The Haldimand Norfolk Housing Corp. has appointed a new CEO.Matthew Bowen will start his new job July 1.“I am enthusiastic about the opportunities at this time in the affordable housing sector,” said Bowen, who for the past six years was manager of tenant engagement and support services for the City of Hamilton.“I look forward to serving the communities while working closely with the board, staff and all stakeholders so collectively we can leverage opportunities to realize HNHC’s full potential.”The HNHC is the largest housing provider in Haldimand and Norfolk counties and is one of 10 independent local housing corporations in Ontario.HNHC has been serving the area for 44 years, when it was originally formed by provincial government as the Haldimand Norfolk Housing Authority. After provincial downloading in 2001, the housing corporation formed as a municipally share-owned, arm’s length corporation of Haldimand and Norfolk counties.“We are pleased that Matt will be joining our team,” said Jeff Miller, president of the HNHC board. “With our goal to build new affordable housing, we see Matt’s broad experience in the housing sector and his leadership skills as key assets to help us make this happen.”The recruitment for a CEO began in mid-March following the retirement announcement of current CEO Deborah Filice, who joined HNHC in September 2016. She is retiring from a 33-year career, working and volunteering in social housing.“Mr. Bowen’s expansive property management knowledge, leadership style and ability to build strategic partnerships and meaningful relationships will surely benefit the residents we serve,” said Filice.