Nicole Utz to Lead the Salem Housing Authority

Posted on July 18, 2019

Nicole Utz has been appointed to lead the Salem Housing Authority as its administrator. She was serving as the Interim Administrator for the Housing Authority after Andy Wilch, the previous Administrator, retired earlier this year. Utz has worked in the Salem Housing Authority for 15 years and has experience in nearly every aspect of the organization’s operations.

“I am thrilled that Nicole has agreed to be the Salem Housing Authority Administrator,” says Salem City Manager Steve Powers. “She has the expertise, experience, and passion to guide the housing authority and continue the good work serving those who need housing.”

For 14 years, Utz was the manager for the Salem Housing Authority’s Property Management and Maintenance Department. She also was instrumental in the development and success of the Homeless Rental Assistance Program, and is a driving force for current efforts to build affordable housing that meets the needs of those experiencing mental illness and behaviors associated with chronic homelessness.

About the Salem Housing Authority

The Salem Housing Authority’ mission is to assist low and moderate-income families to achieve self-sufficiency through stable housing, economic opportunity, community investment, and coordination with social service providers. Established in 1969, the Salem Housing Authority serves approximately 9,000 Salem-area residents with safe and affordable rental housing assistance. The Salem Housing Authority is also part of the Emergency Housing Network which brings together hundreds of community partners to network and coordinate with other advocates and agencies serving those who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of experiencing homelessness. Learn more about the Salem Housing Authority by visiting

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