WCCA Housing Programs Director Sheryl Fortune is retiring after a 33-year career with the non-profit agency. During this time, Fortune managed the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, implemented the agency’s highly successful Family Self-Sufficiency and HCV Home Ownership programs, helped 59 families become home buyers. first home and enabled more than 4,000 families and people with disabilities to access safe and affordable housing in our region.
Fortune began her career in 1988. She also managed the Weatherization, Single Family Rehabilitation and Urgent Repair programs for WCCA which helped low-income families stay in their homes. In the early 2000s, Fortune initiated and assisted in the development of three low-income multi-family housing developments in Brevard – English Hills Apartments, English House (supportive housing) and Excelsior Apartments. She has consistently achieved a “High Performer” designation for the WCCA Housing Choice Voucher program.
Sheryl Fortune has shown leadership and served on numerous national, regional and local housing committees and community development boards responsible for making policy decisions and shaping all aspects of the affordable housing industry in the South. -is of the United States. Throughout her career, Fortune has been passionate about helping people transition from public assistance to independence. His work with the WCCA’s Family Self-Sufficiency and Homeownership Programs was recognized in 2013 when Fortune received the National Merit Award for Program Innovation from the National Assoc. housing and redevelopment officers (NAHRO).
In 2015, she supported the National Community Action Association’s prestigious Sargent Shriver Award recipient program for these flagship programs.
After such an incredible career, Fortune is able to look back and know she made a difference.
While humbled by her many accomplishments, she admits she can’t wait to retire. Fortune has four children, 4 grandchildren, enjoys the outdoors, and is an accomplished ballroom dancer who competes in local and national competitions. When asked what she thought of her WCCA career and upcoming retirement, Fortune said, “It’s satisfying to know that I’ve helped so many people live in housing. decent and affordable. My success is a direct result of the great teammates I have had over all these years. I will miss working with all of them and the many tenants and landlords we serve.
Western Carolina Community Action is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit based in Hendersonville, NC that helps low-income and underserved people in western North Carolina. By working with our communities and partners, WCCA improves people’s lives by creating pathways to empowerment and healthier lifestyles. Our programs include early childhood education, housing assistance, Apple Country transportation, and senior services. For more information, please contact: Terri Bowman, [email protected] or call (828) 231-9549.