Media Release

For Immediate Release Please: March 2, 2017

Contact:  Ron Clewer, CEO 815-299-8019

Rockford, Illinois

The Rockford Housing Authority serving the greater Rockford area announced today that Ron Clewer CEO, of RHA and Director of Bridge Rockford Alliance, Inc. has submitted his letter of resignation; effective March 31, 2017.

“Ron has been an exceptional CEO and leader of The Rockford Housing Authority and Bridge Rockford Alliance. During his tenure he has forged important initiatives and relationships with many nonprofits, business leaders and public officials, working toward our collective goals of improving the quality of life issues throughout our community, “said Jerry Lumpkins, RHA Board Chairman and Bridge Rockford Alliance President.  Continuing “Ron has made countless contributions to our agencies’ success and visibility, and has successfully implemented our strategic plan by engaging talented staff. During his six and a half year tenure, he has been a wonderful change agent during difficult times for our community. We are truly sad to see him go.”

On April 10th, 2017 Ron will join The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. “My past six plus years with RHA have been some of the best years of my professional life, and I will certainly miss working with the talented and dedicated staff, Board, supporters, friends and partners associated with Bridge Rockford Alliance and RHA,” states Mr. Clewer.

“I am very proud of the tremendous growth, accomplishments, and prominence that our team has achieved during the years of growth and transition under Ron’s leadership” states Jerry Lumpkins.

Ron states, “I am confident the many good people who have supported our residents through the social service organizations that they represent, will continue to do so. These partnerships and commitments are secure.”

“Ron will be missed, and we want to wish him all the best as he enters a new stage in his life and career, states Vice Chairman Phyllis Ginestra.  “I am confident in our staff and Board as we steadily move forward at this juncture of growth and opportunity.” Phyllis has served as a Commissioner of the Board for the Rockford Housing Authority since August, 2005.

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The Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) is a municipal corporation established under Chapter 67 1/2 of the Illinois statutes. It is governed by a Board of five (5) Commissioners. The Rockford Housing Authority has historically served the housing needs of persons whose income is low and very low in the City of Rockford through HUD funded public and Section 8 housing. RHA has provided “decent, safe, and sanitary” low-income public housing to Rockford’s citizens for decades.

Bridge Rockford Alliance, Inc. (BRaI), 501(C)(3) HUD recognized instrumentality of RHA, was established by resolution of the RHA Board of Commissioners on March 9, 2011. BRAI extends the services and opportunities of a public housing agency. Instrumentalities allow the housing authority to operate more as private organizations and expand opportunities for residents of affordable housing, housing developments and the related supporting activities i.e. health and human services. This broader reach provides BRAI the authority to seek out and enter into new business relationships as a means to support its mission.

The Rockford Housing Authority, alongside Bridge Rockford Alliance, is in transition from a provider of decent safe and sanitary housing to the leading provider of housing that meets a higher community vision.