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Biden Appoints OR Housing Head As Regional U.S. Housing Administrator

(Salem, OR) -- President Biden is appointing the head of Oregon Housing and Community Services to become a regional administrator of U.S. Housing and Urban Development. Margaret Salazar has been director of OHCS since 2016. She helped develop the state's first Statewide Housing Plan. Two years into that five year plan, 18-thousand affordable homes have been built. Salazar has been criticized for her agency's deployment of federal emergency rent assistance. Thousands of applications are still unprocessed and some Oregon legislators want an audit of the agency's management of rent assistance payments.

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