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San Mateo County names new housing director

 

San Mateo County officials Monday announced the name of the person who could be filling in as executive director of the county's Department of Housing in light of the current director's pending departure.

Kenneth Cole, the director of the Santa Cruz County Housing Authority, has been nominated as a replacement for Bill Lowell, who will retire from his post in October after 10 years with the department.

The county's Board of Supervisors will consider Cole's appointment during a meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Redwood City. If approved, Cole is expected to start as director next week.

Before Cole's Housing Authority position, he served as executive director of the Homeless Service Center in Santa Cruz. He was at the helm of public policy for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington prior to that.

San Mateo County Manager John Maltbie said he's confident Cole will make strides to address the regional supply of affordable housing.

"His experience navigating the complex landscape of housing needs and resources in Santa Cruz County make him an outstanding choice to help the county of San Mateo increase the affordable options for those who choose to call it home," Maltbie said in a statement.

The Department of Housing oversees state and federal affordable housing programs in the county. It aims to provide rental and housing assistance to the county's low-income residents, as well as financing and technical assistance to partner organizations.

— Bay City News Service

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