City of Gastonia Councilman Robert Kellogg has been appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly to the North Carolina Housing Partnership, which establishes policy and allocates funding for the North Carolina Housing Trust Fund. The Housing Trust Fund, appropriated by the General Assembly, is North Carolina’s most flexible housing resource, as well as the largest source of financing for supportive housing and emergency repairs or accessibility modifications.
“I am honored to have been recommended by Sen. Kathy Harrington and to join the members of the Partnership,” said Kellogg. “As an advocate for safe and affordable housing as well as supportive housing, this appointment will give me the opportunity to learn more about these critical areas and work towards creative solutions. This is great news for Gaston County as our unique housing challenges will have a voice at the table where these critical policy issues are being debated and crafted.”
The Partnership consists of 13 members, including the NC Housing Finance Agency Executive Director, the Secretary of the Department of Commerce and the State Treasurer. The General Assembly appoints the other 10 members to represent low-income housing advocates, home builders, the League of Municipalities, nonprofit housing development corporations, residents of low-income housing and the real estate lending industry.
Councilman Kellogg represents Ward 1 on the Gastonia City Council. He is a local business manager and community builder who has called Gastonia home for the past 10 years. He has been a long-standing advocate for the mental health community and understands the finer points of fiscal responsibility and people management. His post- high-school studies include psychology and communications. Councilman Kellogg has been active in many areas of the community, successfully organizing community events and round table discussions related to public education, diversity, and economic development. He has also served on various boards and committees, including: The Gaston County Animal Control Advisory Board, PFLAG Gaston Board of Director, and in advisory capacities for numerous nonprofit organizations and community groups.