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The Delray Beach Housing Authority Moves into its Permanent Office Space

DELRAY BEACH, Florida—More than 75 people attended the recent Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for the Delray Beach Housing Authority’s new permanent office building in Delray Beach. The new mixed-use building (offices on the first floor, residential on the second floor) is located within the West Settlers Historic District, 82 NW 5th Avenue, Delray Beach. The ceremony was attended by City Commissioners, DBHA Board Members and former Board Members, and other community leaders.

This is the first new construction project in Palm Beach County certified by the Green Building Initiative for Resource Efficiency & Reduction of Environmental Impacts.  The design focused on minimizing water usage through installation of water saving showerheads, water closets and exterior vegetation requiring minimal irrigation; incorporated energy saving light sensors throughout the space, along with a significant number of windows optimizing day lighting.

“It has been more than ten years since Hurricane Wilma destroyed the Delray Beach Housing Authority’s (DBHA) administrative office space, located on the grounds of the Authority’s Public Housing complex, which was also destroyed,” said Dorothy Ellington, DBHA President/CEO.  “Since that time the agency has moved twice to rental space within the City.”

According to Delray Mayor Cary Glickstein, “Our city is in positive transition on many fronts, and with change comes a need for patience and vision to understand how we can, in an ever-changing environment, best serve our residents.  To that end, while we welcome our Housing Agency to their new home, I also challenge them and other like-minded thinkers in our community to not rely solely on government to solve our housing problems; to rise to the occasion, moving beyond traditional roles and help us formulate innovative affordable housing solutions. We know our Housing Authority cannot solve this alone, but we also know we cannot solve this without you.”

DBHA Board Chairman Guarn Sims stated, “To City Officials, City and Community Leaders and Residents of this Great City, you have something special within this organization called DBHA.  There’s nothing better than having a strong component within your city which delivers positive results continuously while impacting the lives of some of the neediest within our communities by providing quality affordable housing and other services.”

About the Delray Beach Housing Authority

The Delray Beach Housing Authority is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for low and moderate income families, and providing the opportunity for self-sufficiency by guaranteeing safe, quality housing. The Delray Beach Housing Authority has been in operation since 1973 and provides rental assistance programs including the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, the Public Housing Program and a Family Self-Sufficiency Program as well. Areas covered by the Delray Beach Housing Authority extend 10 miles beyond the municipal boundaries of the City of Delray Beach. For more information visit http://dbha.org.

 

CONTACT:    Tina L. Pugliese, APR

June 7, 2017

(561) 889-3575; Tina@PugliesePR.com