Steve Merritt Named NAHRO President

Press Release

For Immediate Release

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Washington, D.C. (October 27, 2015) — Stephen W. Merritt, Executive Director of the Norwood Housing Authority, has been elected president of the nation’s oldest housing and community development association. Merritt was named President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) in Los Angeles, Calif. on October 17, and will serve in that position for the next two years.

“Steve is a dedicated NAHRO member and industry colleague,” said NAHRO CEO Saul Ramirez, Jr. “I’m excited to continue working with him during his presidency.”

Merritt has served as Executive Director of the Norwood Housing Authority for the past 11 years. Prior to that, he was Senior Housing Manager for the Cambridge Housing Authority and a Commissioner of the Needham Housing Authority. He was NAHRO’s Senior Vice President from 2013 to 2015 and is a Past President of the New England Regional Council of NAHRO. Merritt is also active in NAHRO’s Massachusetts Chapter, having served as President of MassNAHRO from 2007 to 2009. He is currently Chairman of the MassNAHRO Workers’ Compensation Insurance Group, Inc., and a member of MassNAHRO’s Housing and Legislative Committees.

“I am honored to be elected to the position of President of NAHRO and look forward to working with my colleagues across the country to advocate for the preservation of the housing programs that help so many seniors, disabled persons, and families of modest means,” said Merritt.  “NAHRO is the leading Association in the country and I hope to do my part to continue its excellent work.”

Merritt said that one of his top priorities will be bringing the concerns and issues of NAHRO’s members and residents to Congress and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


NAHRO, established in 1933, is a membership organization of 20,000 housing and community development agencies and professionals throughout the United States whose mission is to create affordable housing and safe, viable communities that enhance the quality of life for all Americans, especially those of low- and moderate-income. NAHRO's membership administers more than 3 million housing units for 7.6 million people.