Changing Lives A Priority for New Housing Opportunities Commission Director

“This is my mission. This is my passion,” Chelsea Andrews said of the role she started in July as the new executive director of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County.

She spoke with MyMCM about her plans to bring more affordable housing to the county and provide residents with not just a place to live, but a chance to change the trajectory of their lives.

HOC provides 15,000 housing vouchers to families, and expects to create 3,273 new housing units this year, said Andrews, who is the mother of an 11-year-old daughter.

The Wheaton resident considers her job “an awesome opportunity to make an impact in my own hometown.”

One of HOC’s new projects, Heritage Emery Grove in Gaithersburg, will include senior housing, townhomes, retail establishments, and even a baseball field on 300 acres formerly owned by free Blacks.

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