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Establishment and Duties

This Authority was established by the Board of County Commissioners through adoption of Escambia County Ordinance No. 80-12 in accordance with Florida Finance Authority Law, Chapter 78-89, Laws of Florida, codified as Chapter 159, Part IV, Section 159-601 through Section 159.623, Florida Statutes. Accordingly, the purpose of this Authority is to eliminate shortages of adequate housing, stop reoccurrence of slum conditions and stimulate employment and commerce.  

Eligibility Criteria and Composition

The Authority is composed of five (5) members; three (3) of who must be knowledgeable in the area of labor, finance or commerce. 


The terms of the members for the initial members shall be as follows: two (2) members shall serve a term of one year; one (1) member shall service a term of two years; one (1) member shall serve a term of three years; and one (1) member shall serve a term of four years. Subsequent appointments shall be for four- year terms. Vacancies shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term.

Financial disclosure required. 


  • Robert "Bob" Ward
    Term of Office: 8/01/96 - 7/31/2024

  • Frederick J. Gant
    Term of Office: 4/05/18 - 7/31/2025

  • Shirley Henderson
    Term of Office: 8/01/19 - 7/31/2027

  • Robert C. Maloy
    Term of Office: 8/01/10 - 7/31/2026

  • Sandra Ward
    Term of Office: 8/01/95 - 7/31/2027


  • Fran Jones, Director of Housing Finance Authority
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