Penny Houchin began the great adventure of working as the Housing Director for ECKAN in November 2001. Ms. Houchin has experienced the challenges of Section 8 housing since 1983 starting as an assistant manager of a multi-family apartment complex for Cohen/Esrey Real Estate Services. During her employment with this management company she became the Resident Manager of the same complex and continued working there until 1997. At that time she was promoted to the Director of Compliance and continued in this capacity until September of 2000. As Director of Compliance, Ms. Houchin received the opportunity to discover the exciting world of the Section 42 Tax Credit program. Some of her responsibilities as compliance director included auditing section 8 multi-family property files as well as the tax credit property files. With the new Section 42 Tax Credit program, it was her responsibility to create and implement the instruction manuals for the program. In September of 2000 Ms. Houchin began working for the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing as the assistant to the Housing Administrator. This allowed Ms. Houchin to learn the ins and outs of the Section 42 Tax Credit program from the ground up. She continued working with the State of Kansas until 2001.
Penny came to ECKAN with the skills and qualifications of knowing all of the housing programs including several certifications. These certifications included Certified Manager of Occupancy, Advanced Occupancy 201, Certified Professional of Occupancy, Fair Housing & Section 504 training. Since starting with ECKAN she has also acquired the following certificates: Section 8 HCV Executive Management, Housing Choice Voucher Specialist, Advanced PHA Accounting, Budgeting & Finance, Housing Specialist Certification, Section 8 Housing Manager, Section 8 Occupancy, and Family Self Sufficiency.
When she’s not working Ms. Houchin enjoys riding, quilting, crafts, camping, reading and spending time with her family. With her grandson’s arrival in April 2012 she feels her circle of life is complete and believes in living life to its fullest.