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Posted January 25, 2017 | 2:51 PM

Hillsborough County Hires New Affordable Housing Director

Hillsborough County, Fla. (January 25, 2017) - Hillsborough County is pleased to announce the hiring of Cheryl Howell as the new Affordable Housing Services director.

In this role, Howell is responsible for leading the County's efforts to create and increase access to safe and decent affordable housing, as well as fostering community development in unincorporated Hillsborough County, the City of Plant City, and the City of Temple Terrace. Clients include contractors, developers and non-profit organizations, as well as very low-, low-, and moderate-income households, County departments, and other government agencies.

"Howell brings great capacity to ensure continued compliance with federal and state grants, to collaborate with social services providers including internal and external agencies addressing homeless services, as well as building critical ties to land use and economic development," said Bonnie Wise, Hillsborough County chief financial administrator.

As Affordable Housing Services director, Howell will oversee a $32 million budget and 21 full-time employees.

Howell has more than 11 years of experience in Florida local government housing and community development, in addition to 13 years' nonprofit experience in housing, homelessness, and other social services. She comes to Hillsborough County from Lake County, where she served as housing director. She brings critical expertise in federal and state funding sources, development of staff, and partnerships with external agencies.

Howell earned her master's degree in management and leadership from Webster University and a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida.

As the director of Affordable Housing Services, Howell will be paid an annual salary of $128,000.

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