Ralph M. Perrey, Executive Director

Ralph Perrey is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. Appointed in November 2012 following nine years’ service on THDA’s Board of Directors, he now the longest serving executive director in the agency’s history.

His tenure as THDA’s Executive Director has seen the agency revamp its mortgage products and down payment assistance program; establish its own loan servicing division; and base THDA staff regionally to better interact with partners across the state.

Perrey serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council of State Housing Agencies and the Board of Governors of the National Housing Conference, the nation’s oldest housing advocacy organization.He is also a member of the Affordable Housing Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.

What We Do:

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) is Tennessee’s housing finance agency, created by the General Assembly in 1973. THDA was created to promote the production of more affordable new housing units for very low, low and moderate income individuals and families in the state, to promote the preservation and rehabilitation of existing housing units for such persons, and to bring greater stability to the residential construction industry and related industries so as to assure a steady flow of production of new housing units.

In addition to serving as the primary administrator for numerous federal and state housing programs, THDA is authorized to issue tax-exempt Mortgage Revenue Bonds to support financing opportunities for first-time homebuyers and veterans. THDA is not a direct lender. THDA purchases qualified home loans originated through its private-sector lending partners. All THDA loans have 30-year, fixed-rate terms and offer a maximum grant of 5% in down-payment assistance. All homebuyers receiving down-payment assistance must complete a homebuyer education course.

Our Oversight:

As an instrumentality of the state, THDA is accountable to both the executive and legislative branches of state government, both of which are represented on its 16-member Board of Directors. The Commissioner of Finance & Administration, State Comptroller, Secretary of State, and the State Treasurer all serve as ex-officio board members. The Governor designates one of his staff members to serve on the board and appoints eight other positions including the Board Chair and a Housing Choice Voucher consumer. The House and Senate Speakers also appoint one member each.

In addition to THDA’s own Internal Audit division, a number of federal agencies, including HUD and the US Treasury, conduct annual evaluations to monitor program compliance. The State Comptroller’s office serves as THDA’s external auditor. THDA is proud to note that the third-party auditors who regularly monitor our finances have found zero potential issues to report with THDA programs or financial statements for more than a decade.


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