Community & Home Improvement team member honored


A 14-year veteran of the Oakland County Community & Home Improvement Division was named “Housing Counselor of the Year” by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Commerce Township resident Lon Shook received the award this week during a luncheon at the Building Michigan Communities Conference in Lansing.

“Lon goes above and beyond to ensure his clients’ needs are addressed in the best possible way,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “I’ve seen the quality of his work first-hand as we helped a 65-year-old disabled veteran and his family. Congratulations to Lon for this recognition and the entire Community & Home Improvement team for the important work it does.”

While honored to receive the recognition, Shook said he gets his greatest satisfaction helping make a difference in the lives of so many people in need.

“I get rewarded every day when I find a way to prevent a desperate family from losing their home when they fall behind in their mortgage payments or don’t know how they can afford to replace a failing septic system,” Shook said.
Shook, 48, has been with the county since 2001.

“Lon is a great housing counselor with a long track record of successfully navigating people through thorny housing issues and improving their lives,” division manager Karry Rieth said. “I am grateful to have him as part of my team.”
Shook is the second to be named “Housing Counselor of the Year.” Supervisor and housing counselor Kathy Williams received the award in 2014.