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Margaret Shaw removed as Austin housing director

Margaret Shaw has been removed as director of the City of Austin’s housing department by Austin City Manager  Marc Ott. SHe served as housing director for two years.

Signs of trouble for Shaw have been evident to observers for several months. Her management style clearly rankled employees within the department and some in the Austin community.

Last month the director of the City of Houston’s housing department was dismissed by Houston Mayor Annise Parker. A number of larger city housing departments have been plagued by management problems, including the housing department of the City of Dallas.

Shaw is a high energy, extremely talented housing expert and we wish her the best of luck.

Taking Shaw’s place temporarily as housing director is Assistant Director Betsy Spencer, formerly chief operations officer for the San Antonio Alternative Housing Corporation.

I started my commitment to housing justice for people and communities with low incomes in 1975 in Austin's Clarksville community. These years of working side-by-side with dedicated community leaders to find solutions to housing and community development challenges have taught me some things and I’m learning new things every day.

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