LAFAYETTE–HACL Receiver Floyd Duran announced the appointment of Yvonda A. Bean as Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette (HACL) at today’s Board of Commissioners meeting. As ED, she will oversee the administration of all of HACL’s programs and operations. She will assume her new duties on August 1.
Previous to becoming HACL ED, Ms. Bean had more than 15 years of experience in community housing, workforce and economic development and asset and property management. Her immediate past position was as the Executive Director of Preferred Properties in Toledo, Ohio, where she administered HUD low-income elderly and disabled housing programs and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program in Northwest Ohio.
Before that, she was the Director of Administration/Operations for the Housing Authority of the City of Aiken, South Carolina, and previous to that, the Community Development Corporations Initiatives Manager for the South Carolina Dept. of Commerce.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Bean has been instrumental in building and preserving healthy communities, garnering more than $60 million in funding for new construction and rehabilitation of affordable senior, family and homeownership units.
Floyd Duran, HUD Receiver said, “We are delighted that Ms. Bean has accepted the position of HACL ED. She has the knowledge, experience and expertise needed to ensure both a seamless HACL transition back to the city and a bright future for the housing authority and its residents.
Ms. Bean received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia, in 1999, and a Master of Science in Foundations of Education degree from Troy State University, Augusta, in 2002. She has numerous professional certifications, including ones in economic development finance; executive director education; public housing management; asset management; and housing counseling, among others.
Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux said, “I am pleased that [the HUD Receiver] has named a new director of the Lafayette Housing Authority. Ms. Bean is well-qualified for the job and comes to us with a wealth of experience in leading private, non-profit and public organizations. Filling this position puts us one step closer to regaining local oversight of the Housing Authority, which best serves the people of Lafayette.”
Ms. Bean said, “I’m excited to join forces with the Lafayette Housing Authority, the Mayor, city, and HACL residents to increase the pride, dignity and self-esteem of the community through affordable housing. I’ve spent my career laboring for the rights of families to have access to resources and opportunities that will create a better quality of life for all.”