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|Graduate Degree: Northeastern University
Undergraduate Degree: College of the Holy Cross
Areas of Interest: Housing
Agency: Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
Supervisor: Amy Schectman, Associate Director, Division of Public Housing and Rental Assistance
Project Description: While at the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Division of Public Housing and Rental Assistance, Kate Moloney assessed how DHCD can better support local housing authorities (LHAs) in their role as operators of the state-assisted public housing units and was part of a task force to determine the true cost of operating the state-assisted public housing. While evaluating DHCD’s supportive role, she interviewed Executive Directors and staff members of LHAs, tenant advocates, and DHCD staff members to find out how DHCD currently supports LHAs, identify common management problems that confront LHAs, and propose new ways in which DHCD can better support LHAs in the management of the public housing. As a member of the true cost working group, Kate assessed proposals and researched answers to questions asked by the other members and developed new strategies for determining the true cost of operating state-assisted public housing.