Cynthia Curry Leading Revamp Of Countys Troubled Housing Agency
Faced with the urgent challenge of lack of places where lower-income people could afford to live and then the discovery of far-reaching breakdowns in the Miami-Dade Housing Agency, County Manager George Burgess this year called on former assistant county manager Cynthia Curry to return to public service and head a team to investigate what had gone wrong, begin fixing it and recommend more remedial action to the county commission. This would include improving safety in and around public housing, expediting rehabilitation of units and providing financial aid in a local voucher program for low-income families, all to be paid for in a proposed $15 million new funding.
A major outcome of the panel’s work is a 160-page report produced last week showing the extent of the problems, what is being done and what remains to be done to streamline the Housing Agency’s operations, get affordable housing built and to comply with the agency’s mission.
Ms. Curry outlined what is involved in the process and her vision for the future in an interview Friday with Miami Today international editor Michael Hayes.
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