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         Executive Director Lynn Hayes Director of Housing Resources 

Kayrine V. Brown            
Deputy Executive Director

Jennifer Hines Washington              

Acting Director of Mortgage Finance
Tia Blount               
Director of Public Affairs & Communications

Bonnie Hodge  

Chief Ombudsman Officer

John Broullire  Director of Risk Management Matt Husman  Chief Logistics and Facilities Officer 

Richard Congo                 

Acting Chief Technology Officer

Zachary Marks   

Chief Real Estate Officer
Darcel Cox   
Chief Compliance Officer
Patrick Mattingly   

Director of Human Resources

Steven Firth             

Acting Chief Maintenance Officer

Aisha Memon          

General Counsel 
Tim Goetzinger Chief Development Funds Officer/
Acting Chief Financial Officer
Ken Silverman Director of Government & Legislative Affairs

Ellen Goff
Acting Property Management Director Fred Swan  Director of Resident Services