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Over the last year and a half, Open House has been written and maintained by Laura Woods, the beloved former Communications and New Media Associate for NHC and the Center. In the wake of Laura’s recent departure, I, Tim O’Keefe, will be taking over the helm here. I’d like to give you a little introduction to myself, and add some thoughts on where this blog might be headed in the upcoming months.

First, a little bit about me: I am just starting out at NHC and the Center, and am coming from the Housing and Community Development consulting group at ICF International. At ICF, I assisted in the implementation of a range of Federal housing programs, including the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), HOME, and Assets for Independence.

As for my contribution to this blog, I’ve got one, overarching goal going forward: to enhance the conversation on housing issues, among the readers of this blog and within the broader national discussion. We’ll also be providing regular updates on what NHC and the Center are up to and how you can get involved. Overall, though, we are hoping to:

  • Provide information and analysis on the housing related issues of the day, in collaboration with the first rate research and thought leadership from the Center for Housing Policy and NHC.
  • Increase the dialogue with other bloggers and innovative thinkers in the housing world.
  • Solicit feedback and discussion among our readers, to share here on the blog on a regular basis.

We’re hoping you stick around as NHC and the Center’s online presence continues to expand. Please let us know what’s going on in your world, and view Open House as a truly “open” place to share your knowledge, commentary and criticisms (or just vent on the news of the day).

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