Former Neighborhood Housing Services Oklahoma Board President William Wiley Rice, Jr. was honored with a plaque dedication at a ceremony at The Commons on Classen. Mr. Rice, who passed away in 2018, 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. Wiley joined the NHSOKLA Board of Directors served with many faithful years of service. He knew the impact that safe, affordable housing made in a community, and believed that homeownership is the key to successful, stable neighborhoods.
“Wiley brought all of his years of experience as a City Planner to Neighborhood Housing Services Oklahoma and provided outstanding leadership during a time of growth for our organization. We will always be grateful for how he served our community and was a steady champion for affordable housing. He is greatly missed,” said Roland Chupik, NHSOKLA Executive Director.
Mr. Rice’s leadership and guidance was instrumental in the creation of The Commons on Classen, an affordable housing development for those over the age of 62 in Oklahoma City’s chic Midtown district. Appropriately, a plaque located in the first floor meeting space now honors Mr. Rice and his service.