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The Housing Authority of the City of Wilmington was organized and incorporated in 1938 under the terms of the Housing Authority law of the State of North Carolina (Chapter 456, Public Laws of 1935).  It was the first Authority established in the State, and later, with the financial assistance of the United States Housing Authority, (later the Federal Public Housing Authority) it constructed and operated the first public housing developments erected in North Carolina under the terms of the 1935 Act.  A Housing Authority established pursuant to the 1935 Act is declared in the Act to be “a public body, and a body corporate and politic.”  “It exists for the primary purpose of relieving unsatisfactory housing conditions by the construction of new housing.”