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Larry Williams to be CEO of Rockford Housing Authority

ROCKFORD — A man who lived in public housing with his mother as a teenager — and later climbed the ranks to the Freeport housing authority’s top job — will be the next CEO of the Rockford Housing Authority.

Larry Williams, 39, former CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Freeport, is set to take the reins of the RHA. Williams comes to the job with a track record of establishing programs that set high expectations for public housing residents meant to teach self-sufficiency.

For Williams, helping people escape poverty is a passion fueled by memories from 1996 of living in Apt. 118 at Parkside Homes, a public housing complex in Freeport.

“It was a depressing place to me,” Williams said. “I would notice people sitting around on door steps, and I don’t know, it didn’t seem like that was supposed to be home for me.”

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