The Gothenburg Housing Authority has announced the hiring of a new director. Gerri Hild of Brady is now managing the housing authority, which includes Hillcrest, Crestview Apartments and scattered site locations within the community.
The Gothenburg Housing Authority is a public housing agency that provides affordable housing for seniors and low income families. The agency also participates in the Section 8 program which offers assistance with rent for low income individuals and families.
Hild has resided in Brady with her husband Steve - a Brady native - for the past 12 years. She has two children: Dalton, 23, lives in Lincoln, and Bryleigh, 8, attends Gothenburg Public Schools.
Prior to accepting the position as the housing authority director, Hild worked at Clark Specialty Grains and was the office manager at Brand Electric until that business sold. She is also a hairdresser by trade and has a shop in Brady called Gerri Curl’s.
“I was looking for a rewarding job working with people. Here I get the opportunity to help the unfortunate and those who have trouble affording housing,” said Hild. “I love dealing with the elderly - they have amazing stories. I am definitely a people person.”
She started her new job July 1, and Hild said the biggest challenge so far has been learning all the programs and options that are available from HUD (Housing and Urban Development).
“With Covid I haven’t been able to attend any training classes so I’ve been having to learn from other directors and a lot of emails,” she explained.
The Gothenburg Housing Authority staff working with Hild include office manager Jasmine Cole, administrative assistant Nancy Christensen and maintenance supervisor Frank Meyer. Hild said she has a great crew who have been very accommodating.
Anyone interested in learning more about the housing authority’s programs and qualification guidelines can visit the office located at 810 20th Street in Gothenburg.