Ruth A. Moller|The Miller Press
Lichty new Miller Housing director
Kristi Lichty is the new executive director of the Miller Housing Commission. Long-time director Dick Palmer has retired, and his final day was September 30.
Lichty says that while October 1 was officially her first day as director, she had been training with Palmer since mid-August.
In her new position, Lichty is director of the Miller Manor, which is part of Miller Housing, and her office is located at the Manor. She also oversees the Wheels and Meals program, which includes the senior transportation (bus) and the nutrition program, which is contracted through the hospital. Noon meals are available at both the Miller Manor and Miller Plaza. The home delivered meals are coordinated by the hospital.
Her work experience includes being a social worker for Good Samaritan Society, Sioux Falls. She then worked as a systems analyst for Wells Fargo Financial, before joining the Center for Independence in Huron as coordinator of consumer services.
Originally from Sioux Falls, Lichty is married to Nathan Lichty of Wessington, and they have a daughter, Kate, who is a kindergartner at Miller Elementary School.
Of her new position, Lichty says she was ready for a change, and the drive from her rural Wessington home to Miller is much shorter than the drive to Huron.
“We knew we were enrolling Kate at the Miller school,” Lichty explained. “I wanted to get involved in the Miller community.”
She also enjoys working with the population at the Miller Manor.
There are 38 apartment units at the Manor, two for double occupancy, and the rest for single. Dave Blachford manages the Miller Plaza.
Lichty acknowledges that aspects of the job are “challenging,” most of which deal with funding. “There have been significant cuts over the last few years,” she says.
Anything dealing with HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), affordable housing and matching funds, etc., is time-consuming, says Lichty.
“The Miller community is fortunate to have the bus, as well as the nutrition program, and community support is necessary to have those services.” Lichty says.
She’s looking forward to getting acquainted with Miller area residents, and also to being involved with her daughter’s school experiences.
As for Miller Housing services, her door is open. “If anyone needs assistance, I’m certainly willing to visit, and see if there’s a way we can help.”