MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (DC News Now) — After a nationwide search, Chelsea Andrews was selected more than a dozen candidates be the Executive Director of the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) of Montgomery County. 

The HOC is the largest affordable housing developer and landlord in the county. It administers programs touching approximately 16,000 families.

Andrews said one of her priorities is making sure all residents know about the many resources the HOC provides. Those resources include voucher subsidies, case services to those experiencing homelessness, and assisting with first time home buyer loans.

“Just really mission-oriented focus on making sure that the impact that I can make with the experience that I have allows me an opportunity to create pathways for families,” said Andrews.

One of Andrews’ goals is to preserve and purchase as much affordable housing as possible.

As of Monday, the Housing Opportunities Commission had 13 ongoing developments in the design, predevelopment, or construction stage. Those projects, ultimately, should produce close to 3,300 units.

People in Montgomery County who are facing eviction are hoping to see rental rates stabilize. The issue is a concern for the HOC, too, along with its new executive director.

“There are multiple resources to assist with outstanding rental payments,” said Andrews. “Even still, there are many families that are hurting and don’t have access to those resources needed to remain housed.”

Andrews is beginning her tenure as the HOC’s leader at an important time. It’s preparing to update its strategic plan for the next five years.