Self-Help exec named to DHA board

Dec. 22, 2013 @ 05:59 PM

City Council members have filled another vacancy on the Durham Housing Authority’s board, this time with an executive from the Self-Help credit union.
The slot went Thursday to Kimberly Cameron, who is Self-Help’s director of real estate.
She got the nod over a field of applicants that included recent City Council candidate and former County Commissioner Pam Karriker. The vote was 6-1, the one being Mayor Bill Bell, who voted for Karriker.
Cameron will replace former DHA board member David Haley.
The decision followed by about a month a 5-1 vote to make Larry Yon, a board member of the UDI Community Development Corp., the replacement for longtime DHA board member and former City Councilman Ike Robinson.
The Yon appointment came over a dissenting vote from Councilwoman Cora Cole-McFadden, who would have named to Robinson’s seat former Durham Affordable Housing Coalition staffer Lanea Foster.
Cole-McFadden this time around opted to support Cameron rather than Foster, a protégé who remained in the pool of eligible applicants.
Cameron is a relative newcomer to Durham, her application indicating she was a player in Atlanta’s affordable-housing arena as recently as 2012. She served for about five years on the board of DeKalb County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter.
“She has exceptional qualifications for the development work the housing authority is embarking upon” because of federal budget-cutting that’s made the upkeep of existing public housing more difficult, said Councilman Steve Schewel.
The council had “a really close call” to make between Cameron, Karriker, Southside activist Ray Eurquhart and N.C. Central University administrator Carlos McCall, added Schewel, who’s the city’s liaison to DHA.
All told, eight people put in applications for Haley’s former slot.