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RHA’s Human Services Director, Odessa Walker, attended her graduation ceremony for completing the Executive Leadership Program. This program represents a major professional development opportunity for housing authority executives throughout the country. It takes a comprehensive look at those critical functions which serve to define the executive’s position and provides a structured environment in which mid-career professionals can hone their management skills and enhance their knowledge. An overview of Executive Housing Management Issues is followed by nine special topic seminars.
“This conference and certificate mean more than just completing a class. The certificate I earned this week is about the future of RHA and our residents, making sure that we have the correct information and best educational resources to better improve the lives of the Rockford Community” said Odessa Walker.
The Association provides its members with important information, professional development, and advocacy to help them administer adequate, safe housing for those in need across America. PHADA also works closely with members of Congress in efforts to develop sensible and effective public housing statutes and obtain adequate funding for low-income housing programs, in addition to advocating before the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on a variety of regulations governing public housing nationwide.
PHADA’s Commissioners’ Conference provides the opportunity for over 600 housing authority executive directors, commissioners and staff to meet face to face with their peers to discuss current critical industry issues. The conference includes three days of engaging education sessions and ample networking opportunities.
For over 40 years, PHADA has been recognized the industry leader for its analysis and its advocacy. We represent our members’ voice, uniquely and forcefully, advocating before Congress and HUD to make significant impacts on both the national and local levels.