Eugene Jones Jr., CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority since October 2019, has submitted his resignation to Mayor Andre Dickens and his board chair, Larry Stewart.
Jones convened members of the AHA team Tuesday morning to let them know he was leaving, according to people who were present. His last day will be Dec. 31.
In the remarks to his staff, Jones told them he was incredibly proud of the work that they had accomplished during his tenure.
He mentioned the selection of a development team for the Civic Center; being awarded a $40 million federal Choice grant to revitalize the Bowen Homes community, completing a strategic plan with the board and the community, settling a lawsuit with a former AHA CEO – Renee Glover, settling the terms on another lawsuit with the Integral Group, and working with City Hall on plans for Thomasville Heights and Forest Cove Apartments.
The city plans to do a national search for Jones’ successor.
Jones joined the Atlanta Housing Authority during the administration of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms after serving as head of the Chicago Housing Authority. His career pattern has been to spend three to five years in various public housing positions.
During his tenure, the board of the Atlanta Housing Authority was completely replaced after Dickens became mayor. Many of the former board members had been appointed by former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
Mayor Andre Dickens issued the following statement.
I thank Eugene Jones for his service to Atlanta Housing and the people of Atlanta. Eugene has been a close partner on all our affordable housing efforts and thanks to his help, we are on track to reach our goal of creating or preserving 20,000 units over eight years.
Atlanta Housing has made great strides under Eugene’s leadership, and we are grateful he has agreed to stay until the end of the year to ensure continuity until that role is filled.
I have requested that the AH Board conduct a national search to secure the exceptional champion Atlanta deserves to have at the helm of one of our most important institutions.
Atlanta Housing and the City of Atlanta secured a $40 million Choice Neighborhoods grant for the transformation of the former Bowen Homes site, bolstering AH’s efforts to revitalize distressed neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life for some of our most long-underserved residents. This grant will pave the way for a more than $500 million comprehensive neighborhood transformation on the westside of Atlanta.
Eugene started the development process for the Atlanta Civic Center, supported our relocation of residents from Forest Cove and crafted a new five-year vision for AH that has put the organization—alone—on a path to create 10,000 units of affordable housing in eight years—halfway to our goal of 20,000 affordable units. Further, the Housing Choice Voucher program expanded to 19,000 households under his leadership.
Thank you, Eugene, for a job well done.