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GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday signed  Executive Order No. 2020-21 separating the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. from the Commonwealth Development Authority.

Prior to the executive order, NMHC was a subsidiary of CDA. EO 94-3, which took effect on Aug. 23, 1994, abolished the Mariana Islands Housing Authority and transferred its functions to the CDA Division of Housing. Public Law 20-87 transformed MIHA into NMHC, which is in charge of meeting “the need for decent, safe, and sanitary housing for persons of low and moderate income.”

Torres’ EO 2020-21 rescinds EO 94-3, noting the increase in NMHC responsibilities to manage and coordinate the federal Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program, which aims to support the long-term recovery needs of the Commonwealth following Super Typhoon Yutu.

For this endeavor, the governor said, “the diligent focus of a singular board for the organization is warranted.”

EO 2022-21 states that CDA and NMHC serve distinct and “often conflicting” roles and would function best separately. CDA, acknowledging NMHC’s ability to function independently and manage its own operations, encouraged such separation, the EO added.

The EO allows for the organization of NMHC’s own board of directors. However, “until such time that all positions of NMHC board of directors are appointed and confirmed,” NMHC will continue to be under the direction of the CDA board. Upon the organization of NMHC board, “the authority of CDA over NMHC shall cease,” the EO added.

In addition, the EO stated that the unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations, allotments, or other funds available for NMHC on the effective date of the order “shall remain available to NMHC, as well as all the records and property, and all administrative personnel.”

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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