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New housing authority head brings experience

The Paducah Sun
Posted: Friday, March 03, 2017 By JOHN PFEIFER jpfeifer@paducahsun.com

Following an honorable discharge and after five years with the Click here to read the full story

HAP selects Hollimon as new director

The Paducah Sun
Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017
Staff report

The Housing Authority of Paducah has selected Tommy Hollimon Jr. as its new executive director.

Hollimon has been employed by the Housing Click here to read the full story

2017 HAP Holiday Closings

New Years Day  - observed Monday 01/02/2017
Martin Luther King Day - observed Monday 01/16/2017
Good Friday -observed  Friday 04/14/2017
Memorial Day - observed Monday 05/29/2017
Independance Day - observed Tuesday 07/04/2017 Click here to read the full story

The Housing Authority of Paducah and the Paducah Police Department have teamed up to sponsor Community Fun Day for all HAP tenants on June 10th, 2016 from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm. Free food, games, prizes, face painting, inflatables, basketball, health screenings, raffles and much more. Please check Click here to read the full story

New housing authority head brings experience

New housing authority head brings experience

The Paducah Sun
Posted: Friday, March 03, 2017 By JOHN PFEIFER jpfeifer@paducahsun.com

Following an honorable discharge and after five years with the Christian County Jail, "I realized toward the end that it wasn't my cup of tea."

He saw an opening advertised for a position with Hopkinsville's housing authority, one that utilized his Army logistics experience, and a career was born.

"You have to aspire to always do your best and always strive to get ahead," Hollimon said. "I share that attitude with employees and residents. Our residents, they're our people; we have to make sure we take care of them."

After two years as parts clerk, Hollimon was placed in charge of enforcing leases, a position he described as one of his most challenging.

It was during this time that he attended his first public housing training session.

"I learned so much," he said, "more than I thought there was to learn."

In 2009 Hollimon became a property manager for 120 units and later took over another building, doubling his managing responsibilities.

"My job was to make sure that everything in my properties ran as it should, that problems were dealt with quickly."

In 2013 Hollimon was promoted to be Hopkinsville's director of public housing, a position that was brand new and had him managing the day-to-day operations of all public housing properties in the city.

When he found out about the Paducah executive director opening, he did some homework.

"Before the interview I reviewed the entire Paducah ACOP," he said, referring to PHA's Admission and Continued Occupancy Policy. The ACOP is an 80-page document the local authority uses to administer HUD policies and guidelines.

Hollimon started as executive director on Feb. 13 and has spent most of his time getting to know his employees.

"It's important to know your team," he said, "especially our property managers and maintenance folks; they're the face of the housing authority."

He described his mission simply by saying "The goal of public housing is to help people." He said it's a misconception that a goal of public housing is to get people out of public housing.

"If you're happy with the area, we're not going to kick you out because you're making too much money," he said.

He said that housing authorities do not discourage residents from getting jobs or seeking better-paying jobs.

"We have programs where the first year income doesn't count against you, and only half of your second year income," Hollimon said.

All rents for PHA units are income-based with a graduated scale, and all leases are for one year.

"Everyone goes through rough patches in their life," he said, "but we don't want to put any time limits on people to think that staying with us is not an option."

The PHA has 855 units, and Hollimon said "last I heard we were 96 percent occupied."

He said his goals include better partnering with placement agencies to help residents get jobs.

He also wants to use technology to better communicate with tenants. As in anything, he said, "Communication is key."