New Director of Housing and Community Development Announced

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During their meeting this evening, the Board of County Supervisors approved the hire of Billy Lake as the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) Director for Prince William County. The announcement comes following a nationwide search and competitive hiring process. Lake was identified by the interview committee as the clear top candidate and was unanimously supported by the County’s Housing Board. He will begin immediately. BillLake

Lake has worked for Prince William County for more than 35 years. He first started working in housing with the County’s Department of Social Services where he administered the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program (now the Housing Choice Voucher program) and managing the State Rental Rehabilitation Program.

He then served as the Community Planning and Development Division Chief for the OHCD. In addition to supervising staff and managing the division’s budget, he also managed federally funded programs, such as Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). He also designed and supervised the County’s Neighborhood Housing Rehabilitation Program, First-Time Homebuyer Program and the Dawson Beach Transitional Housing Program. Most recently, Lake was appointed Acting Director for OHCD.

“Bill Lake has an extraordinary amount of experience and is extremely qualified,” said Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “He certainly understands the housing challenges this community faces and the potential opportunities. We are looking forward to using the knowledge and experience he brings to the position.”

“I’ve been working in this community for a long time, and it is near and dear to my heart,” said Lake. “I’m excited about the opportunity to continue working with the talented staff here and continue working toward achieving OHCD’s goal of developing affordable housing opportunities and neighborhood resources for low- and moderate-income area residents.”

Lake has sat on the board for the National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) for four years. He received his degree from Bridgewater College.

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