Oxnard Housing Director Tenders Resignation

Re: Letter of Resignation/Retirement effective Sept. 28, 2018

Dear Ashley,

Please accept this as notice of my resignation from the position as Housing Director with the City of Oxnard. I will be retiring from public service. My last day of employment will be Sept. 28, 2018. I first came to work for the City of Oxnard on April 7, 1980. Since then, I resigned three times, and have been reinstated twice and hired back once, just over three years ago. In total, my tenure at the City of Oxnard has been over 30 years, all at the Housing Department. At this point, I plan to pursue other interests.

I have enjoyed immensely working with the community and the City Council to provide services to the residents of Oxnard. I have also enjoyed working with staff from the various City departments and particularly with staff from the Housing Department, where there is much hidden talent. While former City Manager Greg Nyhoff’s style ofleadership was a disappointment to me, I enjoyed working under the leadership of Scott Whitney, for approximately one-year, which ended Sept. 16, 2016, and again during the first six-months of the current year.

During the last three years, the Housing Department, with the support of the City Council and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, and with the great ingenuity of its staff, and community support, has:

  • Achieved and maintained High Performer rating for the Oxnard Housing Authority with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD);
  • Had no significant financial audit findings for the Housing Authority;
  • Maintained a strong financial positon for the Housing Authority, as stated by HUD’s last review;
  • Been referred to as one of the best managed public housing agencies in the nation, as stated by HUD in June 2017;
  • Greatly improved administration of the City Entitlement Grants (CDBG, HOME Partnerships Act, and Emergency Solutions Grant);
  • Provided down payment assistance to 68 families to purchase their first home;
  • Taken the lead on organizing two winter shelters for homeless, and provided support for a third shelter;
  • Received an NAHRO 2018 National Award of Merit from the National Association of Housing & Urban Development for Program Innovation/Resident and Client Services for the Homeless Winter Warming Shelter;
  • Provided over $1 million in grant funds to First and Hayes Street Project and worked with Habitat for Humanity and HUD to revive the project, that had been cancelled by HUD due to non-performance; for the construction of six (6) single family homes, which are now nearly completed, and set for occupation by families in Aug. or Sept. of this year;’
  • Provided approximately $1.3 million in grant and Housing In-Lieu Fees to the Ormond Beach Villas veterans affordable housing project, plus 39 project based Section 8 Vouchers for 20 years (renewable), making construction of that project feasible, per non-profit developer Many Mansions;
  • Worked with developer Urban Housing Communities (UHC) for Las Cortes project plan approval and construction of 144 affordable replacement units for public housing in Colonia (Phase 2), units which are expected to be released and occupied within the next 60 days;Worked with UHC, the City, and HUD to develop and amend the plan for Phase 3 of Las Cortes project to meets local requirements for the construction of an additional 129 affordable housing units (total 260 replacement units plus a net increase of 77 additional affordable housing units, when the 64 units from Phase 1 are factored in);
  • Joined the Ventura County Affordable Housing Trust Fund, with a contribution of $200,000 of Housing In Lieu Fees, for a revolving loan fund for development of affordable housing;
  • Initiated support for the Cabrillo Economic Development Corp. Etting Road Project for 42 affordable apartments for farmworkers, with an initial approved assignment of $394,123 in grant funds for the project, and a commitment to provide approximately $607,000 in additional funding, subject to City Council
  • Developed partnerships with the City of Ventura and the County of Ventura to address homelessness on a regional basis;
  • Obtained approval of $1.5 million in Measure O funds for acquisition and operation of a year-round shelter for

I believe that these are significant accomplishments that speak well of the Housing Department and the City of Oxnard. In the coming weeks, I will do my best to assure that there is a smooth transition.

AC Letter of Resignation

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William Hicks
William Hicks
2 years ago

Interesting title “Housing Director.” Would he be the person responsible for providing “affordable housing;” another term for section 8 housing?

Citizen Reporter
2 years ago
Reply to  William Hicks

Section 8 is only part of his charter. He also manages city-owned housing and is involved in advocacy/screening of private, tax credit-subsidized housing, as well as homeless and very low income housing stuff.