Tom McCasland as Director of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department, Mayor Turner said


HOUSTON – Houston now has a former director of the City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department.

Tom McCasland is the head of the department, according to a statement from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

In a statement Tuesday, Turner’s office shared that statement, requesting that it be attributed to Turner himself.

The statement said, in part, that “the administration has lost confidence in its leadership and ability to run the department in the best interests of the city, and it is time to move forward.”

KPRC 2 has contacted McCasland for comment, but has not had a response to date.

Here is the full statement:

“There is no charade. The comments made by the former director of the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department are puzzling, exaggerated and wrong.

“The HCDD has issued a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). All the housing projects of the developers have reached the threshold determined by the staff, who submitted information to the administration. The information was reviewed by Chief of Staff, Economic Development Officer Tom McCasland and the Mayor.

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“The final exam also included the city prosecutor, the chief of staff, the economic development officer and the director of HCDD without the mayor. They recommended to go ahead. McCasland told the group and subsequently the mayor that a press release announcing the winners would be issued the next day, which was done today ahead of the housing committee meeting. The Director of HCDD did not raise any objections thereafter and did not do so at the final meeting. His only objection is that the mayor did not follow his recommendation, which is perfectly at the discretion of the mayor.

“It was not a Request for Proposal (RFP). The mayor has made it clear that placing affordable housing projects throughout the city, including neighborhoods of opportunity like District E, is a priority given the history between HUD and the city. It has been several years since the city placed an affordable housing development in District E.

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“Given the GLO issues, the former director offered to step down last year. The administration supported him and did everything to provide him with what he needed to cope in difficult circumstances. However, the administration has lost confidence in its leadership and ability to run the department in the best interests of the city, and it is time to move on. We wish him the best. “

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