January 25, 2005
HUD NAMES NEW RECEIVER AT VIRGIN ISLANDS HOUSING AUTHORITY
Outgoing receiver lauded for accomplishments
WASHINGTON - The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the appointment of Jose A. Bosque, a HUD public housing specialist, as the new receiver of the Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA). Bosque replaces Donna Ayala, who led the VIHA receivership team since HUD took over the troubled agency August 2003.
"Mr. Bosque is no stranger to VIHA," said HUD Assistant Secretary Michael Liu, who made the announcement today at VIHA's offices on St. Thomas. "He helped get the housing authority back on track when it had problems in the early 1990s and he has been instrumental in HUD's current efforts to improve VIHA management, operations and overall housing conditions for the residents."
Bosque, who will be based on St. Thomas, has a solid grasp of the challenges facing VIHA. He worked closely with the outgoing receiver developing policies and practices to establish accountability and efficiency within the agency. In addition to serving as receiver, Bosque will serve as the board of directors for the housing authority. As receiver, he will manage the day-to-day operations and as the board he will assess further management needs of VIHA.
Bosque, a HUD employee for 16 years, has held numerous management positions within the agency, including acting deputy director and regional coordinator for troubled public housing authorities. In this capacity he oversaw the successful recovery of numerous large troubled housing authorities, including the Puerto Rico Public Housing Administration. Most recently Bosque served as special assistant in HUD's Office of Field Operations.
Bosque is a native of Puerto Rico and has a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and a master's degree in Planning from the University of Puerto Rico.
Ayala, who will return to her management duties in HUD's Boston office, led the VIHA receivership team for 17 months. During that time overall accountability and management has improved at the housing authority. Ayala and her team have rehabilitated 422 public housing units on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
When HUD took over there were more than 800 vacant units with many needed extensive repair. The team secured $1.7 million in HUD HOPE VI Demolition funding to demolish aged units at the Louis E. Brown Villas. In addition, the team negotiated a repayment agreement with Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority that satisfied a $4.16 million VIHA debt to the utility company.
"We appreciate Ms. Ayala's commitment and leadership at VIHA," said Liu. "She addressed certain financial problems that needed immediate action and we are confident Mr. Bosque will continue where she leaves off."
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.