Tampa Housing Authority's Employee of the Month

 

  • Jimmy Urtecho

    Jimmy Urtecho

    Arbors at Rubin E. Padgett Estates
    May , 2018

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    Mr. Urtecho has been a valued THA employee for the last 18 years. Most recently Mr. Urtecho was acting supervisor for the Southern Scattered Sites and in this role he showed great initiative and dedication. He is a reliable employee who never hesitates to assist his fellow colleagues in any way he can and sets a positive example for his peers. Mr. Urtecho continues to have a bright future with the Tampa Housing Authority. It is for this reason that he has been nominated for this month’s Employee of the Month.
  • Rudy Garrett

    Rudy Garrett

    Main Office
    May , 2018

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    Mr. Rudolph Garrett’s security services here at the Corporate Office and his time in the field is above reproach. Mr. Garrett, commonly referred to as “Rudy,” treats everyone with dignity, respect and makes sure everyone is safe and secure throughout the building. Mr. Garrett continues to go above and beyond to ensure the Public Safety Department and the Tampa Housing Authority meets and exceeds our safety goals. Rudy is the type of individual who is very dependable and will always provide a helping hand when needed. He is a very valued member of our Public Safety Team and the Tampa Housing Authority. It is for this reason that he has been elected for this month’s Employee of the Month.
  • Alicia Banks

    Alicia Banks

    Main Office
    April , 2018

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    Employed with the agency since 2014, Ms. Banks was hired specifically to manage the Emergency Solutions Grant program. During the management of the ESG program, Mrs. Banks created various partnerships with local agencies and owners to better serve the families that needed short-term rental assistance. Ms. Banks was able to assess approximately 100 families for services each year and provide referrals to other agencies for those that did not qualify for ESG assistance. Mrs. Banks worked closely with owners to house families that had barriers such as evictions and poor credit. After the closing of the ESG grant, Mrs. Banks was assigned to provide case management services for 25 families being subsidized through the permanent supportive housing grant. This particular grant serves the hardest to house families who may need long term continuous services. Alicia continued to build relationships with agencies to ensure families were able to receive direct care for any housing barrier that they may be experiencing. Mrs. Banks would go out of her way, even after hours, to provide families with what was needed ranging from food, child care, employment and transportation. Her most recent amazing endeavor was assisting a gentleman to Goodwill to purchase clothes for employment. The client relayed to Mrs. Banks that no one had ever helped him buy clothes. This client has not worked in over 10 years, but has finally secured temporary employment with the assistance of Mrs. Banks. Mrs. Banks extends her spirit of partnership by chairing the Homeless Point-In-Time Count Committee for Hillsborough County. She was responsible for ensuring the homeless count operated efficiently by ensuring enough volunteers were present, and identifying all areas that may have potential homeless families. She did such a great job last year they have requested her to return as Chair. Finally, Ms. Banks has completed her SOAR Training. SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is a program designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, or a co-occurring substance use disorder.
  • James Coleman

    James Coleman

    JL Young Gardens
    April , 2018

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    Those who know James consider him a consummate professional. It is not only his work habits but it is the manner in which he does his job. He is considerate and a favorite among the residents and his peers at JL Young. With over 35 years of service at the Tampa Housing Authority, James has enough stories to warm your heart and make you smile. His peers describe him as a hard worker and a loyal employee. James’ supervisor stated that James can be trusted to perform health and safety duties to perfection. He is relied upon to do annual inspections and preventive maintenance whenever he is called upon. We are recognizing James because this recognition is past due. When Florida was hit by hurricane Irma last year, it was James who worked a full shift during the week and could be found on the weekend as a volunteer, handing out water and food to those in need at Robles Park. We would run out of time just tallying the things that this true humanitarian and friend to the Tampa community does. Please join me in recognizing a true inspiration and a dedicated Tampa Housing Authority employee as our April employee of the month.
  • Ana De Oliveira

    Ana De Oliveira

    Main Office
    March , 2018

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    On behalf of the Assisted Housing Department, Ana De Oliveira is recognized as Employee of the Month. In the two years that Ana has been employed, she has made notable contributions to the department as it relates to the VASH program. Homeless and once homeless veterans are a unique clientele to work with. Strong listening skills, patience, and the ability to explain the HCV Program are needed to ensure veterans maintain their housing. Ana manages her caseload of over 200 well, even as the number of referrals increases. She rarely needs assistance and can be counted on to complete tasks timely. Her quality control rate is consistently above average and thus, she is exempt from having all her files reviewed. She recently obtained her NAHRO certification a Certified Specialist of Occupancy – Housing Choice Voucher scoring 73 out of 75 correct. In addition to her regular duties, Ana stands out for consistently looking to improve and bring new processes to support the team in doing their job. Ana asks: how can we improve the process? How can we better engage the VA staff? How can the team work smarter and not just harder? On several occasions she’s identified a problem or need for an improvement and suggested a solution. For instance, she saw a need for the support specialist to be more effective in assisting counselors. She brought this to her supervisor’s attention, along with an idea on how to improve the support’s way of tracking tasks and completing them timely. She also suggested a briefing with a PowerPoint presentation for VA staff. In the end she got together with the VASH team to create a FAQ list of information that allows the VA staff to partner with us in helping veterans understand their responsibilities as it relates to new lease-ups, transfers and annual recertification. She updates information without asking and in general, Ana has shown that she is not only dedicated to her own success but that of the team and the department. Thank you for selecting Ana De Oliveira as the Employee of the Month.
  • Alfonso Brown

    Alfonso Brown

    Robles Park Village
    March , 2018

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    Alfonso Brown started working for THA in 1986. He worked central warehouse specializing in carpentry repairs for vacancy prep. Recently, Alfonso responded to a unit that had caught fire on his day off and assisted with securing the unit and making necessary repairs to doors and windows in various apartments. He has been a stable support to after-hours service calls responding at all hours of the night. Today Alfonso says he appreciates the company’s focus on good health and the annual health fair. He said that he is thankful to keep working for these past 32 years. Thank you for selecting Alfonso Brown for employee of the month.

 

The Housing Authority of the City of Tampa provides equal opportunity to participates in our housing programs. Any disabled person, outlined by the American With Disabilities Act, requiring a reasonable accommodation to make this process accessible may request such by contacting (813) 341-9101


Where can I get more Help?

Assisted Housing Information:
(813) 253-0551

Public Housing Information:
(813) 341-9101


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