The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta has appointed Bill Lazar, executive director of St. Johns Housing Partnership (SJHP) in St. Augustine, to its Affordable Housing Advisory Council.
The council serves an important role in helping FHLBank Atlanta fulfill its community lending and affordable housing mission and works closely with the FHLBank Atlanta board of directors and management to ensure the community lending and housing finance needs of communities within the bank’s district are met.
Lazar has worked with nonprofit affordable housing programs for 30 years.
He founded SJHP in 1996, and under his leadership the organization has grown to provide various affordable housing services, including home repair to more than 100 households each year, financial literacy, purchase and preservation of rental properties, and purchase and retrofit of single-family homes to green-certified standards.
The mission of SJHP is to promote safe, decent and affordable housing in North Florida by creating links between the public and private sectors on projects that create low- and moderate-income housing and rebuilding neglected homes and neighborhoods.
SJHP has a nationally recognized HUD counseling services staff specializing in foreclosure prevention.
Additionally, Lazar has been a board member of the St. Johns Builders Council since 2003, twice serving as chairman. He is also a past board member of the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) and a strong advocate for incorporating green building features and FGBC certification into affordable housing programs.
He joins three other new appointees to the 15-member council.