Mayor Whitmire Appoints New City of Houston Housing Director

February 29, 2024 ~ Houston Mayor Appoints New Director for Housing and Community Development Department

In a press conference held today, Mayor John Whitmire announced the appointment of Michael C. Nichols as the new director of the Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) for the City of Houston. Pending approval from Houston City Council, Nichols will take over the position from Keith Bynam, who recently retired after 32 years with HCD.

Nichols comes to this role with an impressive background in both the private and nonprofit sectors. He previously served as president and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, where he was credited with implementing strong financial sustainability and compliance programs. He also has three decades of experience in senior positions at SYSCO Corporation and Grocers Supply in Houston's food distribution industry.

Mayor Whitmire expressed his confidence in Nichols' ability to lead HCD during this critical time for the city. "Mike Nichols is the right person to lead the City's housing department at the right time," he stated. "We must rebuild trust and confidence following HCD's handling of disaster recovery, continue to repair and replace homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey, and create more affordable housing options for our residents."

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Nichols himself is eager to take on this new role and work towards improving Houston's neighborhoods. "I am ready to go to work to implement Mayor Whitmire's vision to make Houston a better place to work and live," he said. "My goal will be to make Houston the most pro-housing city in the nation by building collaboration and capacity."

The Housing and Community Development Department plays a crucial role in ensuring that all Houstonians have access to safe and affordable housing options. The department works closely with service providers and developers across the city to improve residents' quality of life.

Mayor Whitmire also emphasized that Nichols will work collaboratively with other governmental agencies such as the Houston Housing Authority, Houston Permitting Office, and Harris County Community Services Department. "I look forward to working with Mike and seeing the positive impact his experience and leadership will create in the department," he stated.

Nichols is expected to begin his new role as Interim Director on March 4th, 2024. Mayor Whitmire plans to ask Houston City Council to confirm Nichols as the permanent Director in the coming weeks. With his exemplary record of service and experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors, Nichols is poised to make a significant impact on Houston's housing and community development efforts.

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