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Creating Community Together

Bill Perkins

Bill Perkins has a 48-year career in housing development, policy and program design. In 2013 he began working as Bill Perkins, Community Building Consulting, LLC.

Bill founded the Wisconsin Partnership in 1985 and was Executive Director until his retirement in 2013. Under Bill’s direction, the Partnership developed almost 900 rental and sale homes; provided training, technical assistance, and consulting services to over 140 nonprofit and for-profit companies; and consulted on housing program design, evaluation and management for more than 40 local and state governments and other public agencies. The Partnership created, managed or consulted on 13 financing programs that provided over $300 million in debt and equity financing to develop, rehabilitate and conserve energy in almost 8,000 homes. Between 2001 and 2013, the Partnership managed more than $37 million in down payment assistance and counseling to over 7,300 homebuyers in Wisconsin and provided financial support for counseling to another 5,000 homebuyers and 400 renters with funding from the Housing Partnership Network. The Partnership under Bill’s direction helped more than 19,000 households live in decent, affordable homes.

Before founding the Partnership, Bill directed policy and program development from 1977 to 1985 in the Wisconsin Division of Housing, and was Administrator of the Division for four years. Bill co-founded the Community Resources Group in Cambridge, MA 1970, that worked in neighborhoods throughout New England to prevent displacement of lower income residents and promote long-term residency. Previously, he directed housing and neighborhood initiatives in the Community Development Office of the City of Cambridge.

In December 1990, President George H. W. Bush appointed Bill to the Federal Housing Finance Board, the federal agency that oversaw the Federal Home Loan Bank System. He served as the first community interest director of the FHFB until the end of 1993. Bill served for five years as Chairman of the Housing Partnership Network, a national organization whose members include the largest and highest-performing nonprofit developers in the country. Bill was awarded a Master’s in City and Regional Planning with distinction from Harvard University in 1968 and a ­BA in Design from Southern Illinois Univer­sity in 1963.