February 14, 2014

A Day in the Life: Community Planning and Development, Boston

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Welcome to another edition of our blog series, A Day in the Life, which will introduce you to HUD employees and highlight the important work they do.

A Day in the Life - LauraToday we meet Laura Schiffer who works as a Community Planning Development representative in the Boston Regional Office.

What is your typical day like?

There is no typical day in CPD.  Whatever you planned on accomplishing that day, never seems to quite work out.  CPD is like a box a chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.  There are cyclical things, but there is not a typical routine.

What are the overarching tasks of your position?

We work with our grantees which are states, cities and non-profits to help them administer their CPD programs.  We also have a public trust function whereby we ensure the protection of public funds and make sure that the programs are implemented in the way Congress intended them to be. I am the CPD representative for the Cities of Boston, Providence, and Fall River and numerous agencies that prevent and reduce homelessness.

How long have you been in your current role? I started working in CPD in 1996.

What is the most exciting part of your job? Seeing the people and the communities that have been changed by our programs.  There are so many success stories to tell that unfortunately people outside of our world never see.  I’m very excited around the collaboration on HUD’s Choice Neighborhood Initiative.  I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be a part of the Choice team here in New England and it is really exciting, innovative work.

What is the most challenging part of your job? Having to be an expert in many complex and ever changing programs and not having enough time to do everything that has to be done.

Where did you work prior to your position at HUD? Prior to coming to CPD, I worked in HUD’s Regional accounting division and before that I was with the Air Force Audit Agency.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back next month for a new edition of A Day in the Life!

Rhonda is Regional Public Affairs Officer in HUD’s Boston regional office.

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