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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2009 Archives > March 2009 > Mayor Announces New Director of Housing

Mayor Announces New Director of Housing

Contact: Peter K. Cutler
              851-5841

New appointment will work with City of Buffalo and Neighborhood Stabilization Office

As part of his continuing effort to develop and implement affordable housing programs throughout the City of Buffalo, Mayor Byron W. Brown has announced a new Director of Housing, Yvonne C. McCray, to begin work in the Department of Strategic Planning. 

“As my choice for Director of Housing, I searched for someone who has extensive experience and knowledge of the various housing needs within our community,” said Mayor Brown.  “I am certain that, given her knowledge and experience, Yvonne McCray will help to continue the progress being made with our many housing programs and plans, and I am pleased to welcome her to my Administration.”  
Yvonne McCray’s career has been largely spent working in non profit, community-based organizations such as Fillmore Leroy Area Residents Inc., where she served as Executive Director since June 2003.  McCray’s work at FLARE included daily operations of housing and human services programs, as well as oversight of Community Housing Development Organization activities.

Concurrent with her time at FLARE, Yvonne also served as Executive Director of Citizens Alliance Inc.  A large part of her work with this organization dealt with neighborhood preservation programs for the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal’s Delevan Grider Service Area.

“As we continue to move Buffalo forward, it is important that we have a skilled, experienced staff member who will contribute to the development and implementation of housing programs for our residents,” said Mayor Brown.  “In addition to that, Ms. McCray will serve an important role in administering existing rehabilitation programs using federal and state grant awards. She will also be a great asset to us in our work with local developers to expand housing choices in the city.”