Albemarle City Manager Michael Ferris has appointed Dr. Kim L. Scott as the city’s Director of Public Housing. Scott will assume his new role on January 18.
Raised in Albemarle, Scott began his professional career in the Albemarle finance department as a tax clerk. Later, Scott served as Resident Services Coordinator for the Department of Housing. He wrote several grants that led to funding for improvements to all housing units as well as the establishment of the Amhurst Gardens Family Life Center.
Scott has also developed, implemented and managed several youth and adult education programs, managed the Residents’ Council and created a community newsletter.
Scott was employed by the Charlotte Housing Authority as the HOPE VI Resident Services Coordinator. He was responsible for the development of family self-sufficiency programs and facility management in the First Ward, Dalton Village and Fair View Homes Housing communities in Charlotte.
“Accepting the role of Director of Public Housing for the Town of Albemarle at this time is an opportunity to touch, challenge and change the lives of diverse people and their families through programs and events that lead to self-sufficiency,” Scott said.
In his new role, Scott plans to help and advocate for housing residents to access intensive comprehensive family services including health care, mental health services, youth development programs , childcare and literacy. Additionally, Scott will work to promote formal job training and employability skills that lead to work placement, including entrepreneurship.
“As residents experience self-sufficiency, they will inject resources back into our community to support the vision of success and growth for the 21st century and beyond,” Scott said.
For the past 20 years, Scott has worked in the educational management industry as a teacher, vice president of operations and academic dean at the college level, and K-12 school administrator at schools in for-profit, public and chartered.
He has an associate’s degree in commercial computer programming from Stanly Community College, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lee University (East Coast Bible College); a master’s degree in adult education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; and a doctorate in education/pedagogical leadership from the University of
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Scott join our City team,” said City Manager Michael Ferris. “I had the privilege of working with him during his previous term at the City. I know him to be extremely professional, hard-working and conscientious. Dr. Scott will be a valuable part of our city leadership team and a tremendous asset to those we serve.
Scott is passionate about transforming lives through community collaboration, developing a strong community culture, and clear process standards and expectations to maximize operational efficiency. He is excited to combine his experience in the education management industry to strengthen the basic foundations of management that the city and its leadership team have built.
Scott’s long-term ambition is to transform public housing into healthy, mixed-income, equitable, affordable and sustainable communities.
“The Town of Albemarle and its people are experiencing growth and change that will improve the lives of all of its residents, and I want to be a part of that change. Thank you for this opportunity to serve the Town of Albemarle,” Scott said.
The town of Albemarle operates a housing scheme consisting of 333 Section 8 vouchers as well as 200 apartments. The apartments are spread over two sites in Albemarle, Amhurst Gardens and Elizabeth Heights. Amhurst Gardens has 150 units ranging in size from one-bedroom to five-bedroom units. Elizabeth Heights has 50 one-bedroom units for seniors and people with disabilities.