WEST CHESTER, PA — The Housing Authority of Chester County (HACC) this week announced the appointment of Paul Diggs as its new Executive Director. Diggs, an experienced housing professional with a demonstrated commitment to affordable housing, steps into the role following the retirement of Dale Gravett.
Diggs brings with him an extensive background in public housing administration, having held management positions across housing authorities in Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington D.C. Most recently, he served as the Director of the Housing Choice Voucher Program with the Housing Commission of Howard County, Maryland.
In addition to his hands-on experience, Diggs holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Government and Public Policy and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore. This combination of academic expertise and practical leadership ideally positions him to guide HACC in its mission to provide, manage, and develop quality affordable housing for Chester County residents.
“The Executive Director role at the Housing Authority of Chester County is critical to ensure quality housing is provided to the 1,800 recipients of housing choice vouchers and 180 households living in the Housing Authority’s public housing units,” said Housing Authority Board Chair Pat Bokovitz. He emphasized that Diggs’ appointment comes at a time when strong leadership is paramount to meet the housing needs of those they serve.
Bokovitz further added, “The focus of the Housing Authority of Chester County is to provide, manage, and develop quality affordable housing for individuals and families while also promoting self-sufficiency and neighborhood revitalization. Meeting this focus on a daily basis requires strong leadership and we are excited to have Paul join the organization.”
Established in 1963, HACC has been pivotal in addressing the housing needs of low and very low-income residents of Chester County. The Authority is governed by a five-member board that meets monthly and operates with the support of 30 dedicated employees. With an annual budget of approximately $22 million, HACC consistently works towards innovative solutions for affordable housing, often forging crucial partnerships to achieve its goals.
In his new role as Executive Director, Diggs will serve as the administrative head of HACC and principal advisor to the Board. He will be responsible for ensuring effective management and administration of the Authority, a task that he is well-equipped to handle given his substantial experience in the field.
With Diggs at the helm, the Housing Authority of Chester County looks poised to continue its vital work, providing quality, affordable housing options for Chester County residents and contributing positively to neighborhood revitalization efforts.
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