This week, CLPHA Board President & King County Housing Authority Executive Director Stephen Norman announced his plans to retire from the housing authority on December 31, 2020. Mr. Norman has lead KCHA for nearly 25 years and has served on CLPHA’s board for 18 years, many of those as CLPHA’s board president. His retirement will follow a remarkable 45-year career in community development and affordable housing.
“It has been a joy and a privilege to work with the team here at KCHA,” Mr. Norman said in a press release. “They truly care. This is an organization filled with enormously capable and dedicated individuals. What they are accomplishing every day in supporting our community is truly extraordinary.”
“Stephen’s leadership has pioneered innovations that have advanced public and affordable housing throughout the Pacific Northwest and the nation. He was instrumental in the creation of CLPHA’s Housing Is initiative that aligns the systems of health and education with housing to improve life outcomes for low-income families, and KCHA’s groundbreaking work to expand housing choice for assisted households in neighborhoods with higher opportunities is now modeled in communities cross the country,” said CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman. “While he will be sorely missed at CLPHA, we wish him joy in the next chapter of his life.”
“Stephen has done a phenomenal job as executive director of KCHA. His leadership and experiences will be deeply missed,” said KCHA Board Chair Doug Barnes. “In a region where housing has become increasingly unaffordable, his impact can be seen in the tens of thousands of families who are stably housed, the children who have a real chance to rise above the probabilities of intergenerational poverty as a result of KCHA’s innovative programs, and the elderly and disabled households who are living with dignity. We are grateful for Stephen’s tireless efforts and the healthy, viable, diverse communities he and the team at KCHA have created and sustained. The Board extends its best wishes to Stephen for a well-deserved retirement and the very best in future endeavors.”
CLPHA will reflect further on Mr. Norman’s leadership and innovations at KCHA, and on his indelible impact on CLPHA and the affordable housing industry, in a future newsletter.