DHA has no requirements to have the city council approve its annual report.
DHA is governed by its Board of Commissioners and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Mayor appoints the governing board, the city council does not have governance over DHA.
DHA’s president and CEO, Troy Broussard served as an active member of the Opportunity Dallas Task Force, which delivered a series of policy recommendations for the City of Dallas Comprehensive Housing Policy.
The personal information requested regarding DHA’s HCV families is protected under HUD privacy requirements. It was also ruled by the Texas Attorney General that this data is not subject to Open Records Act requests. In addition, DHA was not willing to risk its clients' safety by sharing personal identification information. DHA also has a duty to protect families who may be protected under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The City could not guarantee this information would not be released if requested under City of Dallas Freedom of Information Act Requests.
DHA is an independent, local government entity, unlike the Dallas City Housing/Community Services department, which is governed by the City of Dallas. While the two organizations share ‘Dallas’ and ‘housing’ in their name; their missions, governance and funding resources are distinctly different.
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