Michelle Williams

Chief Visionary Executive Director for The Fuller Center for Housing of Delaware

About Michelle

Also known as “Dr Tiny,” Michelle Williams is the Chief Visionary of COBA US, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to Connect, Organize, Build and Advance healthy community, small scale development. She is also the Executive Director for The Fuller Center of Housing in Delaware, has a doctorate in public policy, 14 years experience as a real estate investor, and over 30 years of strategic development as an Air Force Medical Officer. Her expertise in research, health, real estate, and strategy supports decision-makers, elected officials, and housing advocates. She helps them implement solutions for people that work and have an income, but are unable to find a place they can afford near where they work, school, and play.

Michelle is on a mission to impact all 3100 counties in the US through legislation and policies and increase housing stock that is affordable by 2031.

Speaking Topics

Your Path To Affordable Housing Solutions

Many Americans live in poverty, amounting to nearly 34 million people or 10.5 percent of the U.S. population. As a result, they struggle to afford necessities such as housing. Over a period lasting more than a decade, the nation has not made any real progress in reducing the number of Americans at risk of homelessness. In 2019, 37.1 million households were “housing cost burdened,” spending 30% or more of their income on housing. This represented 30.2% of all households nationwide. One in 7 households — 17.6 million in total — were “severely cost burdened,” spending half or more of their income on housing. And COVID only made housing insecurity and homelessness worse.
In her talk, Michelle helps audience members understand affordable housing issues, and how it affects economic stability and security. They will learn an overview of housing policy, programs, and institutional arrangements. She will outline the opportunity it provides for one’s business in small-scale development, and why it does good for the community.

Organize, Build, And Sustain Healthy Community Development Through Affordable Housing

This topic is for small business real estate investors (rehabbers, wholesalers) who want to use small-scale development to increase affordable housing as a strategy to increase their profits while helping their community. Investors will be able to identify how they can niche their businesses by thinking differently and holistically about real estate and ROI.
Small Scale Development to Create Large Scale Solutions

Michelle’s mission is to connect, organize, build, and advance collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations. She is on an unrelenting quest to provide adequate and affordable shelter for all working people in need.

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