Housing Authority - 3 Year Term
Five residents: four are elected by the Town and one is appointed by the Mass Department of Community Affairs. The Authority is charged with planning, constructing, operating and maintaining public housing for families, veterans and elderly of low income. The Authority hires an executive director who manages the day-day operations of the properties (Barton Road, Waldo Court, River Street, Weston Road and Morton Circle). The budget for the Housing Authority is appropriated by the State. The Board meets monthly and at other times as required.
Why are you running for this office? What are your top priorities?
Candidate for Re-Election
Wellesley Housing Authority 2020
Wellesley Free Library Director 1995 -2013
Town resident since 1977
WHA is undergoing a period of transition, as it moves to an independent agency no longer the auspices of Needham.
I was appointed to the Wellesley Housing Authority in June 2020 to fill a Board vacancy. I have strong management and financial skills from my years as the Wellesley Free Library Director. I understand how local and state government works and the role of a Board member.
I have enjoyed the months served on the WHA as an appointee and would like to continue to serve as an elected official. My goal is to help the WHA become a model agency in Massachusetts.
BS Architecture & MBA Northeastern
30 Years Public/Private Construction
20 Year Wellesley Resident
I believe my 20 years living in Wellesley, my education and 30 years of professional commercial construction experience; if brought to the service of the Town of Wellesley and the Wellesley Housing Authority will add experience that directly relates to the mission of the Town of Wellesley and the Wellesley Housing Authority.
I believe strongly in helping people in need and support 2018 Wellesley Housing Production Plan.
1) Protect the single-family neighborhoods, while strategically locating higher density public housing and introducing modestly scalable affordable units.
2) Improve the environmental sustainability of existing and new WHA units.
3) Develop a Town of Wellesley Community Land Trust Strategy
12 year Community Activist, Tenant Org VP, WHA Re- Development Committee, Wellesley Int.Wom.Day Cmm
I am a wife and hard-working mother of a blended African American/Puerto-Rican family of 7 children. A 12-year resident of WHA, I am running for WHA Board commisioner because service & community advocacy are my passion.
I have experience working with both residents, management, and maintenance, attending board meetings, building relationships, and presenting my ideas and suggestions to improve residential life, while upholding State guidelines.
Highlights of my experience:
2016- Elected VP of Barton Tenant Association,2018-Appointed by WHA exec. dir. to Barton re-development committee,2020- Distr. of food donations and starting a Community Fridge Proposal.
I want to rebuild the trust and relationships of households under WHA.
I'm well suited for this position. Vote for Odessa Sanchez .
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