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HUD No. 22-0120
HUD Public Affairs
(305) 520-5030
For Release
January 21, 2022

Biden Administration Names José Alvarez as HUD's Southeast Regional Administrator

ATLANTA - President Biden announced the appointment of José Alvarez to serve as U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator for the Southeast serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As Regional Administrator, Alvarez will serve as HUD's liaison to mayors, city managers, elected representatives, state and local officials, congressional delegations, stakeholders, and customers. He will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of HUD programs and services to communities and evaluate their efficiency and effectiveness.

"José knows the Southeast region and its economic and affordable housing challenges. His day-to-day experience at the community level will be pivotal to align HUD programs to serve the American people," said HUD Office of Field Policy and Management Assistant Deputy Secretary Michele Perez.

"I am honored to join HUD at a moment of an urgent need to work in a collaborative process to improve the infrastructure of our communities and build strong, sustainable neighborhoods," added Alvarez. "I look forward to working with the team at HUD and with our congressional partners, city and county leaders, and the private sector."

José Alvarez was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the United States as a child. Alvarez is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and a small business owner who has had the privilege of serving his industry and community by taking part in numerous home ownership and business growth initiatives. Among numerous appointments to industry committees and boards, he's served on the Florida Association of Realtors® Board of Directors, the Osceola County Association of Realtors Board of Directors, and in 2009 he was elected to serve as President of the Osceola County Association of Realtors®. Throughout Alvarez' 20+ years as a Realtor®, he has participated in numerous homeownership initiatives.

In 2012, Alvarez was elected to the Kissimmee City Commission where he championed diversified economic growth, affordable housing and homelessness initiatives, sustainable environmental policies, and fair labor practices. In 2016, he was elected to serve as City of Kissimmee Mayor, becoming the city's first Hispanic Mayor. Over the years, Alvarez has served numerous causes, boards, and committees throughout Osceola County. From multi-million-dollar endeavors to life-changing initiatives, through his various board memberships and affiliations, Alvarez has been responsible for advising CEOs and lawmakers, contributing to strategic plans, approving budgets and business decisions, evaluating management, and representing his charge to stakeholders. Alvarez' true passion is the people he represents.

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