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Chicago Mayor Johnson Names Head of Housing Department

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson announced the appointment of Lissette Castañeda to serve as Department of Housing (DOH) commissioner. Castañeda has two decades of experience in affordable housing development, housing services and organizational leadership.

She will be responsible for streamlining the affordable housing development process to support Johnson’s recent executive order. Castañeda has served as the Executive Director for LUCHA, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-approved housing counseling agency, as well as a Community Housing Development Organization since 2019. She also has served on Palenque LSNA, Chicago Housing Trust, Illinois Housing Council and the Chicago Rehab Network.

“I firmly believe that housing is a human right,” said Johnson. “Lissette has the expertise and the experience to make that right a reality for all Chicagoans. I look forward to working with her to ensure that everyone in our city has access to affordable housing and homeownership opportunities in their communities.”


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