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WILMINGTON HOUSING AUTHORITY PREPARES TO OPEN SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM WAITING LIST FOR FIRST TIME IN NEARLY THREE YEARS

Wilmington, NC July 25, 2014

 

The Wilmington Housing Authority announces it will be accepting applications for its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program Waiting List for the first time in nearly three years.   Beginning Monday, July 28, 2014, applications will be available to those interested in applying to be placed on the Section 8 Waiting List.  Applications are available at numerous places throughout New Hanover County including WHA’s website HERE, all our Public Housing developments and the WHA central office.  For a complete list of where applications are available, please refer to the WHA website. 

Applicants are reminded that no applications will be accepted at any Wilmington Housing Authority office.  All applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than August 15, 2014.  Only 2014 Applications will be accepted.  Applications will be selected by way of a lottery system.  As such, order of receipt has no bearing on whether an application will be selected for the waiting list.  The lottery will be held August 29, 2014 at WHA’s central offices.   Applicants need not attend the lottery as they will be notified in writing if they have been placed on the waiting list. 

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.


 

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Contact: G. Vernice Hamilton, Interim CEO
Telephone: 910-341-7700


RE: WHA Announces Press Conference with new CEO Katrina H. Redmon


The Wilmington Housing Authority will be holding a press conference on July 10, 2014 from
2:00 p.m. – 2: 30 p.m. at WHA’s Central Offices, 1524 South 16th Street, Wilmington, NC.


WHA’s newly appointed Katrina Redmon will be available at the conference to take questions regarding her new position as CEO of The Wilmington Housing Authority.


Wilmington Housing Authority Board of Commissioners announced Katrina Redmon as the new Chief Executive Officer on June 9, 2014. Mrs. Redmon will begin her position fulltime on August 4, 2014.


 

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Contact: G. Vernice Hamilton, Interim CEO
Telephone: 910-341-7700

RE: Message from the new CEO of Wilmington Housing Authority


My appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) is both thrilling and a tremendous opportunity. As I look forward to my new position, I want to thank my colleagues at the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem for their support. Together, we improved, grew and developed community housing, redefining urban development.

As I begin my new responsibilities, I am committed to building upon the WHA’s excellent reputation and strengths, and to provide our residents and the City of Wilmington with the high quality services and solutions they deserve.

Katrina Redmon


 

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Wilmington Housing Authority (“WHA”) Names Chief Executive Officer - Download HERE


 

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WHA Press Release Crime Statistics - Download HERE



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Contact: G. Vernice Hamilton, Interim CEO
Telephone: 910-341-7700


RE: National Contest “What a Home Means to Me”


“What a Home Means to Me” is a national poster contest to celebrate Housing America. The contest is open to children ages elementary to high school who reside in affordable housing supported by a NAHRO member Authority.


Wilmington Housing Authority will submit up to three honorees in each of the age categories for entry in the national competition. Winning honorees will have their poster displayed in the “What a Home Means to Me” calendar that is sold nationally.


National honorees will receive U.S. Savings Bonds: $100 bonds for each of the 12 national honorees and a $500 bond for the national Grand Prize honoree.


To enter the contest, please pick up information at WHA Central Offices or the Property Management Office at any of our sites. Deadline for entries to be submitted to WHA is May 15, 2014.


 


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Contact: G. Vernice Hamilton, Interim CEO
Telephone: 910-341-7700


RE: Wilmington Housing Authority (“WHA”) Public Input Request for CEO Candidates


The Wilmington Housing Authority Board of Commissioners are in the final stage of selecting the next Chief Executive Officer and are asking for the public’s help. WHA believes the people of Wilmington should have a part in selecting someone for this position and are asking for the public to submit any interview questions they would like to see answered by the candidate. While WHA feels confidentiality is of utmost importance it also knows it is equally important for the community to have a voice.
Anyone with questions can submit them to CEOsearch@wha.net, WHA website at www.wha.net or drop off questions to Central Office, 1524 S 16th Street or any of the WHA Property Management Offices. Questions delivered to any of the locations must be in a sealed envelope addressed to G. Vernice Hamilton. Questions submitted will be reviewed and feedback given.


 

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Contact: G. Vernice Hamilton, Interim CEO
Company Name: Wilmington Housing Authority

Telephone Number: (910) 341-7700 ext. 227
v.hamilton@wha.net


Wilmington Housing Authority invitation to roundtable discussion with registered news media

The Wilmington Housing Authority “WHA” Board Chairman, Jeffrey G. Hovis and Interim CEO, G. Vernice Hamilton will be holding a roundtable discussion with registered news media for the purpose of gathering suggestions to better meet the need for information.


Wilmington Housing Authority has always believed in full transparency and is asking representatives from the media to sit down and take part in a discussion on how they feel Wilmington Housing Authority can improve in the area of sharing public information.


