Cathy Pennington was appointed Executive Vice President for Leased Housing in March 2013. She is responsible for all Section 8 voucher and other operations in the Leased Housing Department, which administers NYCHA’s federally funded Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program. NYCHA’s Section 8 Program, the largest in the nation, provides rental subsidies for over 232,000 Section 8 tenants who rent private housing apartments from more than 30,000 landlords in the five boroughs, or apartments at one of NYCHA’s 21 city- and state-built developments.
Prior to joining NYCHA, Ms. Pennington has had extensive Section 8 Program leadership and management experience. Most recently, she led the Section 8 Program for the Newark Housing Authority and prior to that for the Chicago Housing Authority, both while employed at Quadel Consulting Corporation. While employed at the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, in Cleveland, Ohio, she served as Director of the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Ms. Pennington went on to serve as Deputy Executive Director for the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, the sixth largest in the nation. Ms. Pennington’s public and affordable housing experience also includes serving for nine years as Director of Housing and Family Services at the Cleveland Housing Network, Inc., where her responsibilities included administrative oversight of all facets of property management.
Ms. Pennington holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Cleveland State University, and a Master of Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She is presently serving as a Board Member of the National Leased Housing Association and has served as a Board Member of numerous professional and affordable housing organizations.