Our Proud Members
Benny Rodriguez, Executive Director
Benny has worked in the field of Community Development and Affordable Housing for the past 21 years either in the public, nonprofit or private sector. He currently serves as the Executive Director of HAUCDC and is a Consultant and Real Estate Broker.
Before his current position, he held a Senior position within the Community Planning and Development Division (CPD) of the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) working out of the Houston Field office. He has served as Deputy Director for one of HUD’s most diverse affordable housing partners where he was responsible for development and implementation of all Community Development and Affordable Housing Programs and initiatives—ensuring each project was in compliance with federal, state and local regulations and/or ordinances and that the project was on time.
While at a previous employer more than $130 million in multi-family bonds were issued in the development of over 3000 rental units for very low income families. Also under his direction the Homebuyer Counseling Program he administered was expanded to be the largest provider of pre-purchase homebuyer counseling in the Houston/Galveston Area.
In the area of single family housing, more than $110 million in Mortgage Revenue Bonds were issued offering below market interest rates and down payment assistance to low- and moderate-income families. With a staff of twelve professionals, he was responsible for assisting over 100 households per year purchase their own home. When he left this employer, they administered 75% of all first-time homebuyer programs within the Houston/ Galveston area.
Benny holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Affairs (BS).
Vickie McBride, Housing Consultant
Served as the Housing Consultant for the Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) for seven (7) years where she was responsible for the operations of the Housing Department, development and implementation of the housing delivery plan, long range planning including creation of HAUCDC and grant writing.
Wrote HAUL’s first awarded Fair Housing and Outreach Initiative Grant along with HAUL’s designation as a Fair Housing Center in Houston, Texas, provide grant writing consultant services to the Harris County Constable Precinct 7 to address law enforcement issues that impact communities and neighborhoods, addressing victims of crime, gangs, truancy and terrorism.
Worked 17 years in the City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department preparing the Consolidated Plan, Citizen Participation Plan and first Fair Housing Plan and Homeless Study.
Women’s Research and Educational Institute Congressional Fellow, U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee, Washington, D.C. Low – Income and Housing Program Specialization
2009 Ph.D. graduate of the Accredited Urban Planning and Environmental Policy Program of Texas Southern University. Her research provided an analysis of the experiences and demographics of Contract for Deed homebuyers.
Graduate of the National Grantsmanship Training Institute and LEADERSHIP TEXAS.
Curtis Wilson Jr,
Curtis Wilson brings experience in project and financial management, and real estate rehabilitation/preservation and acquisition to the position of Projects Manager for HAUCDC.
With nearly 20 years of experience in the housing arena, Curtis has served with numerous non-profit housing enterprises and supervised both multifamily and single-family housing development and infrastructure improvement. He also has worked on several private sector projects that partnered with non-profits.
Among the non-profits where he coordinated project and/or business development include Avenue Community Development Corporation, the Neighborhood Recovery Community Development Corporation, the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County and The Mental Health America Center for Supportive Housing. He is skilled in grant production, budget analysis and research.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Urban Planning from Prairie View A&M University and a master’s degree in Transportation Planning and Management.
Ruby joined the Houston Area Urban CDC in October 2016 and has provided administrative support to the staff and board of the organization. She oversees scheduling and tracks the progress and results of current projects and prepares reports. Ruby performs bookkeeping duties, reviewing invoices and processing payments. She is the administrative support for real estate property ownership and landlord/tenant relations. She also attends meetings and prepares Board of Directors meeting minutes. As an experienced administrative assistant Ruby has served in that capacity for a number of clients in both the construction and financial services industries.