As Senior Technical Assistance Expert, Dawkins Hodges is responsible for the implementation, management, coordination, and delivery of technical assistance (TA) for several programs. Community Compass is a “cross-program” approach developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) intended to help grantees improve their management systems and capacity to successfully carry out comprehensive and sustainable “place-based” development and revitalization strategies, sometimes including TA. Dawkins provides TA to city and state officials that manage HUD programs and provides assistance to NALCAB members and other asset builders through economic development and rural programs.
Dawkins has over 30 years’ experience in community development with a focus on design and delivery of programs for homeownership and rehabilitation of single-family properties. His career in housing and community development has produced 1,650 first-time low- and moderate-income homeowners, 900 rehabilitated houses and 125 YouthBuild graduates creating over $350 million in economic and community impact. He has administered CHDO, HOME, CDBG, HOPWA and state programs in Florida, California and North Carolina as a contractor or subrecipient. Hodges has assisted over 60 municipalities and nonprofit grantees and subrecipients using HUD programs.
Dawkins has a certificate from Harvard University for the Executive Education program Achieving Excellence in Community Development, and holds the HUD certificate HOME Specialist—Regulations. He has a Master’s degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary, a Bachelor’s degree from N.C. Wesleyan College and an Associate’s degree from Haywood Community College. He works from Los Angeles. In 2012, he led a small crew to Bangladesh to help build ten houses with Habitat for Humanity in the country where he previously worked for five years in community development helping to move people out of extreme poverty.