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By Mehgaan Jones
The Clayton County Commission has selected Dorothy "Dot" Morris to fill a vacancy on the Housing Authority of Clayton County (HACC) Board of Commissioners.
Morris, a veteran licensed real estate broker, and an education instructor at Brown Mackie College in Atlanta, has lived in Jonesboro for 25 years. She is filling a seat formerly held by long-time board member, and former HACC chairman, Dr. Carlo Musso, according to a media statement issued by Chris Wood, a spokesman for the housing authority.
"It is my desire to work with the executive director, staff, and fellow commissioners at the Housing Authority, to provide quality and affordable housing for the citizens of Clayton County," said Morris. "I would like to see an increase in home ownership, especially among first-time buyers," she added.
Morris said she would like to help maintain existing service programs that are successful at the Housing Authority, such as the Housing Urgency Grant, or HUG program. According to the authority's web site, the program uses in-house funds to provide assistance to low-income homeowners needing emergency repairs to their homes.
Morris added that she would also like to assist with developing new programs for residents in need.
She brings 15 years of experience in property management and real estate investment to her new assignment, according to Wood. She also has been an instructor in professional development classes. "She will put that work experience and those professional-development skills to good use as a commissioner on the Housing Authority of Clayton County," said Wood.
Wood said Morris also has experience working with other local housing authorities in the metropolitan area, and is also chairman of the Clayton County Board of Tax Assessors, as well as a member of the Georgia Association of Realtors, and a member of the North Clayton Community Advisory Committee.
"She also has experience in public service, having been a member of the Clayton County Civil Service Board from 1995, to 1997," Wood said.