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

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Thank you for tuning in to the conclusion of Katie’s talk with ChangeMaker Lindsey Reames, the Executive Director of the Grand Rapids Housing Commission. Lindsey’s passion and dedication to affordable housing serve as an inspiration to us all. She reminds us that every small step we take toward creating a more just and equitable society can have a lasting impact on the lives of those around us. Lindsey leaves us with one final piece of advice: to avoid complacency in the fight for affordable housing. Despite the progress that has been made over the years, there is still much work to be done to ensure everyone has access to safe, affordable housing. So let’s take Lindsey’s advice and continue to push for change, never become complacent, and always strive for a better future for 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.