Bulletin staff report
Housing Works, the public housing authority for Central Oregon, announced Friday that executive director Tom Kemper is retiring in March.
Kemper took over from his predecessor, Cyndy Cook, when she retired in 2013. Kemper first worked with Housing Works, then known as the Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority, as a developer in the Ariel Glen Apartments project. He brought a background in real estate investment, finance, tax law and multifamily affordable development to the agency, according to a Housing Works news release.
Since coming on board at Housing Works, Kemper has steered to completion affordable housing projects in Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Sisters and La Pine. A tally of projects listed in The Bulletin archives yields more than 200 units in apartment buildings, townhomes and single-family homes either coming available or planned for construction in 2017 alone. The cost to build those projects exceeded $30 million. During Kemper’s tenure, Housing Works created more than 400 affordable housing units, according to the organization.
Housing Works typically employs state and federal grants, fee waivers, tax credits and other financial tools to build affordable housing for a population for whom the increasing price of area homes is out of reach. The housing authority serves about 2,000 households, the organization stated in a news release.