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Ashley Short, Executive Assistant

217-378-7100 Ext. 5028







Champaign, IL. January 29, 2021. The Housing Authority of Champaign County has appointed Lily L. Walton as Interim Executive Director. Following a unanimous vote by the board of commissioners on Thursday, January 28, 2021, Chairman Dr. Grant G. Henry announced that Ms. Walton would take on the role of managing the daily operations of the authority during this time of transition for the agency beginning on February 1, 2021.

Ms. Walton has been with the Authority for three years, filling various roles such as the Interim Deputy Director of Enrichment Operations and the Director of YouthBuild.  During her time with the agency, Lily has led several strategic initiatives aimed at cultivating equity and self-sufficiency in housing. She has also been responsible for operational and administrative oversight of the Move to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program, Family Self-Sufficiency Program, Policy Development & Planning, YouthBuild Program, Client Services Division, and government relations.

“Lily’s breadth of experience and dedication for improving affordable housing makes her a perfect fit to lead the Housing Authority of Champaign County” said Former Executive Director and CEO David A. Northern Sr.

“I am grateful that the board has trusted me with the opportunity to lead the housing authority. Walton said. “As we look to the future, the board and I are committed to listening to residents and working with the community to identify new and innovate ways to meet the residents’ basic needs and promote their economic resiliency. I’m honored to continue my service here in Champaign County and support the authority during this transitional period.”

For more information, please contact the Housing Authority of Champaign County at (217) 378-7100.

About the Housing Authority of Champaign County: The Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC) is a municipal corporation organized according to the Illinois Housing Authority Act. The jurisdiction of HACC includes all incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county of Champaign, Illinois. In 2010, HACC became one of only 39 public housing authorities in the country to be designated as a Moving to Work (MTW) Agency. Today, HACC has had extensive development and management experience and developed over $100 million of new affordable housing through mixed financing methods. Besides, HACC has administered over 1,200 tenant-based vouchers, a homeownership program, and a rental assistance program for homeless veterans. HACC also administers a multitude of resident support and service programs under various HUD and non-HUD grants.


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