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City of Clarksville announces Angela Jones earns housing, redevelopment certification

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The Reverend Angela R. Jones, a member of the Clarksville Housing Authority Board of Directors since 2013, has earned Commissioners Certification from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

Reverend Angela R. Jones

Reverend Angela R. Jones

The NAHRO Commissioners Certification program:

  • Provides knowledge about the commissioner’s role and responsibilities and board governance.
  • Teaches candidates about oversight of policies and budgets and the boundaries of their purview.
  • Focuses on how to become a strong advocate for affordable housing in the community.
  • Places special emphasis upon professional ethical conduct and how it affects the agency.

The Reverend Jones, who recently attended the NAHRO National Conference in New Orleans, is an author and Senior Pastor of the Greenhill Church and Christian Outreach Ministries in Clarksville.

Jones was ordained in 1999 as the first female minister in her church, and now serves as the first female pastor in its 150-year history. She is a former Jubilee Singer and 1983 magna cum laude graduate of Fisk University. Jones also earned a master’s degree in music from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a master’s in Theological Studies from Liberty University.

“My appointment to the Housing Authority board came because I had been attending many meetings and asking questions about how community development in things like tourism and housing would benefit Clarksville’s low-income citizens,” Jones said.  “Greenhill Church is in the New Providence area, and I was concerned that this and other low-income areas in our city need equal attention.

“I felt that I could make a difference. I feel that God called me to this role, and the Housing Authority is a perfect organization to serve as an advocate for those in need of quality housing and other life-enhancing programs.”

Jones said top recent accomplishments of the Housing Authority include:

  • Maintaining the HUD High Performer designation, and revising board bylaws and policies.
  • Improving unit security by adding security cameras at two sites.
  • Improving units by replacing windows, screens and exterior doors, and adding playground equipment.
  • Constructing a new handicap accessible duplex this fall.
  • Adding the Concord Gardens affordable housing complex.

Jones said she looks forward to continued service on the Housing Authority.

“Clarksville is ready for redevelopment and new construction of our housing areas,” she said. “We need modernization and Market-Rate Housing where appropriate; Affordable Housing to solve our homeless population; and programs designed to educate, encourage and equip our residents to phase out of Public Housing into owning their own homes.

“I believe that God has given us a mandate to use our energy and expertise, our influence, skills and talents to bless others,” Jones said. “Serving on the Housing Authority board allows me and my colleagues to make a positive difference in the lives of others, while building up the city of Clarksville. I am looking forward to the good things that are on the horizon.”


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