Multi-Family Housing Programs Adopt New Structure

Name
Erin McDuff
Phone
City
Portland
Release Date
Oct 10, 2020

To continue to meet the increasing demand for safe and affordable multi-family rental housing in rural America, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is reorganizing its Multi-Family Housing Programs into an integrated model with specialized teams. The Western Region, including Oregon, will transition to this new model effective October 13, 2020.

This integration will allow the Multi-Family Housing Programs to establish streamlined business processes and improve customer service. The transition to this new model is taking place in two waves. The first wave, including USDA's National Office and Northeastern region, took effect in July. The second wave includes the Western, Midwestern, and Southern regions and will begin on October 13, 2020.

All Multi-Family Housing staff will be aligned within one of three integrated divisions: 

  • The Field Operations Division will deliver routine servicing through regional teams.
  • The Production and Preservation Division will process, underwrite, and close all Multi-Family Housing direct, preservation, and guaranteed loan transactions.
  • The Asset Management Division, through regional teams, will oversee portfolio health.

As the new Western Region Director, Becki Meyer will lead Field Operations staff in performing day-to-day servicing tasks; addressing owner, tenant, and partner needs; and monitoring property performance to ensure compliance with USDA's financial and physical requirements. The Western Region Director will also provide asset management oversight, policy direction, and support our preservation and affordable housing production goals.

As part of this transition, the Rural Development staff who have previously supported specific properties will change. New contact information will be provided soon. In the meantime, we encourage Multi-Family Housing funding recipients and partners in Oregon to reach out to the new Western Region Director to build upon existing partnerships and forge new ones.

          Becki Meyer, Regional Director, Western Region 
          (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY) 
          Phone: (360) 704-7702; Email: becki.meyer@usda.gov