Commissioner Basics 101

August 12, 2024 • 9:00 – 12:00; 1:00 – 4:00

SITE:  Galveston Moody Gardens Hotel
Seven Hope Blvd., Galveston, TX 77554

ROOM BLOCK:  $155 S/D; click here to make a reservation
room block cutoff: July 19

TRAINER: Cristi LaJeunesse



A one-day class for both new and existing Commissioners on the roles and responsibilities of a PHA Board Member. Class is also recommended for Executive Directors.  Participants will go over PHA structure, organization, programs and operations, as well as federal and state compliance issues and Commissioner accountability.   Commissioner Handbooks are provided.


  • Historical Perspective of Formation of PHAs
  • Overview of Housing Programs
  • Funding
  • Budgets
  • Commissioner Qualifications and Board Composition
  • Relationships of PHA with Community and Other Entities
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Commissioners and Exec. Director
  • Controlling Documents, Contracts and Policies
    • Annual Contributions Contract
    • Required Policies
  • Board Meetings
  • Ethics and Conflict of Interest


CRISTI LAJEUNESSE began working with the Public Housing and Section 8 housing programs in 1996. In 2002 she was hired as Executive Director of the Kenedy Housing Authority, in 2006, Executive Director of the Karnes City Housing Authority and since has acquired management of Three Rivers, Smiley, Borger, Nixon, Falls City, Yoakum, Schertz and Gonzales Housing Authorities. She manages Low Rent Public Housing and Section 8 programs and is well versed in the rules and regulations governing both programs. In 1999, Cristi began consulting for other housing authorities assisting them with the transition to the new HUD reporting systems. She continues to assist with Agency Plans, PIC submissions, Low Rent and Section 8 program policy and regulations. Cristi is a Certified Public Housing Manager, Executive Section 8 Manager, Senior Public Housing Manager, Texas Certified Occupancy Professional/Public Housing, and Texas Certified Housing Administrator/Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher. Cristi joined the THA training team in summer of 2009.