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Maine State Housing Authority Welcomes New Director

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MaineHousing Director John Gallagher

John Gallagher brings affordable housing development, finance experience to position

For Immediate Release October 1, 2012

Contact: Deborah Turcotte
MaineHousing Public Information Manager
(w) 626-4617 or (c) 242-1904

AUGUSTA – The Maine State Housing Authority today welcomes John Gallagher as its new director.

Mr. Gallagher, who was nominated by Governor Paul LePage in August and received legislative confirmation on September 6, becomes MaineHousing’s 11th director since the quasi-independent governmental entity was created in 1969.

“Our focus is on the future of this organization,” Mr. Gallagher said. “While we may need to resolve a few issues from the past, we’re welcoming change and embracing opportunity. Our goal is to improve upon the work of this mission-driven agency. We’re going to do better.”

Peter Merrill, MaineHousing’s Director of Communications and Planning, has served as acting director since last March.

Since 1999, Mr. Gallagher served as executive director of Westbrook Housing Authority and president of Westbrook Development Corporation. The two agencies develop and manage affordable and low-income housing in the Westbrook and Greater Portland areas.

Before his tenure at Westbrook Housing Authority, Mr. Gallagher served as program manager for the Development Division at MaineHousing. He also has more than 20 years of experience in residential real estate.

Mr. Gallagher is certified and trained in public housing management, multi-family housing development finance, and housing credit underwriting. He’s held seats on the boards of the Maine Association of Public Housing Directors, Residential Initiatives for Maine, the Southern Maine Affordable Rental Housing Coalition, the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, and Avesta Housing.

He currently is vice president for professional development for the New England Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, and is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Advisory Council, and the Board of the Genesis Foundation and its investment committee.

The mission of MaineHousing is to assist Maine people to obtain and maintain decent, safe, affordable housing and services suitable to their unique housing needs. Our Web site is www.mainehousing.org.


MaineHousing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, or familial status in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs, and activities. MaineHousing will provide appropriate communication auxiliary aids and services upon sufficient notice. MaineHousing will also provide this document in alternative formats upon sufficient notice. MaineHousing has designated the following person responsible for coordinating compliance with applicable federal and state nondiscrimination requirements and addressing grievances: Louise Patenaude, MaineHousing, 353 Water Street, Augusta, Maine 04330-4633, Telephone Number 1-800-452 4668 (voice in state only),(207) 626-4600 (voice), 1-800-452-4603 (TTY in state only), or (207) 623-2985 (TTY).