Today, the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) announced the appointment of a new Executive Director, Danita Childers, who will lead the organization in its continued commitment to providing affordable and quality housing in suburban Cook County. As the new Executive Director, Childers will spearhead strategic initiatives to enhance the living conditions and strengthen the housing programs offered by the Housing Authority of Cook County. With an impressive background in housing management and extensive experience in community development, Childers brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this role.
“As the newly appointed Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Cook County, I am honored and motivated to take on this crucial responsibility. With a deep commitment to providing safe, affordable, and inclusive housing opportunities, our team will work tirelessly to uplift and empower the residents of Cook County. We will build a stronger community, foster positive change, and create a brighter future for all,” said Danita Childers, Housing Authority of Cook County’s newly appointed executive director.
Danita Childers boasts a diverse and extensive professional background, spanning across various organizations. Childers recently served as the Deputy Chief of Development Operations at the Chicago Housing Authority where she managed the financial aspects of the Development Division, overseeing a $65 million budget. Prior to her work at the CHA, Childers held the position of Deputy Commissioner within the Department of Planning & Development for the City of Chicago, where she effectively managed the north planning region. Earlier in her career, at Jones Lang LaSalle, Danita excelled as an Associate Director in the Global Consulting Group, contributing to the development and implementation of strategic real estate solutions for diverse clients. Danita Childers holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with a concentration in
Accounting and Finance. Prior to obtaining her MBA, she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Michigan.
“Danita Childers’ appointment as the new Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Cook County marks a moment of celebration for our community,” said President Preckwinkle. “Her extensive experience in housing management and community development, combined with her visionary leadership, will undoubtedly have a positive impact in the lives of our residents. We look forward to her innovative approach to enhancing our housing programs and strengthening the quality of the places and spaces our residents call home. I’m hopeful that Danita will continue her legacy as a dedicated and qualified leader, and play a vital role in fostering sustainable, inclusive communities throughout Cook County.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Danita Childers as our new Executive Director,” said Wendy Walker Williams, Chair of the Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners. “Executive Director Childers has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to improving housing conditions and advocating for social equity throughout her career. Her strategic vision and collaborative approach will empower the Housing Authority of Cook County to address the complex challenges our community faces while ensuring that residents have access to safe and affordable homes. The Housing Authority of Cook County looks forward to the positive impact that Danita’s leadership will make on the lives of countless residents and families. Her appointment marks a significant milestone in the organization’s ongoing commitment to fostering sustainable and inclusive communities.”
The Housing Authority of Cook County is the second largest public housing authority in Illinois. Established in 1946, the Housing Authority of Cook County is a municipal corporation whose jurisdiction spans 108 communities. HACC administers several rental assistance programs to meet the housing needs of those who need it most in Suburban Cook County. HACC’s conventional public housing program consists of over 2,100 owned units of low-income housing. The Rental Assistance Division services over 13,000 families, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. Other programs managed by HACC include the Community Choice Program, Family Self-Sufficiency Program, and Homeownership Program and are designed to help clients reach their goals and move toward independence. HACC believe that when residents have access to affordable housing, economic opportunity and a suitable living environment free from discrimination, people thrive.
For further information, please contact Marcus King, Director of Strategy and Communication, at 630-649-0293 or by email at [email protected].