June 8, 2019

The Lee’s Summit Housing Authority (LSHA), administrator of public housing for the City of Lee’s Summit, announces Erik Berg as its new executive director. Berg brings a wide range of experience in public and affordable housing, urban planning and real estate development into his new role with LSHA, which began officially on May 20.

“We are thrilled to welcome Erik to lead the housing authority,” said Emmet Pierson, LSHA chairman of the board of commissioners. “Given the projected population growth and increasing need for affordable housing in Lee’s Summit, his experience will enable LSHA to best serve the needs of the community now and into the future.”

Berg most recently served as an underwriter for the Multifamily Rental Production Department at Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC), gaining invaluable experience in evaluating and overseeing projects funded with Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and other federal and state affordable housing programs. Prior to working at MHDC, Berg was urban planner and assistant project manager for the Builders Development Corporation (BDC), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community development corporation serving the Kansas City metropolitan area.

“I am excited to lead Lee’s Summit Housing Authority in ensuring the housing needs of our most vulnerable residents are met,” Berg said. “I believe my education and career experience to date have led me to this role, and I couldn’t be happier to serve the Lee’s Summit community.”

Berg serves in the community by fostering children and volunteer teaching at a children’s ministry.

Lee’s Summit Housing Authority is a political subdivision of the State of Missouri as defined under Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 99 Municipal Housing and funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the administration of affordable housing programs in Lee’s Summit and Jackson County Missouri. The agency’s mission is to advocate for affordable housing and respond to unmet housing needs through new construction, restoration of existing assets, and the pursuit of new development opportunities and partnerships.

Established in 1967, the agency administers HUD public housing and the Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 Program to assist very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford safe and sanitary housing in the private market. The agency began with 50 units of low-income public housing and has grown to 116 units currently. The voucher program today administers 649 vouchers with 450 partners, providing approximately $5 million annually in rental assistance.