BEST PRACTICE AWARD FOR THE TURNAROUND OF THE COCOA HOUSING AUTHORITY
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, December 18, 2015
Herb Hernandez, Executive Director
Cocoa Housing Authority Receives
“BEST PRACTICE AWARD FOR THE TURNAROUND OF THE COCOA HOUSING AUTHORITY.”
COCOA, FLORIDA: The Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO) announced at its annual meeting in Orlando that the Cocoa Housing Authority (CHA) won a “Best Practice Award” for its “Turnaround.” The membership of FAHRO is primarily public housing authority commissioners and staff.
The award culminates several years of hard work by CHA Board of Commissioners, the Miami Office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of Cocoa, the CHA Resident Advisory Board, CHA public housing residents, and the entire 20 person staff of CHA.
CHA was put into HUD receivership in April of 2013 after several years of problems. Receiver Karen Jackson Simms of the Atlanta Regional HUD office initiated the Turnaround with the able assistance of Sonia Colon of the Miami HUD Office and Bob Lambert of the Titusville Housing Authority. An entirely new Board of Commissioners, including Chairman Joe C. Robinson, was appointed with the advice and assistance of the City of Cocoa City Manager’s Office. Before leaving in December, 2013, the Receiver also hired Herb Hernandez as the new Executive Director.
CHA was recently awarded a $250,000 HUD Safety and Security grant and intends to install a state of the art security camera system in the coming months.
About CHA: Cocoa Housing Authority manages 327 rental apartments which serve residents with incomes under 80% of the average income in Brevard County. CHA also administers the housing choice voucher program which assists almost 130 families with
rental assistance payments allowing them to live in private sector housing. Both the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs were designated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as “High Performers” in 2014.