HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 16-071
Rhonda Siciliano
(617) 994-8355
For Release
May 16, 2016

Rhode Island public housing chief to manage HUD's operations in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut & Rhode Island

BOSTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today named Jim Reed to serve as HUD's New England Regional Administrator. As the former Executive Director for the Housing Authority of the City of Newport, Rhode Island, Reed will manage HUD's operations for a six-state region that includes Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

"Jim brings a vast knowledge and understanding about how our programs work at the community level," said Secretary Castro. "I'm absolutely thrilled someone of his caliber is joining our senior management team. His deep New England roots and housing experience will be a tremendous asset to the people and places we serve."

In his new position, Reed will be HUD's chief liaison to state and local elected officials, congressional delegations, and other stakeholders throughout New England. He will work closely with senior officials of other federal agencies to effectively leverage resources and implement Administration-wide initiatives. He will also coordinate the delivery of HUD programmatic and financial support in housing, community and economic development to 265 housing authorities, 10 Federally recognized tribes, 84 state, county and local governments and more than 600 projects serving the homeless in the region.

"I am so pleased to welcome Jim to his new role as Regional Administrator," said Mary McBride, HUD's Assistant Deputy Secretary of Field Policy and Management. "Jim's a proven leader, a problem solver and an experienced hand in running large-scale housing programs and we're happy to be able call him one of our own."

Reed added, "I'm looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with HUD's team of dedicated and devoted professionals serving local communities throughout New England. Secretary Castro wants us to finish this year strong and I'm confident that together we'll meet the challenge."

For more than a decade, Reed served as Executive Director of The Housing Authority of Newport, Rhode Island where he managed the federally funded transformation of nearly 500 severely distressed public housing units and substantially reduced the housing authority's persistently high vacancy rate. In addition, Reed's management of the city's public housing developments led to a dramatic drop in crime, earning the housing authority HUD's designation as a ‘high performer.'

Reed also served as a senior administrator at the Boston Housing Authority where he managed 2,579 public housing units in nine developments, two elderly housing developments and 141 scattered site properties.


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