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HUD No. 02-030
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March 19, 2002

HUD Deputy Secretary Recognized for an Era of Leadership

WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Alphonso Jackson today was inducted into the Texas chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Hall of Fame. This honor is extended annually to leaders who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and leadership in promoting affordable housing and community development.

"I am extremely humbled by this honor, but I know there is so much more to do," said Jackson. "President Bush, Secretary Martinez and I are committed to improving housing conditions, increasing homeownership and protecting the vulnerable. The tireless efforts that NAHRO supports are exactly the type of leadership with which I am proud to be associated."

Apolonio Flores, of Flores Residential, L.C. presented the award to Deputy Secretary Jackson. Flores is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Authority of the City of San Antonio, Texas. He is a past national President of NAHRO, and served on its Board of Governors and Steering Committee for 12 years until 1997.

"I have known Deputy Secretary Alphonso Jackson for more than 20 years and I am well aware of his accomplishments as President and CEO of the Dallas Housing Authority and his service as President of the Texas Chapter of NAHRO," explained Flores. "Mr. Jackson brought the Dallas Housing Authority into the 21st Century and has a record of remarkable service in housing and community development. Mr. Jackson also distinguished himself in the private industry as President of AEP-Texas, and has now returned to public service as Deputy Secretary of HUD where he will undoubtedly continue his distinguished public service."

This is the fifth annual induction to the prestigious Texas NAHRO Hall of Fame. Previous winners of the award include:


Apolonio Flores, former President and CEO of the San Antonio Housing Authority


Michael Hanratty, former Executive Director of the Ft. Worth Housing Authority (awarded posthumously)


D. C. Fair, former Executive Director of the Lubbock Housing Authority


Alyce Flanary, former Housing Programs Manager, Central Texas, Council of Governments, Belton

The Texas chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) is an organization comprised of affordable housing and community development professionals whose focus is to enhance affordable housing and community development opportunities in the state of Texas.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing minority homeownership, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic development and community revitalization across the nation. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov.



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