The Housing Industry is a remarkable key player making a difference in the life of the underserved population. That statement is an irrefutable fact, but even more so in times of crisis when the role of the Housing Industry is especially critical. Recently, our beloved island, which is also a territory of the United States… Read More Public Housing in the Face of a Catastrophic Hurricane: Puerto Rico is Preparing
Yes- this is absolute click bate. The reason for writing this blog is less about how to compare your housing authority to others but more about a trend I have noticed developing in the sector. Bench marking is completely normal and healthy because it allows housing authorities and associations to know if they are meeting… Read More Is Your Housing Authority Better Than Others?
Leading a large housing authority is no simple job. There are often thousands of employees and major issues to deal with. Outside of being the CEO of the largest property management firm in the city, an Executive Director must also handle redevelopments, new developments, tenant issues, union issues, crime and violence and employee moral. For… Read More 5 Executive Directors of Large Public Housing Authorities: Backgrounds and Education
Are there too many PHAs? I am not postulating but simply asking a question. There are around 3500 public housing authorities throughout the United States administering around 3.2 million affordable housing units mainly through public housing and housing choice voucher programs. The majority of these housing authorities are extremely small. In some states there… Read More Arguments Why Public Housing Authorities Should Merge?
Private contractors are becoming a reality in the world of public housing. Growing costs, increased complexities and the training of staff has made managing voucher programs extremely difficult. Enter the contractor. I am making zero recommendations here but just giving an overview of some of the major players in the game. I have friends who… Read More 3 Large Public Housing Consultant Companies Managing Voucher Programs
Dr. Carson’s appointment to be the leader of HUD was universally derided by many within the public housing sector. His lack of experience in the housing sector was often cited as the reason. While Dr. Carson might not have experience in the housing arena, he has the opportunity to make a major mark on… Read More 6 Bold Ways Dr. Ben Carson Can Make His Mark On Public Housing
I must give credit for this article to Yi-Ling Chen who is an associate professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Wyoming. I met her at the International Social Housing Conference where she gave a nice presentation. I am going quickly give an overview. In 2015, social or affordable housing only made up less… Read More Social Housing in Taiwan: A Quick Synopsis