Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

TDHCA Reorganization Aimed at Improving Production, Accountability

(AUSTIN-6/27/02) The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) will undergo a substantial reorganization over the next six to seven months, according to Executive Director Edwina Carrington. The primary goal of the reorganization, which is already underway, will be to align housing programs along production lines, creating multifamily and single family housing production under one Housing Finance Production director.

The Department's housing programs are currently aligned according to each program's funding source.

"My vision is to create a state housing finance and community affairs agency that will be a model of professionalism and integrity," Carrington stated in explaining the reorganization. "We will design and implement our programs in a manner that is consistent with agency goals and strategic priorities through processes that are logical, transparent, and focus on production."

She noted that while TDHCA's Sunset Bill (SB 322) was a driving force behind her decision, recommending certain structural changes to the Department, Carrington added that the reorganization will increase efficiency and effectiveness, increase service delivery and scope, and focus on productivity with accountability.

The reorganization is being implemented over three phases, with the change management facilitation assistance provided by Management Advisory Services (MAS) staff from the State Auditor's Office. Delivering the message to employees was the goal of Phase I, which ended June 14. Phase II involves reviewing current processes and designing the implementation of the new organizational structure. This phase began June 17 and is projected to end September 1. Phase III, which the Department expects to take approximately one to two months for initial implementation, will involve the actual "migration" of personnel and responsibilities between former divisions.

Carrington stressed that all divisions will continue to function as usual during this transition, with no disruption in the delivery of services or contract administration. The Department will communicate further information regarding TDHCA's day-to-day operations to legislators, advocates, subgrantees, contractor service providers, and the general public as this process evolves. No actual changes are planned to be implemented until November 2002.

For further information about the Department's reorganization, please reference the PowerPoint presentation contained within the June 13, 2002, TDHCA Board Book, which highlights the rationale and benefits of the reorganization. Interested parties are encouraged to continue monitoring TDHCA's website for information on this important process.