June 9, 2005
HUD SELECTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR SANFORD HOUSING AUTHORITY
Initial discussions with city to return transformed PHA to city
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has selected a housing management professional to run the Sanford Housing Authority (SHA). [Mr.] Angel Tua has more than 20 years experience managing local housing authority Section 8 and public housing programs in Florida, Illinois and Indiana. Tua's appointment confirms HUD's preliminary discussions with the city to return the transformed housing authority to local control.
"Tua comes to Sanford possessing extensive knowledge of HUD programs - especially the Housing Choice Vouchers program," said HUD-appointed board chairman Carmen Valenti, who announced Tua's appointment at a housing authority board meeting last night. "The residents of this city deserve a leader with the experience and vision to move the agency forward. We have found both in Tua."
Valenti, HUD receiver James Abernathy and HUD/Jacksonville Public Housing Director John Niesz also met with Mayor Linda Kuhn and Vice Mayor/SHA City Liaison Velma Williams yesterday to discuss returning SHA to local control after nearly two years under federal receivership. In July 2003, HUD cited massive management and financial deficiencies at the agency and assumed control August 2003.
Tua, who will begin his official duties on June 26, comes from M.D. Strum Housing Services, a housing management consultant firm based in Indianapolis, Ind., where he was a management analyst responsible for administrative and managerial reviews and analysis of HUD-funded programs. Prior to this assignment, Tua was deputy executive director for three years at the Pinellas County Housing Authority. He was director of operations at the St. Petersburg Housing Authority, managing the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, formerly Section 8. He had similar responsibilities at the Muncie (Ind.) Housing Authority and the Indianapolis Public Housing Division. At the Chicago Housing Authority, he oversaw admissions and occupancy of housing programs. In all of his assignments Tua streamlined and enhanced operations of the agency's HCV and public housing programs. Tua is a native of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and graduate of Bayamon (P.R.) Central University.
Tua's hiring comes two years after HUD receivership teams took control of the agency. Since the takeover, six public housing sites - Castle Brewer Court, William Clark Court, Cowan Moughton Terrace, Edward Higgins Terrace, Redding Gardens and Lake Monroe Terrace - have received continued modernization, which include replacing old, worn roofs with new roofs, installing new windows, and painting building exteriors.
Many of the major repairs were funded through a $4 million loan from Wachovia Bank last year. HUD approved the loan that addressed make major capital improvements to SHA's 480 apartments. In addition to roof replacement, electrical and plumbing systems were upgraded, kitchens and bathrooms were renovated and units were fitted with new security screen doors, shutters, and window security screens.
HUD receivership teams also instituted financial and management policies to ensure efficient operations. The agency restored trust among residents by making necessary repairs in a timely manner. Residents at each community also have representation at board meetings with the establishment of resident councils for each development.
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.