The Board of The Housing Foundation, Inc. (HFI) has appointed Jonathan Bond as its new Executive Director, effective November 29, 2018. Mr. Bond succeeds Tim Palmer.
HFI develops and manages quality, affordable housing for low-income individuals and families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Incorporated in 1986 and working in close relationship with the Vermont State Housing Authority, HFI owns and operates more than $60 million worth of affordable housing, including the largest share of mobile home parks in Vermont. HFI’s apartment portfolio includes the newly rebuilt and innovative Hollister Hill complex in Marshfield, which combines housing with common spaces for community programs and supportive services.
Mr. Bond is currently the director of two statewide programs of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO). These programs provide services for approximately thirty percent of all Vermonters living in rental units and for residents living in any of Vermont’s 241 mobile home parks. In 2018, he received a Community Award from the Champlain Housing Trust for his work on the creation of the North Avenue Cooperative. Before coming to CVOEO, Mr. Bond did research at UVM that examined community vulnerabilities and resilience, with a focus on mobile home housing. Mr. Bond holds an M.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont, and earned his B.S from the University of Maine.
“Jonathan’s extensive experience working with both mobile home park residents and low-income tenants, and his considerable leadership skills in the affordable housing arena, will serve HFI and its tenants well,” says HFI Board President Alison J. Bell. “HFI is poised to build on the very successful tenure of ED Tim Palmer, and to embark on some exciting new initiatives. We are confident in Jonathan’s ability to lead us into the future.”