As Acting Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority, Kate Bennett oversees public housing and housing choice voucher programs that provide affordable housing for about 50,000 people both in and around the City of Boston. She also spearheads redevelopment activities currently underway at several BHA developments, such as the Choice Neighborhoods revitalization at the Whittier Street public housing development in Roxbury, the redevelopment of Orient Heights in East Boston and at the Bunker Hill development in Charlestown.
In her tenure at BHA, she has been instrumental in implementing several strategic initiatives for the Authority and its portfolio of more than 23,000 public housing and Section 8 units, including:
- More than $2 billion in redevelopment initiatives and capital upgrades
- Creation of an asset management division to ensure long-term preservation of deeply affordable units
- Development of the BHA’s green, healthy housing and sustainability programs
- Expansion of resident empowerment and self-sufficiency initiatives
Kate has worked in affordable housing development, policy and planning for more than 25 years, with a particular focus on public housing revitalization. She holds a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to coming to the BHA, she managed affordable housing programs for the City of Chelsea and the City of Newton.
Kate lives in Roslindale with her family.