HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD R3 No. 17-01
Nika Edwards
(215) 430-6622
For Release
June 2, 2017

Former Philadelphia community leader to oversee Mid-Atlantic region

PHILADELPHIA - Today, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials announced President Donald J. Trump's appointment of Joseph J. DeFelice as the Regional Administrator of HUD's Mid-Atlantic region.

DeFelice will be responsible for the oversight and delivery of HUD programs and services throughout Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. He will serve as HUD's liaison to elected officials, congressional delegations, city managers, stakeholders and customers.

Prior to joining HUD, he worked as an attorney in Philadelphia--often serving as legal counsel for civic and political organizations in his spare time. He is the former chairman of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee. A Philadelphia native with deep roots in community development, DeFelice has strong ties to neighborhood revitalization in Northeast Philadelphia, where he was born and raised.

"My passion for community development started in my own neighborhood, working alongside developers, local leaders and nonprofits to bring about positive change," said DeFelice. "Having worked as a community leader, I certainly have an appreciation for the tough challenges facing communities across the region."

From his days as a legislative aide in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to his longtime support of neighborhood associations, DeFelice has focused his work on uplifting and strengthening communities. He has held many service roles in Philadelphia to enhance the quality of life of others, ranging from chairman of the Mayfair Community Development Corporation and president of the Mayfair Civic Association to board member of the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

"I look forward to advancing HUD's mission across the Mid-Atlantic region by helping underserved neighborhoods become thriving communities, expanding homeownership opportunities for credit-worthy citizens, and helping eradicate homelessness--especially for our veterans," said DeFelice.

Well-known throughout Philadelphia for his community service, DeFelice has received special recognition over the years for his efforts, being honored and profiled in several publications: Billy Penn's Who's Next Community Leaders, Super Lawyers Magazine's Rising Stars and City & State PA Magazine's 40 under 40 Rising Stars.

DeFelice serves as an adjunct professor of American Government at both LaSalle and Widener Universities. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from LaSalle University and earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law.


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