Eric Brown (Courtesy of Prince George's County government)
Eric Brown (Courtesy of Prince George's County government)

An affordable rental housing advocate in Prince George’s County who’s spent more than 30 years ensuring accommodations for low- and moderate-income families and individuals has been named Housing Person of the Year.

Eric Brown, director of the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development, was honored in late October during the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition’s 15-year anniversary celebration.

“We applaud Eric Brown for this award since he has been a strong advocate and leader of providing affordable housing in Prince George’s County,” said Rushern Baker, county executive. “Over the past five years, we have been focused on attracting more private investment for affordable housing in Prince George’s County. Eric has been a leader in these successful efforts. As a result, we are now seeing new and renovated affordable housing units throughout the county.”

MAHC, which advocates for affordable rental housing in the state, cited Brown for his contributions advancing the interest of the affordable rental housing community in Maryland through participation in policy, program improvements and volunteer efforts that have benefited housing for low- and moderate-income individuals.

Brown, who has a bachelor’s degree in public administration, a master’s in urban regional planning and juris doctorate, also has nearly three decades of senior level administrative and management experience in the multi-family rental housing arena. He served as deputy executive director of Housing Management in New Orleans, deputy executive director for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, and executive director of the housing authority in Meridian, Mississippi.

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