Victor Smeltz is the Executive Director of Renaissance Neighborhood Development Corporation. Beginning in September 2006, he has focused on formulating and implementing the development strategy for RNDC, a unique partnership between Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana and Volunteers of America National Services, to initially create at least 1000 new units of mixed-income family housing.Prior to joining Volunteers of America, he served for over five years as Development Director for the Housing Authority of Portland in Portland, Oregon.
Leading a four person development team, Mr. Smeltz was responsible for the development and acquisition of more than 750 mixed-income rental units financed by low-income housing tax credits, tax-exempt bonds, local tax-increment financing and other state and federal sources, with a focus on the development of mixed-use urban neighborhood mixed-income housing.
Previously, Mr. Smeltz served as Manager of Housing Finance for the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department, during which time he established the FHA Risk Sharing Program in Oregon and financed over 625 mixed-income units with a total loan volume of more than $28 million. He managed the underwriting team responsible for the origination and closing of all other multi-family project loans made by the agency, with an annual volume between $20 and $30 million.
Prior to becoming involved in affordable housing, Mr. Smeltz worked in the design and construction of a number of commercial real estate projects in Oregon and California, including offices, medical facilities and market-rate housing.Mr. Smeltz is an honor graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture. He has completed extensive coursework as a Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM) Candidate, and is a registered architect in the state of Oregon, as well as with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).Mr. Smeltz serves on the boards of the Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers (LAAHP) and the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA).
In October, 2014, Victor Smeltz was featured on the MyNewOrleans.com podcast, New Orleans' Voices. Click here to access Mr. Smeltz's podcast.