Margaret Van Vliet is stepping down as director of Oregon Housing and Community Services at the end of the month. She leaves after five years in the top post.

Claire Seguin has been appointed interim director by Gov. Kate Brown.

Margaret Van Vliet, director, Oregon Housing and Community Services
Margaret Van Vliet, director, Oregon Housing and Community Services

When Van Vliet joined OHCS in 2011 she was charged with improving performance and the credibility of the agency.

“Every program we run is delivering stronger results and helping more Oregonians than just a few years ago,” she said in a written announcement. “From programs that assist those experiencing homelessness or housing instability, to delivering affordable rental housing, to helping families access and retain homeownership, we have strengthened outcomes as well as transparency, accountability, and community partnerships.”

Van Vliet said the decision to resign was difficult. “I've loved being part of OHCS and have very much appreciated working with the many community partners who share our passion for creating housing opportunity for those in need,” she said. “But I also know that one responsibility leaders carry is recognizing when it's time to pass the torch. For me it's time because I did what I set out to do almost five years ago.”

Seguin joined OHCS in January 2015 as the assistant drector for housing stabilization. Prior to that, Seguin had been executive director of the Eugene-based Neighborhood Economic Development Corp.