Mary Ellen Shay began her career as a VISTA volunteer in 1970. She worked in Shasta County and founded the Self Help Home Improvement Project with her VISTA colleagues. SHHIP just celebrated its 30th Anniversary. She has worked at the local, state and federal level in developing affordable housing and has had a private consulting business since 1986. She has prepared over 300 market studies for affordable housing and serves as program liaison to over 20 HOME projects. She has assisted in the preparation of numerous tax credit and bond applications, as well as other affordable housing programs.
As a legislative advocate, she represents the California Housing Authorities Association and the California Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies. She serves on the Board of Directors of the California Housing Consortium and is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program Advisory Committee.
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