Mayor and Council Approve Appointment of Ann Chanecka as HCD Director

Published on February 07, 2024

Professional headshot of HCD Director Ann Chanecka

Tucson's Mayor and Council last night, Feb. 6, voted to approve the appointment of Ann Chanecka as the director of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Chanecka has been serving as HCD’s interim director since previous director Liz Morales was appointed as assistant city manager in June 2023.

Chanecka brings over 20 years of community development and urban planning experience to the director role. She has a master's in public administration from the University of Arizona and was a Peace Corps volunteer. Previously, she was a deputy director for the department, overseeing the Planning and Community Development division, Strategic Planning and Community Engagement division, and the El Pueblo Housing Development nonprofit arm.

“Congratulations to Ann Chanecka on her appointment as director of the City of Tucson Housing and Community Development Department,” said Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. “Ann has made significant contributions to implementing our Housing Affordability Strategy for Tucson (HAST), successfully bringing more Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects to Tucson, like Milagro on Oracle, the City’s first LIHTC project,” Romero said. “She is an invaluable member of the City of Tucson team, and we look forward to Ann’s leadership and commitment to working with Mayor and Council and our residents to create housing across the continuum,”

“Ann’s exemplary work has demonstrated that she is well suited to carry forward the vital work happening in HCD,” said City Manager Ortega. “It is through her leadership that we have successfully implemented current elements of the HAST plan, established the El Pueblo Housing Development nonprofit, secured the $50 million Choice Grant, and much more. The magnitude of need in our community, combined with the historic level in investment in housing projects, require a continuity and stability of leadership that Ann can provide.”

“I am thankful and sincerely honored to be appointed as the director of HCD,” Chanecka said. “HCD contributes vital and impactful work to Tucson by helping the most-vulnerable individuals and families. I will keep community and the impact our department makes at the forefront of my decision making.”

About the Housing & Community Development Department

HCD is committed to the vision of a community in which every Tucsonan has safe, quality, and affordable housing. The department has a staff of 170 employees.

HCD serves the City of Tucson as the:

  • Public Housing Authority, providing housing assistance to thousands of Tucsonans.
  • Community development agency, supporting strong communities and safe and decent living environments by funding important projects and programs in Tucson.
  • Agency to address and end homelessness in our community, through the Housing First Program, Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness, and nonprofit grantmaking. 
  • Affordable housing developer, fostering the production of affordable units through the nonprofit El Pueblo Housing Development.