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Gulliford retires from county Housing Authority

Steve Gulliford is leaving the Housing Authority of Island County after 20 years of service. - Submitted photo
Steve Gulliford is leaving the Housing Authority of Island County after 20 years of service.
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Steve Gulliford, executive director of the Housing Authority of Island County, is retiring Dec. 31 after 20 years of helping needy individuals find homes.

During his tenure Gulliford has been deeply involved in issues surrounding housing and homelessness prevention.

One of the most recent and significant highlights of Gulliford’s career was the construction of Marjie‚Äôs House, a 16 unit housing complex in Oak Harbor that serves homeless women and children that may or may not be fleeing domestic violence.

Gulliford was also instrumental in acquiring more units of public housing for seniors in Oak Harbor (Golden Oaks), and an additional senior complex (Glenhaven) in Langley. He also applied for and received funding from the Housing Trust fund for Islander apartments, a complex that provides supportive housing to the chronically mentally ill in Island County, and is a partnership between the Housing Authority and Compass Health.

He’s also been actively involved in Habitat for Humanity, serving on their board for approximately 5 years, as well as being involved in the former Self-Help Housing program that resulted in approximately 40 homes being built for working families throughout various areas of the island.

Gulliford is currently president of Saratoga Housing, the local community land trust, and he continues to partner with Goosefoot to find creative ways to solve the islands housing issues.

Gullford said he will remain in a consulting role as the Housing Authority attempts to develop a 26-unit family complex in Freeland, as well as filling in as the interim executive director at the Skagit County Housing Authority for the next few months.

His successor is Teri Anania, who has been with the Housing Authority for 6 years as the Family Self-Sufficiency Program coordinator.

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