New leader sets sights on community development role
Clarksville, TN – Patricia Tyus, the new Executive Director of the Clarksville Housing, has quickly begun work on her goal of establishing a broader community development role for the local housing agency.
Since starting the job on October 4th, Tyus has been using her extensive management experience to evaluate and better position the Clarksville Housing Authority for a big menu of affordable housing programs and community development initiatives.
“From what I see, Clarksville presents an ideal situation to merge the work of the Housing Authority and various community development opportunities,” Tyus said. “When I visited and took a look at Clarksville, I could see myself here. It has a small town feel, but also a lot of growth and progress. I think my knowledge and expertise will help make a difference.”
Tyus has held executive management positions in government and public housing over the past 19 years, most recently as Director of Public Housing for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Indianapolis.
Tyus hails from Charleston, MO, a small town in the Bootheel, where her mother still resides. She has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Southeast Missouri State University, and a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in management from Milliken University in Decatur, IL.
Tyus has two children, Demetrius Terrell and Destini Tyus; and has a granddaughter, Ramyiah Terrell. In 2012, she published a book, “The Half Has Not Been Told: Memoirs of my Destiny,” which is inspired by the life of her special needs daughter.
Tyus was hired by the Clarksville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, a seven-member community board appointed by the Mayor of Clarksville that governs the Authority. The Authority has two Asset Management Projects, consisting of 508 housing units located on four sites throughout the City of Clarksville.
The Authority recently completed its first 80 housing units using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. CHA also receives annual capital funding to renovate and maintain the public housing stock. It works with residents through a resident council and a resident advisory board, and also sponsors several mentoring and training programs.
Housing Authorities are also instrumental in carrying out the multifaceted mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on the local level.
- Ensuring development of affordable housing and rental units.
- Advancing economic prosperity and education for residents of HUD-assisted housing.
- Promoting the health and housing stability of vulnerable populations, such as homeless families and veterans.
- Reducing housing discrimination though HUD fair-housing programs.
- Increasing the health and safety of homes and improving energy efficiency.
- Supporting the recovery of communities from disasters.