Friday, February 26, 2010

Division of Housing announces new housing programs manager

The Division of Housing at the Department of Local Affairs has announced its new Housing Programs Manager. Alison A. George, formerly of Mercy Housing Colorado, will head the Division’s housing development and asset management operations.

Ms. George brings more than 10 years experience in affordable housing development.

When with Mercy Housing Colorado, Ms. George was Regional Vice President of Multifamily Housing and provided overall direction for rental housing developments in Colorado, from initial project conception through project completion.

She led Mercy’s efforts to acquire the Aromor Apartments, a historic hotel one block south of Colorado’s state capitol, from the Denver Housing Authority in 2008. Mercy Housing rehabilitated the historic hotel in partnership with Denver’s Road Home as permanent supportive housing for the homeless.

Prior to joining Mercy Housing, Ms. George was the Vice President of Development at The Michaels Development Company where she oversaw affordable housing tax credit and Hope VI projects totaling more than $130 million in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Michaels Development Company was highlighted in Affordable Housing Finance in April/May 2009 as the largest owner of affordable housing in the United States.

She also worked for the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri as a Development Coordinator where she facilitated the development efforts of its scattered site replacement housing program that placed over 200 public housing units in service throughout Kansas City.

Ms. George is Co-chair of the Hope Communities board of directors and serves as its Chair of its real estate committee. Alison has a Master of Urban Planning degree with a concentration in real estate and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas.