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The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to announce the hiring of Donald Paredez as the new Community Services Administrator. Paredez brings over 20 years of experience in public housing management.
“I am very pleased to have Donald on the housing team. He has shown experience and leadership in transforming struggling housing authorities into high performing agencies,” said HCD Director Liz Morales. “We’ve made some good changes over the past three years, but with Donald on board, I’m confident we’ll become even more efficient and responsive to our community.”
In his most recent position, Paredez served as Housing Administrator for the City of Glendale. In this capacity, he led the day-to-day operations of that city’s Housing Authority, coordinated with affordable housing developers to add 1,200 new units to the city, worked with community development staff to develop new programs and sought new funding to support low-income residents of Glendale.
“I like the feeling that I’ve helped people with their basic needs,” he said. “It brings me joy to help people.”
He previously worked in seven states, including North Carolina and Florida, in various public and private housing-related positions.
As Community Services Administrator, Paredez will develop and coordinate supported housing, social services, and community development programs for low- and middle-income people.
HCD has 1,505 social housing units, 400 affordable housing units and approximately 5,400 Housing Choice vouchers (Section 8).
He said his goals include continuing the strong work of Tucson’s public housing staff and programs, providing excellent service to the public and city staff, achieving more efficient operations, and collaborating in construction of more affordable housing.
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