DHS – Bob Pulster Moving on to the US Interagency Council

October 13, 2012

Dear friends and colleagues,

As you most likely have already heard,  I am writing to inform you that I have accepted an offer to serve with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.  I have resigned from my position as Associate Director of the Division of Housing Stabilization and my last official day will be Friday, November 2nd.  As a Regional Coordinator I will join the USICH team to support communities around the country to strategize on our shared mission to prevent and end homelessness.  So, while I am leaving state service I will still be working alongside you on the federal level and I hope to continue to be a partner in helping you to develop new resources and new relationships

It has been five years that I have worked within the Administration and I cannot say enough to honor the commitment of the staff of the Division of Housing Stabilization and DHCD.  They are tireless in their efforts to meet the daily challenges of working to help families and individuals — whether they are in the field helping families on a case by case basis or working in our central office to implement programs, manage technology, gather data, provide fiscal oversight, or assist in the everyday task of solving a myriad of complex challenges.  I deeply respect their noble commitment and appreciate their unwavering support during a period of transition and transformation.

You have also demonstrated diligent and indefatigable work as so many of you have stepped up to innovate and implement new approaches in the community that benefit those we serve.  Your leadership and determination in communities across the Commonwealth has made and continues to make a difference in demonstrating how we can and must do better to respond to homelessness and housing instability.  You are the local heroes in our vigorous efforts to combat homelessness and I will always appreciate  your tremendous and unflagging support.

Finally, I am grateful to the Patrick Murray Administration for allowing me the honor to serve in the Administration.  I have been privileged to work at DHCD under the leadership of Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein and Chief of Staff Steven Carvalho who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment and unstinting energy to sustain the efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our EA statewide meeting on October 26th.    I am pleased to share a statement (see below) that was delivered yesterday to all DHCD staff by Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein.  And finally, if you would like to learn more about the USICH,  please go  www.usich.gov.

Thank you for everything. Bob

Robert Pulster

Associate Director

Division of Housing Stabilization

Department of Housing and Community Development

www.mass.gov/dhcd

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