Housing & Neighborhood Preservation is comprised of the Director's Office and four divisions that operate and support the department's various programs. Below is a description of each division's functions.
|Director's Office & Strategy, Policy & Resource Development|
Andrew M. Friedman, Director (385-5752)
Mary Michl, Accountant (385-5797)
Mary Thompson, Executive Assistant (385-5894)
The Director's Office ensures the department is continually striving to achieve our mission of expanding housing opportunities and promoting vibrant, well-maintained neighborhoods. Mr. Friedman's responsibilities include ensuring that we obtain and maintain the funds we need to succeed, hiring the people who can do the best job, ensuring that our systems help us to be effective and efficient, and making sure we comply with the requirements expected of us by all of our stakeholders.
Mr. Friedman has been the director of the Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation since July 1993. As the director, he has helped to expand and consolidate code enforcement, housing rehabilitation programs, rental assistance programs, and youth and neighborhood assistance activities.
As manager of the Finance Unit, Mary Michl directs accounting, budgeting and financial reporting functions of the department.
Mary Thompson, Executive Assistant, provides direct assistance to the director, manages payroll/leave functions, and monitors specialty areas in human resources for the department.
Wells Freed, Housing Code Administrator (385-5722)
The Code Enforcement Division enforces the maintenance provisions of the Uniform Statewide Building Code for existing structures and city property maintenance codes. The division's activities include inspections of properties for housing violations, junk, overgrown grass, waste management violations, and inoperable vehicles. The division takes action to eliminate violations, such as graffiti, and also operates the Certificate of Compliance rental inspection program. To report possible code violations or for information about property maintenance codes, please contact Code Enforcement at (757) 385-4421.
Marcus Williamson, Housing Programs Administrator (385-5745)
The Rental Housing Division operates the Housing Choice Voucher Program, provides housing counseling services and coordinates other programs and services through local non-profit community-based organizations that address a variety of housing needs. Contact Rental Housing at (757) 385-5750.
|Housing Development |
Karen Prochilo, Housing Programs Administrator (385-5803)
The Housing Development Division provides assistance through various loan and grant programs for home repairs and improvements. The division also manages the city's Workforce Housing Program. Additionally, Housing Development is responsible for receiving and reviewing requests for the funding or approval of projects to maintain or expand affordable housing opportunities. Contact Housing Development at (757) 385-5750.