The Northern Marianas Housing Corp. board of directors unanimously adopted Thursday a resolution recognizing a former director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for his untiring support and “outstanding contributions.”
Resolution No. 81 extends NMHC's appreciation to Michael S. Flores of the Honolulu Office of Public Housing, which oversees public housing agencies in Hawaii, CNMI, and Guam.
Flores, who began his career with HUD in July 1971, retired on Dec. 31, 2012, after more than 41 years of service with the agency.
Since his appointment to the director position, Flores has followed through with his commitment to public housing agencies in the Marianas, paying annual visits to NMHC and the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority as part of efforts to deliver HUD programs in the island jurisdictions.
Flores was instrumental in ensuring that NMHC utilized some of the disaster vouchers issued from Typhoon Pongsana to families affected by the eruption of Anatahan.
He was also instrumental in the conversion of 148 disaster vouchers, issued to the Commonwealth owing to typhoons Chaba and Tingting, into regular vouchers, increasing the islands' baseline voucher count from 215 to 363.
Kimo Rosario, Program and Housing Division manager of NMHC, said he was able to work closely with Flores when he first worked for the agency from 2007 to 2009.
Rosario said NMHC extends its best wishes to Flores and wish him good luck in his future endeavors.
“Without question, his leadership is definitely missed and felt by NMHC,” Rosario told Saipan Tribune.