MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Kelly A. Stephens has been named executive director of the Morris County Housing Authority, which creates and maintaines affordable living environments as well as other assistance for residents of Morris County, announced county officials.
The Housing Authority was created by the Morris County Board of Freeholders in 1972 to develop and manage housing for low- and moderate-income residents of the county.
Its current mission is to “enhance the lives of the citizens of the county by creating and sustaining decent, safe and affordable living environments that foster stability and self-sufficiency for seniors, families and people with disabilities with low to moderate incomes.”
Stephens succeeds Roberta Strater, who retired in December as executive director after 42 years of service with the Housing Authority.
"I am honored to follow in the footsteps of a highly respected director, Roberta Strater,’’ said Stephens. “Throughout the years, working with Roberta, I have been fortunate to
affect the lives of many of our residents as well as the community. Our staff at the Housing Authority works collaboratively as a team to provide safe, decent, affordable housing to low income senior citizens, families and people with disabilities in Morris County. We intend to continue with that important mission.’’
Stephens, of Stanhope, is a 23-year veteran of the Morris County Housing Authority, beginning with the agency in 1996. While at the agency, she has held positions as a social services coordinator, an administrator, director of operations and deputy director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitative services, a certificate in gerontology and is a certified public housing manager.
The Housing Authority is overseen by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It utilizes its 10 million dollar annual budget to provide safe and
decent housing and other assistance for approximately 1,050 county residents. The Housing Authority owns and manages seven housing complexes, including 423 units of public housing and Section 8/515 housing and congregate housing. It also manages the Housing Choice Voucher Program, the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program and the Housing Choice Voucher Home Ownership Program.
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