Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

Bob Pulster, Associate Director at the Department of Housing and Community Development, has accepted a job with the Federal Interagency Council on Homelessness.  DHCD will be naming an interim director and starting their search immediately for a new division director.  Bob has worked hard in a very difficult position at a very difficult time. Speaking on behalf of Homes for Families, we wish him the best in his new position and thank him for always being kind to the families he met and for supporting the work of HFF and our community. Managing the homelessness system during a recession is no easy task; we look forward to new leadership and energy to continue to move the system forward and over this crisis.

Congratulations Mr. Pulster, your hard work and commitment to improving the lives of our state’s most vulnerable families is appreciated, the Federal Interagency Council is lucky to have you!

Below is Mr. Pulster’s resignation letter and below that is Undersecretary Gornstein’s announcement:

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 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

Undersecretary Gornstein:

Dear DHCD Staff:

I want to take this opportunity to let you know that Bob Pulster has been offered and has accepted a job with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.  This is a tremendous honor for Bob, as it is recognition of the knowledge, dedication and passion that Bob has brought to his position as Associate Director for the Division of Housing Stabilization.  It is also recognition that Massachusetts has become  a national leader in transforming how homeless programs are designed and administered.  Bob has led this transformation since the transfer of the programs from DTA to DHCD in 2009.

I also want to acknowledge the extraordinary contribution that Bob has made to DHCD and to the Patrick-Murray Administration.  His commitment, compassion, and good counsel have helped me immeasurably as we continue to implement critical reforms and initiatives in the area of homelessness.

Bob’s last day with the Department will be November 2nd.   We will be naming an Acting Associate Director within the next two weeks and will begin an immediate search for a new Associate Director.

I know you will join me in thanking Bob for his public service and leadership at DHCD and in wishing him well at his next exciting opportunity at the Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. ~Kongzi

Wishing you well, Bob!


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