Episode 72 | Part One: Lindsey Reames Executive Director, Grand Rapids Housing Commission

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In this episode, Katie is joined by ChangeMaker Lindsey Reames, the Executive Director of The Grand Rapids Housing Commission. With over 30 years of experience in affordable, subsidized, and public housing administration, Lindsey is a true champion of housing justice and equity. Join us as we dive into Lindsey’s inspiring journey, from her early days in housing management to her current role as a leading advocate for low-income families and individuals. Lindsey shares her insights on the importance of community engagement, collaboration, and innovation in addressing the complex challenges of affordable housing. From providing oversight and technical assistance to helping housing authorities overcome program requirements, Lindsey’s hands-on expertise has made a lasting impact on countless individuals and families. Her passion and dedication to creating a more just and equitable society serve as an inspiration to us all.

About Lindsey Reames: Ms. Reames is currently serving as the Executive Director at the Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) in Grand Rapids,

Michigan. The GRHC has a diverse affordable housing portfolio that includes 203 remaining public housing units, 212 RAD converted units, 153 MF new construction project based units; 24 units of rapid re-housing; 102 mod rehab units; over 500 units of project based vouchers (GRHC owned and non-owned); and over 3500 vouchers that includes VASH, NED, FYI, Mainstream and EHV.

Prior to 2021, Ms. Reames worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for over 30 years serving in a number of leadership positions, most notably, the Deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations where her primary responsibility included leading the Recovery and Prevention team overseeing receivership and troubled PHAs. In this capacity she has served as the HUD Recovery Administrator/Receiver and Board Chair on behalf of the HUD Secretary at many agencies across the country. Ms. Reames was assigned as the principal advisor to the HUD Secretary and served on the Federal Interagency Unified Coordinating Group tasked with designing and implementing a cross-agency response for addressing the water crisis in Flint.

She is an accomplished and results driven leader with the ability to think strategically, effectuate change, build teams, partner, problem solve, manage resources, influence and build consensus.