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U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced that President Barack Obama has appointed Bill Block of Seattle as HUD Regional Administrator for Region X, which includes Oregon. He succeeds Mary McBride of Olympia whom Secretary Donovan recently named HUD’s Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management.
Mr. Block is an attorney whose private practice has focused on complex real estate transactions on behalf of both private and public entities. In 2005, then-King County Executive Ron Sims asked him to serve as Director of the Committee to End Homelessness. In this capacity he coordinated the efforts of some 70 local government, non-profit and for-profit entities, faith-based communities, philanthropies and formerly homeless people in implementing the County’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in Seattle/King County. During his tenure, some 5,000 housing units were funded for homeless and at-risk individuals and families in the County.
As HUD’s Northwest Regional Administrator, Mr. Block will help manage and coordinate the delivery of HUD programmatic and financial support in housing, community and economic development to 56 housing authorities, 227 federally-recognized tribes and Alaskan native villages, 59 state, county and local governments and more than 400 projects serving the homeless in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state and the provision of subsidized housing to more than 180,000 households in the region.