Richard J. Monocchio Sworn In as PIH Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

HUD announced on May 22 the swearing in of Richard J. Monocchio as the principal deputy assistant secretary of the agency’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH). In a separate announcement, PIH General Deputy Assistant Secretary Dominque Blom welcomed Mr. Monocchio, remarking that he “brings deep expertise and knowledge of the work of PIH and most importantly, he cares deeply about connecting people to their communities and connecting communities to opportunities. With decades of public service, PDAS Monocchio is passionate about building community around the strengths and needs of residents. Through his leadership, dozens of recreational, educational, and vocational programs have been implemented to serve families and children in assisted housing.” 

Mr. Monocchio most recently served as executive director of the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) in Illinois. Prior to that, he served as first deputy housing commissioner and as building commissioner for the City of Chicago, worked at HUD during the Clinton administration, and served as senior advisor to the late U.S. Representative George E. Sangmeister from 1989 to 1994.

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Information about PIH programs is available in Chapter 4 of NLIHC’s 2023 Advocates’ Guide.