Claribel Shavers has more than 25 years of experience working in the affordable housing industry administering a multitude of HUD and other subsidy programs. Shavers’ 25-year career began at the site level of work at a local housing authority and moved on to the management and oversight of mixed-use developments with multiple layers of subsidies. She then moved to gain expertise and experience at the state level, with oversight over the Housing Choice Voucher Program, Asset Management (LIHTC, HOME, etc.), Continuum of Care and other rental assistance programs in Rhode Island. She also worked at the federal level, where she had the opportunity to be involved in one of the first few Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) conversions.
Shavers is currently working on several technical assistance (TA) projects for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These projects include offering direct TA to public housing authorities to build their capacity and knowledge for the effective administration of their public housing and/or housing choice voucher programs. She is also working with the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at HUD on innovative solutions and/or tools to educate the public on how the Fair Housing Act protects individuals with disabilities in need of accommodations when needing assistance animals.
In her previous role as Director of Leased Housing and Rental Services at RIHousing, Shavers played a key role in the roll out and administration of the Emergency Rental Assistance program, which resulted in the state of Rhode Island assisting over 20,000 families and spending over $150 million of the state’s allocation of federal funds. Prior to joining RIHousing, Shavers served as supervisory housing project manager with HUD. In that role, she had full responsibility for overseeing a skilled team of professionals that monitored the fiscal health, physical condition, capital planning, and compliance of the 25,000 units in HUD’s New England Region. She also managed the Multifamily for Tomorrow Transformation Initiative in New England and led regional promotions for the Better Building Challenge.
- Strategic, financial, and programmatic planning
- Change management
- Public speaking
- Contract administration
- Public/private partnerships
- Direct TA for the Live Oak PHA to improve capacity and provide training
- Direct TA for the King County PHA to improve their leasing and PBV program
- FHEO: Working on webinar/video to educate HUD’s clients on how to assess a person’s request to have an animal as reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act.