REDMOND, Ore. - Following more than 17 years of service on the Housing Works Board of Commissioners, Craig Unger has retired from the board effective April 30th.
Housing Works Executive Director Tom Kemper said "Unger has been a tireless advocate for low-income families in our community. Unger was constantly seeking out innovative strategies to help alleviate poverty in the most vulnerable populations.
"After 17 years of service, we wish him well in in his retirement from the board and thank him for all the work he has done to ensure that the mission of ‘fostering dignity through housing' was at the forefront of our minds. We will greatly miss his dedication to the folks that Housing Works serves."
Unger, a retired Redmond police officer, also retired as a director of the Board of Directors of Families Forward, a nonprofit affiliate of Housing Works providing resident services to Housing Works residents.
Unger was devoted to helping low income families in Central Oregon and served as President of the Families Forward Board. During Unger's tenure as a Commissioner of the Housing Works Board, the authority increased its housing portfolio by 200% and greatly expanded its voucher and resident services programs.
Unger has agreed to continue his role as a hearings officer for Housing Works when controversies arise under the voucher program.
Housing Works is the largest affordable housing provider in Central Oregon. It provides people with quality, safe and affordable homes; and through a number of collaborations, it provides the resources to help people stabilize their lives. Housing Works obtains public funding from federal, state and local governments and leverages these funds with private capital from local financial institutions and foundations to provide quality housing that meets communities' needs.
Housing Works developments in Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras and Sisters have won awards for innovation, economic impact, design, beautification, and historic preservation and enhancement. For more information, visit www.housing-works.org.