The Williamson Housing Authority was established in 1938 and is a legally created public housing authority.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds public housing through the local housing Authority. The Williamson Housing Authority was established based on enabling legislation passed in the 1937 and 1949 Housing Acts.

The Williamson Housing Authority follows rules and regulations pertaining to public housing promulgated by the U.S. Congress and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations by HUD.  Thereafter, they are implemented locally.  Public Housing is highly regulated.  As such, the Authority is implementing federal initiatives at the local level.  It is the Executive Director’s responsibility to assure that the Authority operates legally and within the established requirements, and with integrity in its daily operations.  Housing Authorities assist eligible low-income families (under the 80th percentile of median family income) in renting PHA-owned housing covered under an Annual Contributions Contract with HUD.

The local authority signs a Consolidated Annual Contributions Contract with HUD annually.  A five-member Board of Commissioners, appointed by the Mayor, has the duty to pass resolutions and policies for the governance of the Authority. Commissioners serve five-year terms as unpaid volunteers. HUD and the Executive Director keep Commissioners informed about current policies, regulations, and changes in policies that need to be made.  Commissioners hire the Executive Director who is the chief executive officer of the Authority and is charged with the day-to-day management of the housing programs of the Authority, and who executes policies adopted by the Commissioners.

Board of Commissioners
board members

Jackie Branch Chair
Judy Hamrick Vice Chair
Juanita Hook Commissioner
Michael Baldwin Commissioner
Patricia Blackmon Resident Commissioner
Resident Advisory Board