The Omaha Housing Authority searched nationally, and chose locally, for its new chief executive officer: Joanie Poore.

The authority’s board voted unanimously Monday to hire Poore. She is vice president of the local social services nonprofit Heartland Family Service. She’ll be paid $155,000 a year to lead the federally funded Omaha Housing Authority.

The housing authority, which has an annual budget of $57.7 million, serves more than 7,000 families through public housing and rental vouchers.

Poore starts June 3. She replaces interim CEO Christine Johnson, who filled in after Judith Carlin stepped down as the OHA leader in October.

Poore has more than 20 years of experience working for Omaha-area nonprofits. She has worked at Heartland Family Service since 2004. She oversaw Heartland’s community-based programs focused on preventing and ending homelessness, supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and preparing refugee children for school, according to the nonprofit’s website.

“Ultimately, we were most impressed by Ms. Poore’s focus on people and culture building, her proven leadership, and her track record of success serving this community,” David Levy, chairman of the OHA board, said in a prepared statement. “She brings us a powerful and proactive combination of caring, insight and expertise — exactly what’s needed to lead Omaha Housing Authority into the future.”

Chris Burbach covers the Douglas County Board, Planning Board and other local government bodies, as well as local neighborhood issues. Follow him on Twitter @chrisburbach. Phone: 402-444-1057.

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