Fort Worth Housing Authority getting first new CEO in more than 20 years

05/27/2014 2:57 PM

05/27/2014 2:58 PM

The longtime chief executive officer of the Fort Worth Housing Authority, Barbara Holston, is leaving Friday after 23 years with the agency and will be replaced by the chief operating officer of the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.

The Fort Worth Housing Authority board of commissioners selected Naomi Byrne, who has also served as the executive director of the Texarkana, Texas, and Georgetown housing authorities, according to a news release.

“The board felt that she had the right mix of experience in the knowledge of the various housing programs and affordable housing development to understand the challenges and opportunities facing FWHA,” Terri Attaway, the board chair, said in a statement.

An education fund being established in Holston’s honor will provide financial assistance to people in the housing programs and help them pursue academic and vocational training.

“Barbara has been a strategic visionary, strong leader and a well-respected official through both good and challenging times. The board is extremely grateful for her numerous contributions during her tenure,” said Attaway.

Byrne has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University at Texarkana.

She will start Monday.

The housing authority owns 1,145 public housing units, 3,126 affordable housing units, 525 market rate units; administers more than 6,100 housing vouchers; and operates two home-ownership programs.

— Caty Hirst

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