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Michael Hunter, founder and president of Hunter & Hunter Consultants, Inc., actively promotes the company’s philosophy of creating strong, healthy and viable communities through developing and implementing projects that enhance and promote business development, affordable housing, interactive education, and effective governance.
Mr. Hunter offers his clients over 25 years of experience in the affordable housing, community development and economic development arenas. Specifically, Mr. Hunter provides his clients personal, hands-on experience in marketing; project design and development; leveraging and funds acquisition; strategic planning; land acquisition; business recruitment, retention and expansion; affordable housing finance; infrastructure development and financing; proposal reviews; single family and multi-family housing construction, rehabilitation and reconstruction; developing infill projects for vacant lots; housing development design; down payment and closing cost assistance programs; elderly and special needs housing; acquisition, rehabilitation and resale of existing properties; and land banking.
Additionally, clients have access to his experience in project monitoring; construction management; performing and overseeing environmental assessments; project design; Davis-Bacon Labor Standards monitoring; federal financial reporting requirements; and organizational development and management. Under state and federal contracts, Mr. Hunter has provided technical assistance to new and existing non-profit, Community Housing Development Organizations (“CHDOs”) throughout Texas. He has helped establish new, charitable, non-profit organizations; has developed active neighborhood homeowner groups and has successfully managed non-profit organizations.
Mr. Hunter has extensive experience working on projects funded through HUD and Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Mr. Hunter managed the Community Development Block Grant Program for the City of Garland for a four-year period and, in that position, helped finance infrastructure repair, a business incubator, park development and improvement, housing and social services. While with the City of Dallas, he helped create the Housing and Neighborhood Development Department and Office of Public Affairs and redesigned the Planning and Development Department. He marketed the programs of the City of Dallas through television and radio commercials he produced and by representing the City at trade fairs. He also worked for First Southwest Company for three years, where he developed one of the first grants acquisition divisions of an investment bank in the country. In 1996, he left First Southwest Company and formed Hunter & Hunter Consultants, Inc. where he currently provides a variety of services to clients in the housing, economic development, community development and education fields. He has developed, implemented and managed housing rehabilitation and down payment and closing cost assistance programs, economic development and community enhancement projects, infill programs, single family reconstruction, new multi-family and single-family housing construction, apartment rehabilitation, energy efficiency programs and land acquisition and management programs. He has also overseen daily management of economic development corporations and housing finance corporations on a contract basis.
As a member of the Texas Rural Development Council (now known as Texas Rural Partners, Inc.), Mr. Hunter served as Secretary of the Board and chaired the Council’s Texas Resource Team committee. Under that program teams of federal, state, local and private sector experts assist rural communities by determining their development needs and identifying and designing projects to redevelop and market the communities to make them more attractive for business development, recruitment and retention. Communities that Mr. Hunter personally assisted through this program include the cities of Hearne, Linden, Winnsboro, Stephenville, Queen City, Lufkin, and Crystal City.
Mr. Hunter is also proficient in developing leveraging for a variety of types of projects. He has worked with housing finance corporations and economic development corporations to create leveraging programs for local housing and business development efforts. Examples include financing infrastructure development, interim construction financing, multi-family and single-family mortgage bond issues and the development of required matching funds for both state and locally managed federally funded programs. In homebuyer programs, he has extensive experience in working with local banks and mortgage companies in creating effective programs to assist low and very-low income families.
In addition to planning and managing projects, Mr. Hunter is proficient in training and presentations. He has made training presentations at regional meetings of the National Community Development Association, area Council of Government local official training sessions, the Texas Rural Development Council and at state-wide and regional housing and community development conferences. He has taught courses in leveraging funds, grant acquisition, grant management, strategic plan development, developing grant friendly projects, and on federal rules and regulations.
Mr. Hunter has developed strategic plans for the Texas Rural Development Council, Linden Economic Development Corporation, Cameron County Housing Finance Corporation, Tyler Community Homes, Rockwall Housing Development Corporation, and the East Center Community Development Corporation.
Mr. Hunter has designed, developed, managed or helped arrange financing for a variety of projects for its clients.
Recent projects have included:
- Acquisition, rehabilitation and resale of existing single family housing
- Development of a disaster related housing rehabilitation/reconstruction program
- Development of urban infill housing
- Development of a land banking concept and acquisition of land for a municipal housing finance corporation
- Development and management of downpayment and closing cost assistance programs in conjunction with single family mortgage revenue bond programs
- Negotiating with HUD, FannieMae, TDHCA, ORCA and USDA-RD to develop multi-agency financed programs
- Development of senior citizen, independent living complexes in both urban and rural settings
- Development of a HUD 202 Senior Housing Project in Bridgeport, Texas
- Development of a HOME funded, land acquisition program for single family development
- Design of a USDA 538 funded multi-family project for Weatherford, Texas
- Design of a USDA 515 funded project for Bridgeport, Texas
- Development of a HOME funded multi-family project for Bridgeport, Texas
- Development of a Housing Trust Fund funded multi-family project for Bridgeport, Texas
- Development of a lease-to-own single family construction and management program
- Development of a Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program for the Wise and Parker County area
- Compilation and review of housing construction methods and materials including use of alternative materials and methods and conceptual design of a model home park (East Texas)
- Design and management of first time homebuyer programs for the Garland Housing Finance Corporation, the City of Arlington; the Rio Grande Valley Multibank Corporation (Cameron County), Affordable Housing of Parker County (Parker & Wise counties), Travis County Housing Finance Corporation, and Harrison County Housing Finance Corporation, Paris Living CDC, City of Paris
- Preparation of grant and loan packages for a variety of new and existing clients
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