HUD classifies a small housing authority as one who administers less than 500 units. Taylor Housing Authority (THA) is classified as small because we administer 209 housing choice vouchers and manage 43 public housing units, for a total of 252.
THA may be classified as small, but it is a BIG job to administer these programs with a small staff of four and limited financial resources. However, we are fortunate because there many other public housing authorities (PHA’s) with even fewer units and fewer resources. In Texas there are over 400 PHA’s with some of the smaller ones having less than 50 units total!
THA is currently working to bring back the Avery apartments. The Avery apartments were flooded in 2015 and we are in the process of redeveloping them. We have obtained approval from HUD to demolish and redevelopment them. It may seem like a small task, but there are many things involved. Across the country, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is encouraging PHA’s to consider redevelopment under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Under this program, PHA’s terminated their contracts with HUD, apply for vouchers for the families who live in them and redevelop the properties with other funding. Yes, it seems like a great idea, but we are expected to do this on our own! More coming soon on small PHA challenges.