City's Housing Department Axes 29 Jobs
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"This is a top to bottom reorganization reflecting our commitment to improved operations and changing the overall culture and public perception of HCD," said HCD Director Jim Noteware. "It involves everything from greater focus on communication and transparency to improved staff training and enhanced monitoring of compliance with federal and state guidelines. This department has had difficulties for years. Mayor Parker's charge was to fix it. This plan will do just that."
The announcement added this:
Mr. Noteware decided against a larger reduction in force that would have eliminated the deficit entirely due to concerns that it would harm the department's performance. Staffing levels will continue to be reviewed as operational improvements are fully implemented over the next six to twelve months. The steps announced today will help the department meet its primary objectives - to provide decent housing, create a suitable living environment and expand economic opportunities, principally for Houston's low and moderate income persons.