Earlier today, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro named Jim Reed to serve as HUD’s New England Regional Administrator.

Reed grew up in Newport and is a 1966 graduate of Rogers High School and for more than a decade served as Executive Director of The Housing Authority of Newport, where he managed the federally funded transformation of nearly 500 severely distressed public housing units and substantially reduced the housing authority’s persistently high vacancy rate.

“Jim brings a vast knowledge and understanding about how our programs work at the community level,” said Secretary Castro in a press release.  “I’m absolutely thrilled someone of his caliber is joining our senior management team.  His deep New England roots and housing experience will be a tremendous asset to the people and places we serve.”

Reed will manage HUD’s operations for a six-state region that includes Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

For more information, visit JIM REED NAMED HUD NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR.

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