Candye has over 15 years of experience working with both state and local governments to recover from natural disasters. She has worked with housing authorities in disaster recovery efforts following every major hurricane to hit Texas since 2005. She works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local disaster response teams to assess damage, identify community needs, and ultimately to draft the plans and implementation strategies for recovery.
Candye brings a background in FEMA disaster housing assistance, emergency food and shelter grants, and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program, and homelessness programs. She offers expertise and support to counties across the state of Texas and in the U.S. Virgin Islands with the development and implementation of recovery projects.
Candye began her disaster recovery career by establishing a 1,500-bed emergency shelter for Hurricane Katrina evacuees seeking refuge in Beaumont, Texas. In only 24 hours, Candye helped provide beds, food, clothing, medical and mental health assistance, and a plan to assess the evacuees' overall needs.
The Texas governor's office tapped Candye to write the state’s recovery plan following Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Hurricanes Ike and Dolly in 2008. Candye provided technical assistance to affected areas across the state and continued to monitor and review guidelines and timelines until the completion of the programs. Her expertise in housing recovery strengthened relationships between homeowners, landlords, developers, and housing authorities.
M.Ed., Counseling and Development, Lamar University
B.B.A., Marketing, Lamar University