Spotlight on William Wiley Rice, Jr.
Wiley Rice knows the impact that safe, affordable housing can make in a community. He worked for the City of Oklahoma City Planning Department for more than 20 years and quickly noticed the transformative work of Neighborhood Housing Services Oklahoma in the local community. Now retired and serving as the President of the NHSOKLA Board of Directors, he sees the lives of those who are changed. “I have had the opportunity to attend some of the new home owners’ closings. It’s just wonderful to see people become home owners for the first time,” he said.
Celebrating its 35th year of service, NHSOKLA provides financial counseling, assistance and an inventory of safe, affordable homes to families with low-to-moderate incomes. “Neighborhood Housing Services Oklahoma is a true part of the community. I see them as a more than competent provider of quality, affordable housing. They are a model organization that is doing great work in the community – they have to be one of the best in the nation.”
Rice said that the organization is always ready and able to adapt its programs to make a real difference in the lives of those who need them. “Neighborhood Housing Services Oklahoma has an entrepreneurial approach to the way they do business. They have an asset base of affordable rental properties, rehabilitate donated properties, and operate a strong first-time homebuyer assistance program. I believe NHSOKLA provides a full range of services and opportunities for a large group of people who need housing, from first-time homeowner families to retired persons needing quality, affordable apartments.”
“NHSOKLA supports the idea that home ownership is the key to successful stable neighborhoods. They are both developing the housing and working with the people who need it. That’s truly important because home ownership is the strength of a neighborhood and that strength spreads to other citizens. NHSOKLA is the type of organization that will be here for the long-term helping people and contributing to neighborhood revitalization. ”