Shuldiner, preeminent affordable and public housing expert, brings extensive
national experience to
YONKERS, NY — The City of Yonkers Municipal Housing Authority (MHA) this week announced the hiring of one of the nation’s foremost
experts in the field of public housing as its new Executive Director. Joseph
Shuldiner, onetime Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) and former director of public housing in the three
largest cities in the country, joins the agency at a time of profound
Mr. Shuldiner comes to
MHA directly from the private sector where, as principal of Jospeh Shuldiner
& Associates, Inc., he was the program manager of the widely successful
Duneland Village/Jackson Park HOPE VI redevelopment effort in
invaluable to shepherding
project, MHA officials said.
Shuldiner is one of the top people anywhere in the field of public housing and
we are truly fortunate to have landed him as our new Executive Director,”
remarked MHA Chairman Donald Christopher. “The breadth of work to be done here
in Yonkers when it comes to transforming our housing stock, which is some of
the oldest public housing in the country, would be overwhelming to anyone else
but Joe—that’s why he’s the best man for the job. The thousands of families who
depend on MHA will immediately benefit from his experience.”
Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone also hailed Shuldiner’s hiring saying, “Public
Yonkers is entering a new era as we begin
work on the $180 million Ashburton Avenue urban redevelopment project.
There is literally no one who is more qualified or better equipped to handle
the job more than Joseph Shuldiner.”
Prior to his stint as a
private consultant, Mr. Shuldiner held some of the highest profile and most
demanding public housing positions in the nation.
In 1993, he was appointed by President Clinton as Assistant Secretary of Public
and Indian Housing at HUD where he was responsible for a Section 8 Program that
provided housing assistance to 2.8 million low income households at an annual
cost in excess of $15 billion.
When the federal government took over the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) in
1995, Mr. Shuldiner was appointed to spearhead its recovery effort. During his
four years as head of CHA, he completely transformed one of the most troubled
housing agencies in the country, guiding it out of federal control and back
into the hands of the City of
Prior to his federal
appointment, Mr. Shuldiner served a three-year tenure as Executive Director of
the Housing Authority of the City of
HACLA was also moved off of the federal government’s list of “troubled
agencies” and remade into one of the most respected and fiscally sound
municipal public housing authorities.
Before joining HACLA, Mr.
Shuldiner worked for more than a decade in various capacities with the City of
authority in the country with 184,000 apartments and 60,000 Section 8
certificates. He would eventually lead the New York City Housing Authority as
its General Manager where he managed a staff of more than 15,000 and an annual
budget of more than $1 billion. In 1985, he was honored by the Fund for the
Mr. Shuldiner holds a
Bachelor of Arts degree from
School of Law. He was selected for a fellowship to attend
Program for Senior Executives of State and Local Governments.
Shuldiner, 61 years old and a
Westchester County resident, officially began his
duties as Executive Director at MHA on January 31 and will earn an annual
salary of $165,000. He replaces retiring executive director Peter Smith who
served 33 years with distinction at the authority.
The Yonkers Municipal
Housing Authority is the second largest public housing authority in the New
York City Metropolitan Area, covering 19 separate developments with 2,579
Conventional Public Housing apartments throughout the city. Its Section 8
Program has 1,850 apartments leased with 780 private landlords. MHA is
presently overseeing a $180 million urban redevelopment of the city’s
million federal HOPE VI revitalization grant for
safe and sanitary housing for eligible families and to provide opportunities
and promote self-sufficiency and economic independence for its participants.
SOURCE: Yonkers City Hall