Robert L. Reyna
Mr. Reyna assumed the position of Executive Director in 2003, while the agency was under HUD receivership. The agency had previously suffered years of mismanagement and financial problems, which caused it to go into receivership in 2000. During his first fourteen months, he worked diligently with both HUD and BHA staff to implement checks and balances so that future problems could be rapidly identified and immediately corrected. BHA was returned to local control in June of 2004 and a brand new Board of Commissioners was appointed and sworn in by the Mayor and City Council.
In 2006, BHA competed nationally against 26 other housing authorities for one of only four highly coveted $20 million dollar HOPE VI Revitalization Grants. BHA was awarded one of the grants which was then used to leverage an additional $34 million additional dollars. This $54 million dollar revitalization project helped BHA demolish a 50-year old, 195-unit public housing development, and replaced that property with over 400 units of affordable housing. The vast improvements in housing opportunities and accomplishments being achieved at the Beaumont Housing Authority have received local, state and national recognition.
In 2009 Mr. Reyna was recognized as the Executive Director of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials for his outstanding achievements and leadership. This prestigious recognition is awarded to only one of the over 300 State of Texas Housing Authority Executive Directors each year.
Reyna has created excellent public/private partnerships which have resulted in the construction of new mixed finance developments primarily funded by private investors who purchased over $35 million dollars of Low Income Housing Tax Credits. He is especially proud of the multitude of social and supportive services, coupled with resident training and education programs that BHA offers to help our residents achieve self-sufficiency and improve the quality of their lives.
Reyna is very proud to say that he is a product of the very programs with which he works. He grew up in the Dallas Housing Authority public housing development named Elmer Scott Place from 1958 through 1970. He credits this experience with helping him better understand all sides of issues concerning both staff and residents.
Prior to beginning his housing career, Reyna attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.