Regional Administrator Alicka Ampry-Samuel presides over HUD’s activities in NY and NJ. Appointed in January 2022 by President Biden, Ampry-Samuel oversees over $6 billion in programs and activities across field offices in NYC, Albany, Buffalo, and Newark. Ampry-Samuel engages with stakeholders to increase the housing supply, reduce homelessness, and utilize $595 million awarded in American Rescue Plan funding. Prior to HUD, Ampry-Samuel served as a New York City Council Member and chaired the Public Housing Committee.
What led you to get involved in the real estate industry?
I grew up in public housing and understand the importance of providing families with affordable housing. I know what it means to grow up with a stable home and will do all I can to create opportunities for the next generation. We’ve seen an increase in population growth and the need to develop more housing units for families who want to remain in the neighborhoods where they were raised. It’s a labor of love.
What’s your favorite neighborhood in NYC?
My favorite neighborhood in NYC is Brownsville in Brooklyn because it’s a community that’s full of rich history and families with a strong sense of pride. I was a fourth generation Brownsville resident and heard countless stories about my community, carried down from my great-grandmother Sadie Mae who migrated to Brooklyn from North Carolina in the 1930s.
Describe a recent project you’ve enjoyed working on.
For years, I walked past empty lots imagining housing units, entertainment space, and a center for young girls. I eventually became a member of the NYC Council and helped push for a Brownsville Community Development Plan. As a result, and pushing community engagement, four empty lots will soon be home to housing for seniors, artists, families, along with a business incubator hub, restaurant, a black box theater, retail space, and the Brownsville Girls Club.