Dear picked to lead city Housing Authority

City looking to solidify operations at FMHA


FORT MADISON – A local man has been named to lead the Fort Madison Housing Authority

The Board of Commissioners of the Authority announced Wednesday that Micheal Dear has been named Executive Director.

Dear will begin his new role on December 5th.  Dear has lived in Fort Madison for the last 29 years.  He and his wife Danielle have three children: Miles, 19, Julian, 16, and  Amani, 3.

Dear has been an active part of the community.  He has coached numerous sports and has been involved with basketball skill development for area players for almost 15 years. Dear also has a background in corrections and workforce and has used these skills to help mentor youth in Fort Madison and surrounding areas. Dear also served recently on the Iowa Great Places Designation Board and the Iowa Strategic Planning Committee with the State of Iowa.

“I’m beyond grateful to return to a place where my origins started. My mother was a single mom of three boys and the FMHA provided a stable, safe environment for us. I have an innate desire to do this type of work because it changes the trajectory of people's lives.”  Dear said.

“I get to help people with stories like mine. I’m living proof of where you start does not have to be where you finish.”

Authority Board Chairwoman Rebecca Bowker said Dear will bring professionalism and leadership to the post.

“I am excited to bring Michael on as part of the Housing Authority team.” she said. “His leadership and professionalism will be a great addition to an already strong team and I look forward to working with him.

The Fort Madison Housing Authority consists of two HUD programs. The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, formerly known as Section 8,  and has 70 vouchers allocated. The Public Housing program consists of housing at Hillview that has 80 units for elderly and disabled and Ivanhoe which consists of 54 units for families in need.

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