Issue #102, November/December 1998

Industry News


Sheila Crowley is the new president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Crowley currently works with the Richmond Better Housing Coalition, and has recently completed a Ph.D in social work and social policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has 25 years of leadership experience in nonprofits, and in 1996-97 she worked on the Democratic staff of the Senate Housing Subcommittee as a social work congressional fellow.

Nicolas Retsinas, the former federal housing commissioner and assistant secretary for housing of HUD and current director of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, has joined the National Community Capital Association board of directors.

President Clinton has appointed Eli Segal and Jose Villarreal as members of the Fannie Mae board of directors. Segal, of Washington, D.C, currently serves as the president and CEO of The Welfare to Work Partnership. Villarreal, of San Antonio, Texas, is a partner with the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

The Madison, WI, Area Community Development Loan Fund (MACDLF) has hired Larry J. Martin as its first executive director. Martin, former executive director of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and previously executive director of the Wisconsin Library Association, assumed the position in September.

Kerwin Tesdell was named president of Community Development Venture Capital Alliance. Mr. Tesdell formerly served as a program officer for the Ford Foundation's Economic Development unit.

Ozie B. Gonzaque received the Elizabeth B. Wells Commissioner of the Year Award from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. Ms. Gonzaque, chair of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles board of commissioners, was chosen from 3,400 housing authority members nationwide.

Organizations & Initiatives Vice President Gore announced in November $213 million in federal funds to help 23 cities spur economic development, create and preserve 16,000 permanent jobs, and stimulate $2.3 billion in business investment. The funds include $183.5 million under the Section 108 Program for communities to fund job creation, housing rehabilitation, and the construction of public facilities and large-scale development projects; and $29.5 million under the Economic Development Initiative for localities to fund economic development activities primarily for low- and moderate-income people.

HUD recently awarded $82.4 million to 88 organizations to provide training and advice to help local nonprofits, local and state governments, and other groups that receive or are seeking HUD funds more effectively use HUD assistance for housing and community development. The technical assistance aims to improve local performance of four HUD programs: CDBG, HOME, Supportive Housing, and CHDOs.

HUD awarded six nonprofit organizations in Long Island and Queens, New York, more than $18 million as part of a $696-million housing package – up from $595 million last year – to build rent-subsidized homes for low-income elderly and disabled residents. The six local agencies receiving funds are: Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre; The Progress of Peoples Development Corp.; The Way Back, Inc.; Professional Service Centers for the Handicapped, Inc.; Options for Community Living, Inc.; and The Nassau County chapter of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children.

BankAmerica Mortgage, in partnership with Fannie Mae and the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP), has entered the residential mortgage rehab market. The initiative seeks to enhance homeownership possibilities for lower-income residents in the region's vital and older neighborhoods. MBHP will work with BankAmerica Mortgage providing the initial evaluation of the condition of the property, the cost estimate of necessary repairs, and a list of qualified contractors. The program will be marketed to real estate professionals and community-based nonprofit organizations that provide comprehensive homebuyer education. Information: Connie St. John, Bank of America, 415-622-3800.

Kansas City will be the site for a new Housing Assistance Council (HAC) regional office, expected to open in spring 1999. Information: HAC, 202-842-8600.

National Housing Institute Board Member and former East Orange, New Jersey, Mayor Cardell Cooper has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary for community planning and development of HUD. Cooper will oversee major neighborhood revitalization, economic development, housing and homelessness programs. Serving as acting assistant secretary since last July, he will be responsible for programs such as the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships, Housing for People with AIDS, and various other programs that provide funding for shelters, housing, and support services to homeless people.

Also named to top posts with HUD were: Saul Ramirez, Jr., of Laredo, TX, as deputy secretary; William C. Apgar of Newton, MA, as assistant secretary for housing and federal housing commissioner; Harold Lucas of Newark, NJ, as assistant secretary for public and Indian housing; and Ira G. Peppercorn of Indianapolis as director of the Office of Multifamily Housing Assistance Restructuring.

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