Elbon excited to shares Fund’s success with other state housing finance agencies
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Housing Development Fund has announced that Julia Elbon, a longtime member of the Fund’s Board of Directors, has been named president of The National Conference of State Housing Boards
The National Conference of State Housing Boards (NCSHB) provides educational and training opportunities for state housing finance agency board members to help them govern their organizations more effectively.
“This is an honor and I’m proud to be part of this organization,” said Elbon. “What we do in West Virginia works and works well. I’m excited to share our strategies with other housing finance agencies.”
Elbon is a longtime Realtor, Founder of Archer Real Estate, developer, builder and educator in Randolph County. She was a member of our state House of Delegates and was elected to the Randolph County Commission. Julia lives in the Elkins area with her husband Harold. She has two children and two grandchildren.
Serving on the Fund’s board for nearly three decades has given Elbon an interesting and seasoned perspective on the state’s housing dynamic. She is excited to bring that experience to her new role.
“West Virginia has been nationally recognized as the best state for first-time homebuyers and the Fund has been a fundamental part of that,” Elbon said. “Even in the most challenging times, the Fund has been there for our state and our people. We’re excited about the future and we remain committed to our mission of making certain our residents, not just homebuyers, have access to safe, affordable housing.”
The NCSHB board, which meets three times a year and holds bi-monthly conference calls, is currently holding their 2015 Educational & Development Workshop in Annapolis, Md. Elbon is the first Fund board of directors’ member and the first West Virginian to serve on the NCSHB.
The Fund’s 11-member board is comprised of the Governor, State Agriculture Commissioner, State Treasurer, State Attorney General and seven others, all of whom are appointed by the Governor.
“Our board, which is all volunteer, is active and engaged,” said Erica Boggess, the Fund’s Acting Executive Director. “We have a great mix of members who’ve been here for awhile, and new folks who bring a fresh perspective.”
She added that the Fund is thrilled with Elbon’s presidency and what she can bring to the group.
“Julia cares so deeply about this state and our people,” Boggess said. “It’s a pleasure to work with her – and all of our board – as we strive to fulfill our mission.”
The West Virginia Housing Development Fund is a public body corporate and governmental instrumentality of the State of West Virginia established to increase the supply of residential housing for persons and families of low- and moderate-income, and to provide construction and permanent mortgage financing to public and private sponsors of such housing. To date, the Housing Development Fund has issued more than $4.3 billion in bonds and has financed more than 117,000 housing units since it began operation in 1969. The West Virginia Housing Development Fund is an Equal Housing Opportunity Lender.