Eugene Jones, the CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority, today announced that he has submitted his resignation to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The departure is effective September 27, 2019.
“Since my arrival at CHA four and a half years ago, I have been committed to meeting CHA’s goals of producing more housing and to supporting the city in its efforts to expand housing opportunities in every Chicago community,” Jones said in a statement. “I want to thank [Mayor Lightfoot] for the opportunity to stay on and serve CHA’s residents and to be a part of the larger efforts to help build and strengthen our neighborhoods.”
Jones joined the CHA in 2015 and was quickly appointed head of the organization by then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Before helming the nation’s second largest public housing agency, Jones held similar positions in Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Toronto. He has more than 35 years of service and experience in housing operations, resident services, accounting and finance, auditing, maintenance, new construction, capital construction and Housing Choice Voucher programs
“From bringing new investment to communities and forming innovative partnerships that led to the development of three co-located housing and libraries, the development of new community assets like grocery stores and recreational facilities and the settlement earlier this year of the landmark Gautreaux case, I leave knowing that the CHA is well-positioned for the future and is prepared to meet the housing needs of its residents and the communities across our city,” Jones said.