Tory Gunsolley served most recently as the President and CEO of the Houston Housing Authority. Under his leadership, HHA revenue increased by over $50 million a year, the number of vouchers rose by 24% and HHA closed on over 3,500 units of housing. Tory has over 24 years of experience in policy and administration at public housing authorities. He was part of the turnaround team at the Newark NJ Housing Authority, and also held a number of positions at the Cambridge MA Housing Authority (MTW agency) and was a Chairman and Commissioner of a small housing authority in Southborough, MA.
Tory is a recognized expert in housing authority policies and regulations, including MTW, and has served on the boards of and advised on policy issues for PHA industry groups like CLPHA, PHADA, and NLHA. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and state legislative bodies, and is a sought-after public speaker and trainer. He is known as an innovator who pushes housing authorities to do more and do it better.
Development: Tory holds an experienced developer certificate from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and has conducted predevelopment, development, and close out processes. Tory has been involved in hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate transactions, buying, selling, developing land and multifamily housing. He has experience in the 4%, 9%, CDBG, CDBG-DR, and Publicity Facility Corporation programs to create affordable housing, and has created Project-Based Section 8 programs at several agencies. He has experience in property disposal through the Special Applications Center using the dispo and demo/dispo processes. Tory has experience with making portfolio repositioning decisions under both RAD and conversion processes. Tory is also a licensed real estate agent in Texas.
PHA Policy & Operations: Tory has extensive experience drafting annual and five-year plans, HCVP Admin Plan, Public Housing admissions and continuing occupancy documents and MTW plans and reports. He has created agency, departmental, and property budgets, financial and management reports, and has overseen risk management, insurance procurement, and disaster response and recovery programs. Tory has implemented tiered payment standards as a part of creating more options for voucher holders in high opportunity neighborhoods. Tory has implemented three different Energy Service Companies (ESCO), which saved agencies millions of dollars. He has experience in reengineering the business processes of PHAs and project management of the implementation of new agency-wide IT systems.
PHA Management and Long-Term Strategy: Tory has planned and conducted executive team and Board retreats and training. Tory has created implemented vision and mission statements, agency reorganization and rebranding initiatives, and managed government and public relations.
Ending Homelessness: Tory is passionate about ending homelessness. He started his career as a housing advocate for homeless shelters. He has served on a state inter-agency council to end homelessness. He served on the Houston Continuum of Care Board, including as Chair for a number of years. During his leadership, Houston ended veterans’ homelessness and reduced the total number of homeless by over 50%.
You’ll never know if you’ve reached your destination if you don’t know where you’re headed. We provide help with framing the long-term future direction for PHA’s with Boards and leadership.
Making Hard Choices
Life is full of choices. We can help you choose between them. Whether it’s RAD, selecting an IT company, site development or anything else. We’ve made the hard choices and can help you too.
Things feel upside down? Don’t know which way is up? Have no plan? We provide strategic planning and MTW plans.
Leadership can be lonely, it is often the smaller path. We provide executive coaching and mentoring to executive directors and executive staff.
Disaster Planning & Recovery
When disaster hits you want someone who has been through it and can help to get you back to normal. We’ve been there and can help.
Can’t see the forest for all the trees? Need an honest assessment of how your agency is doing with different programs? Call us.
Policies and Regulation
We’re experts at understanding HUD regulations and creating policies that make sense for you.
Interim Executive Staff
Need a interim Executive Director or other senior level position? We can fill that slot while keeping the organization running giving you time to make a permanent hire.
We can help with overall development plans and other phases of developing affordable housing.
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In addition we add value in many other ways. Contact us to see if we can help