TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – The city of Tampa has appointed Kayon Henderson as director of housing and community development.
Its promotion follows a series of dedicated accomplishments and services that, over the years, have helped thousands of struggling families and vulnerable people find a safe place to live. Closely overseeing the distribution of more than $ 80 million in federal and state grants, Henderson has helped chart the course to meet Mayor Jane Castor’s ambitious housing affordability goals and, in her new role, will only strengthen and catapult this effort.
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“We are very fortunate to have Kayon on our team as she has proven to be deeply invested in improving our community through her work,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “She has shown unwavering dedication and helped my administration move towards our ambitious housing affordability goals. Kayon is truly making a difference every day, and we are proud to see her take the reins of one of the most important divisions in municipal government and look forward to seeing her thrive under his leadership.
Henderson joined the City of Tampa in 2013 as a Project Monitor, ensuring that all subrecipients, who had entered into agreements with the city, were in compliance with source funding regulations and their funding agreements. grant.
A year later, she was promoted to Community Development Specialist II and worked closely with agencies to help develop policies and procedures for housing programs. These included the Emergency Solutions Grants Program and the Housing Opportunities Program for People with AIDS. Henderson led the effort to develop HOPWA in the city of Tampa, an effort that has since touched the lives of hundreds of low-income people living with HIV / AIDS, and their families.
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“Team members like Kayon define the essence of public service,” said Carole Post, Administrator of Development and Economic Opportunities. “Gifted and determined, Kayon is problem-solver and has excelled at navigating and motivating her team through the complexities of housing programs and funding. It sets an example and is a pillar of the Development and Economic Opportunities portfolio.
Henderson served as Acting Manager of Housing and Community Development. His official title will take effect on December 1, 2021.
“I really feel my calling is to help those who cannot help themselves enough,” said Henderson. “Rather than a career, it’s a calling for me, and I look forward to continuing to improve the lives of those less fortunate. “
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Originally from Jamaica, Henderson graduated from the University of South Florida and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Public Administration.