Brevard Family of Housing
Brevard Family of Housing is a not-for-profit housing authority founded in 2008, as an umbrella organization for the Cocoa Housing Authority, Melbourne Housing Authority, and the Brevard County Housing Authority. It creates and oversees rental housing intended to be permanent and affordable for county residents. It is headquartered in Brevard County, Florida. It is the quasi-independent agency responsible for public housing and subsidized housing in Brevard County, Florida.
There are three separate boards for each of the housing authorities plus a board of directors for the Family of Housing. In 2010, the Cocoa Housing Authority was intending to separate and operate independently of the Family.
There are 596 units in north, central and south county under the direction of the Brevard Housing Authority. There were 150 units operated by the Melbourne Housing Authority. 356 properties were operated by the Cocoa Housing Authority. 4,500 residents total were living in these Family-managed units. The annual operating budget was about $20 million, mostly from federal funding.
Key people include:
- Chief Executive Officer - Mike Bean.
In 2006, financing created by the organization was featured in a case study at a regional symposium in Atlanta.
Until 2009, there were three separate local entities for public housing and Section 8 housing in the county. The Brevard Family of Housing was established as an umbrella organization to create an effective, community-service–oriented, public housing agency with innovative ideas and a different attitude. The primary goal was to provide safe, clean, affordable housing for eligible low and moderate income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The secondary goal was to provide effective social services, work with residents to improve their quality of life, encourage employment and self-sufficiency, and help residents move out of assisted housing.
In 2009, the prior Executive Officer was allowed to resign when authorities discovered that he had comingled US federal funds designed for Section 8 housing with local funds and used federal money for local expenditures.
In 2010, a federal court convicted a former employee for accepting a bribe to influence contract selection. An employee of the contracting company was also convicted of bribery and sentenced to jail.
- Basu, Rebecca (8 May 2010). "Housing boss sends 2 staffers packing". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 1A.
- Basu, Rebecca (27 May 2010). "Housing panel OKs Williams pay offer". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 1B–2B.
- 2006 Affordable Housing Symposium Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- City of Melbourne Meeting Notes January 23, 2007 Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Florida Today[permanent dead link]
- Channel 13 News Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Department of Justice press release Archived March 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Orlando Sentinel
- Gunnerson, Scott (April 23, 2013). "Feds in control of Cocoa agency". Florida Today. Melbourne, Florida. pp. 1A.