to support 23 affordable housing projects across the county, helping to create and preserve more than 1,000 housing units. Another 130 units of new construction are in the current development pipeline. The loan fund is now approximately $3 million.

“The board is very pleased that the Community Housing Fund will remain in highly capable hands after Ramsay’s retirement,” said Adolph “Val” Valfre, Jr., board chairman of CHF.

“Sheila has earned great credibility in Washington County and throughout the state, and possesses all the requisite qualities essential to leading a dynamic organization — vision, advocacy, compassion and leadership.”

Greenlaw-Fink has been the executive director for 20 years at Community Partners for Affordable Housing, also in Washington County. She brings experience in developing and advocating for affordable housing. Prior to working at CPAH, she held positions in Washington, D.C., at the American Public Power Association and the National Council of State Housing Agencies. She also worked locally with the Portland Development Commission and Multnomah County Community Development on a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development demonstration project.

“This position provides an excellent opportunity to pursue the resources necessary to build diverse and inclusive communities throughout Washington County,” said Greenlaw-Fink.

A retirement party to celebrate Weit’s contributions to the local community development industry is planned for Sept. 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bethany Public House, 4840 N.W. Bethany Blvd.

An event to welcome Greenlaw-Fink is being planned for October.

Community Housing Fund works to secure new sources of capital and make those funds available in strategic investments to provide flexible financial support to community partners in their efforts to create and preserve affordable housing for working families and those living on fixed incomes in Washington County.

For more information, visit thecommunityhousingfund.org.

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