The Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (HOC) was established in 1974 to better respond to the County’s need for affordable housing. HOC is authorized to acquire, own, lease, and operate housing; to provide for the construction or renovation of housing; obtain financial assistance from any public or private source to assist its housing activities; and arrange for social services, resident services and day care.

HOC has creatively responded to the changes that affect the production of affordable housing. As federal subsidies for affordable housing were slashed, HOC sought and found other ways to produce housing that is affordable in the County.  Because of this, HOC is considered a national leader in developing affordable housing.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Housing Opportunities Commission is to provide affordable housing and supportive services that enhance the lives of low- and moderate-income families and individuals throughout Montgomery County, Maryland so that:
  • No one in Montgomery County is living in substandard housing;
  • We strengthen families and communities as good neighbors;
  • We establish an efficient and productive environment that fosters trust, open communication and mutual respect;
  • We work with advocates and providers to maintain support for all the work of the Commission.

To achieve this mission, HOC operates as an affordable housing agency, a housing finance agency and a housing developer.

The Montgomery County government provides funding for the Commission to manage the following service programs:

  • Affordable Housing Development: acquires Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) for rental to lower-income families;
  • Public Housing Management: maintains community norms and relationships between homeowner associations and public housing residents;
  • Services to Residents in Assisted Housing: provides counseling and support services to low-income individuals and families in assisted housing; and
  • Housing Resource Service: provides up-to-date information on available housing programs.


Executive Staff

Chelsea J. Andrews         President / Executive Director Bonnie Hodge  Chief Ombudsman Officer

Kayrine V. Brown            
Senior Executive Vice President

Matt Husman

Vice President, Logistics & Facilities 
Sean Asberry             
Vice President, Maintenance Zachary Marks

Senior Vice President, Real Estate

Tia Blount Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications Aisha Memon Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs / General Counsel

Elaine Cole

Vice President Human Resources /
Chief Human Resources Officer

Ali Ozair Vice President, Property Management
Richard Congo Vice President, Information Technology / Chief Information Officer

DaVida Rowley-Blackman Vice President, Resident Services
Darcel Cox   Vice President, Compliance Ken Silverman  Vice President, Government Affairs  
Timothy Goetzinger Senior Vice President, Finance /
Chief Financial Officer

Michael Somerville

Vice President, Mortgage Finance

Lynn Hayes Vice President, Housing Resources John Wilhoit Vice President, Asset Management