District of Columbia Housing Authority Executive Director Tyrone Garrett was appointed to a two-year term as secretary of the board of trustees for the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) today at the annual convention and exhibition.
“This appointment by my peers recognizes not only my acumen within the industry, but also my unwavering and ethical commitment to the residents we serve in the District of Columbia,” Garrett said.
DCHA has been a leader among public housing authorities in developing and administering workforce and self-sufficiency programs while also providing essential services to its customers, even during the public health emergency. In addition to leveraging technology to keep everyday business going, such as meetings with representatives and online inspections, the agency also held virtual job fairs, workforce training, and Family Self-Sufficiency courses. As one of nearly 140 Moving to Work authorities, DCHA has implemented several programs, such as biennial inspections and homeownership options for public housing customers, which other agencies across the country have emulated.
PHADA’s 1,900 member housing agencies represent over 1.9 million low-income housing units throughout the United States. Its members manage small, medium, large, rural, and urban housing authorities that run programs including public housing, housing choice vouchers, Rental Assistance Demonstration, and a variety of other innovative public-private partnerships.
The association provides its members with important information, professional development, and advocacy to help them administer adequate, safe housing for those in need across America. PHADA also works closely with members of Congress in efforts to develop sensible and effective public housing statutes and obtain adequate funding for low-income housing programs, in addition to advocating before the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on a variety of regulations governing public housing nationwide.