April 14, 2017

Regional Focus: Meet the Northern Virginia Team

VHDA's booth at the
Northern Virginia Housing Expo
Virginia’s housing needs vary across the state. To better understand and address those needs, VHDA is increasing its regional presence by having associates live and work outside of the Richmond and Wytheville areas, where our three offices are located. For example, we have four associates located in Northern Virginia, working in Homeownership, Community Outreach and Rental Housing.

Regina Pinkney is the Homeownership business development officer for Northern Virginia. Living and working in Fairfax County, Regina works with VHDA’s network of approved lenders in this region to explain the features of our programs and show how those features can help Virginians achieve the dream of homeownership. She will be working to increase the number of lenders in Northern Virginia who offer VHDA loans, as well as encouraging our existing lenders to offer VHDA loans to qualified borrowers. Regina will also help educate the area’s real estate agents about the advantages of VHDA financing, our free homebuyer’s class, our Down Payment Assistance grant and Mortgage Credit Certificates.

Ayan Addou is in Falls Church. Ayan serves as a Northern Virginia Strategic Housing Officer for the Community Outreach division. Ayan works closely with our partners to provide technical assistance around affordable housing, mixed-use financing, and capacity building and where appropriate, connects VHDA products and services to address local needs. Ayan regularly attends stakeholder meetings and represents VHDA at conferences and events. For example, in March, VHDA sponsored the Northern Virginia Housing Expo. Ayan and other associates provided information to prospective homebuyers and renters about our loan programs and VirginiaHousingSearch.com.

In Rental Housing, Hang Kooc is the construction control officer residing in Fairfax. The developments in Northern Virginia tend to be more complex construction deals. Hang is readily available to provide guidance on issues relating to accessibility, quality control and constructability. If the general contractor or consultant runs into issues, Hang is able to make a site visit to find a solution. This process helps keep the project moving.

Cary Boswell is a compliance officer in Rental Housing responsible for the properties in our portfolio that are in the southern part of Northern Virginia. With a background in property management in Northern Virginia, she serves as a liaison from an asset management and compliance perspective. Cary lives in Westmoreland County, which is outside of Fredericksburg. Working and living in the same region where properties are located makes her more accessible to property managers. Compliance is getting more complex, and often requires a site visit to work on issues. Management agents can meet with Cary on site within hours.

By committing resources focused on the individual needs of each region, VHDA is able to strengthen partnerships that allow us to provide quality, affordable housing.

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