ATLANTA – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Ron Sims today swore in Edward L. Jennings, Jr. as HUD’s Regional Administrator serving the eight states in the Southeast Region including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

As Regional Administrator, Jennings will lead over 1200 employees in the largest HUD region in the nation encompassing over 64 million people and 380,000 square miles. Jennings will also serve as HUD’s liaison to mayors, city managers, elected representatives, state and local officials, Congressional delegations, private and non-profit affordable housing developers, stakeholders, and customers. He will oversee the delivery of HUD programs and services to communities and evaluate their efficiency and effectiveness. Jennings is one of 10 regional directors in the United States.

“I am both humbled and excited at the prospect of leading one of the most dynamic regions in the nation especially during these most challenging times,” said Jennings. HUD’s role in the daily lives of literally millions is increasing as are our efforts to work seamlessly with other federal, state, and local agencies to make a difference in communities throughout the region and nation.”

“Ed’s decision to join us at HUD could not have come at a better time,” said Sims. “He provides the strong vision, leadership and innovation coupled with real world experience that the Obama Administration and HUD are looking for especially in a region as diverse and challenging as the Southeast. I have full confidence that he will be able to develop strong synergies of effort among those partners and stakeholders that are so critical to improving and transforming HUD and our ability to serve our communities.”

A fifth generation Floridian and son of the former Mayor of Gainesville, Jennings served as a State Representative from 2000-2006 where he worked to expand access to health care, employment, transportation, and was a staunch affordable housing advocate to underserved communities. As founder of Jennings Development Group, Inc., he helped to develop hundreds of units of affordable housing and to promote economic and community development in Gainesville.

Prior to accepting the appointment as HUD Regional Director, Jennings served in the Florida House of Representatives. Throughout his legislative career, he served on various committees including the Vice Chair of Community Colleges and Workforce Development; Commerce Council; Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Committee; and the Insurance Committee. He also served as the Chair of the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators and the board of directors for the National Conference of Black State Legislators.

Jennings founded his development firm 12 years ago, that has become an economic vehicle for revitalizing East Gainesville. As a business leader seeking to make a significant impact in his community, Jennings served on the boards of the: Alachua County Public Schools Foundation, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Builder’s Association of North Central Florida and African American Accountability Alliance. He has garnered numerous civic and professional honors for his community and legislative contributions. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Florida, where he also served as President of Florida’s most prestigious leadership honorary, Florida Blue Key

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  1. Lisa Tinch says:

    Clayton County Georgia Housing Program need HUD to Please look at My home was demotion by the Fire Chief and there was no Court order , no permitted, and there is a loan that still on this home but there no house 678-698-2790

  2. Lisa Tinch says:

    I am Homeless because of my local Commissioners vote on have this house demolition , But there a HUD person that said Madden said that this work was done very poor and the fire chief was looking into have this house Demotion ,But no one never to to LISA TINCH this was my home let me talk now because this is the Government do not lie the first thing Government want to do is put me in jail here they are tying to put me in jail what wrong with this

    • GvilleTODAY says:

      Hello Lisa,

      Thank you for adding to the comment section.

      Here is the link to HUD

      HUD’s Local Offices

      HUD is organized in 10 Regions. Each Region is managed by a Regional Administrator, who also oversees the Regional Office. Each Field Office within a Region is managed by a Field Office Director, who reports to the Regional Administrator. Staff who answer the main office telephone will be able to respond to or direct your calls to the appropriate person.

      Here is the link to the local office

      Please keep us updated on your story with the persons name ans title you speak to and what they informed you.

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    • GvilleTODAY says:

      Who is your district commission rep?

      Who is this Madden person? Please provide us the name of the HUD person and their contact number.

      • Lisa Tinch says:

        So SORRY concerning this statement so last Gus Madden is with the OIG office in Atlanta office they have been moving he to Miami Fla offices just because he is apart of these people’s history criminals

  3. Lisa Tinch says:

    Please look at you tube .com put in my Name Lisa Tinch you will see the fire chief I thought that Clayton County had done every things right boy when I receiver these papers this is unlawful I was in my home my living my home just need repairs not Demotion Clayton County Georgia Need HUD to Overseer these Program I am Homeless Now My Personal thing are in County Warehouse Now , My Car Is at Fire Chief Offices and I can Not touch it 678-698-2790 I need help

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