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  • Lightfoot names her pick to head Chicago Housing Authority

    Tracey Scott has headed Minneapolis' housing agency on an interim basis since last year.

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    Mayor Lori Lightfoot today announced her pick for the new head of the Chicago Housing Authority, the second-largest public housing authority in the country.

    The mayor has tapped Tracey Scott  as CEO of the agency, which serves a 63,000-strong client list of families, 47,000 of which are voucher holders. Lightfoot's announcement comes as she attempts to erase poverty in Chicago within a generation and her staff considers a rewrite of the city’s affordable housing rules.

    Scott has been serving as the interim executive director and CEO for the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority since August 2019. Before moving to Minneapolis in 2017, she was vice president of innovation and policy for the Atlanta Housing Authority. She's an Emory Business School and Wharton School graduate, according to her LinkedIn.

    “Tracey’s breadth of experience and dedication for improving public housing make her a perfect fit to lead the Chicago Housing Authority as we embark on our ambitious agenda to transform our city’s economic landscape,” Mayor Lightfoot said in a press release. “Stable housing is a first step toward creating opportunity and building a future for Chicago’s communities, and I look forward to working closely with Tracey and the team at CHA to provide access to safe, affordable housing for all our residents.”

    Scott’s appointment is subject to approval by the CHA’s board, which meets on March 17. 

    79彩票注册网址 According to the , Scott “helped launch efforts to win additional federal funding to preserve the city’s public housing high-rises and family homes, as well as build new public housing for homeless families and launch the Stable Homes Stable Schools rental subsidy partnership with the city and public schools. Scott was also leading the agency when the became tragically apparent.”

    Scott would inherit a housing authority that's currently under pressure from housing activists and some aldermen to boost transparency measures and pass the so-called "Homes for All ordinance." The measure would compel the agency to City Council on its available resources, vacant and offline housing ward-by-ward, voucher utilization rate, and progress on building public housing to replace demolished buildings.

    79彩票注册网址 Acting CEO James Bebley will stay on as chief operating officer, according to the announcement from the mayor's office. Bebley took over as CEO when Emanuel's pick, Eugene Jones, stepped down last August.

    Scott’s appointment also follows Lightfoot’s pick of architect Angela Hurlock as chair of the CHA board.

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