Date: April, 14, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Wilmington Housing Authority Executive Conference Room 1524 S. 16th Street

 

 


 

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Contact: G. Vernice Hamilton, Interim CEO
Telephone: 910-341-7700


RE: Wilmington Housing Authority (“WHA”) and Ann Powers Smith Limited Partnership agree to terms


The Board of Commissioners of the Wilmington Housing Authority (“WHA”) have reviewed and agreed to the terms provided by Marshall, Williams & Gorham, LLP, attorneys for Ann Powers Smith Limited Partnership. On April 1, 2014 Wilmington Housing Authority made a principal payment in the amount of $150,000 along with an interest payment in the amount of $10,781. Additionally it has been agreed by both parties to extend the loan for seven years. Wilmington Housing Authority will have the right to prepay the loan in whole or in part at any time without penalty.


In 2004 Wilmington Housing Authority entered into an agreement with Ann Powers Smith Limited Partnership to purchase a 46-acre piece of land near the Creekwood housing development for $1.2 million.


Wilmington Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will be discussing viable options for the property at future Acquisitions, Renovation & Development Committee meetings.

 

 


 

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Contact: G. Vernice Hamilton, Interim CEO
Telephone: 910-341-7700


WILMINGTON CHOICE NEIGHBORHOODS ASKS FOR COMMUNITY INPUT


Wilmington Housing Authority partners with The City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and Community Leaders in their quest to receive a Choice Neighborhoods Grant in the amount of $30 million to revitalize the Southside.


Choice Neighborhoods Initiative promotes the transformation of impoverished areas into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods with access to economic opportunities. Choice Neighborhoods focuses on the public and private sectors working together to revitalize severely distressed public housing and generate investments in well-functioning services, effective schools, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs.


As we move towards implementation, the voice of the Community is crucial for success and we are asking for your input.


To share your input:


Choice email: choice@wha.net
Choice Neighborhood Survey:


https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DJC7SQ6
If you live in the Choice Neighborhood Zone … bounded by 3rd St. to 17th St., Castle St. to Martin St.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H6JPMVR

For residents of Greater Wilmington & beyond to offer their thoughts on Choice Neighborhoods / Revitalizing the SouthSide.

 

 


 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: G. Vernice Hamilton, Interim CEO
Telephone: 910-341-7700


WILMINGTON CHOICE NEIGHBORHOODS ASKS FOR PUBLIC INPUT


The Wilmington Housing Authority Board of Commissioners is in the process of finding the Authority’s next Chief Executive Officer and believes it is paramount the community has a hand in the process.


The Wilmington Housing Authority Board of Commissioners is asking the public’s opinion on what attributes they feel the ideal candidate should possess.


Please email your input to CEOsearch@wha.net.

 


 

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Wilmington Housing Authority Awarded Vouchers to Assist Homeless Veterans

Wilmington, NC – August 22, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  (VA) awarded 15 vouchers to the Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) to assist homeless veterans through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program. This is in addition to the 40 vouchers WHA already administers under this program.

WHA CEO Michael Krause stated, “The HUD-VASH vouchers have proven to be a key component of not only providing housing to our country’s veterans, but also to assure they receive the services needed to successfully maintain permanent homes. These vouchers are making a significant impact on the veteran homelessness in New Hanover County.”

A joint news release by HUD and the VA stated, “The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that the VA Medical Center (VAMC) staff provides. Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico.”

“These vouchers represent an additional $94,000 in rental assistance that will be paid to landlords in this community. Not only does this program help veterans, but it helps our local economy,” commented Mr. Krause.

If you know of a homeless veteran, please have them contact the Fayetteville VAMC, Wilmington Community-Based Outreach Clinic to see if they are eligible for this program.

 


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Wilmington Housing Authority receives Low Income Housing Tax Credit Awared from North Carolina Housing and Finance Agency (NCHFA).

Wilmington, NC -- August 16, 2013 – The Wilmington Housing Authority, through its nonprofit development company, Housing and Economic Opportunities, Inc. has received a tax credit award that should yield approximately $6.5 million in tax credit equity to fund the renovation of 77 apartments at its Rankin Terrace public housing community as well as fund the new construction of a community resource center and management office.

Due to the present state of the Housing and Finance markets, the tax credit award is expected to net WHA approximately $6.5 million in construction funds. Gap financing will be provided by the Wilmington Housing Authority and an additional loan from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. Construction is expected to begin in late spring of 2014. The project will be accomplished in phases so as to minimally disrupt the community.

WHA Chairperson Jeff Hovis says, “Once again, the Wilmington Housing Authority has successfully secured a competitive funding award so that it can enhance the quality of its affordable housing options for the citizens of Wilmington and New Hanover County.” "These funds will breathe new life into Rankin Terrace and the entire northside of the city of Wilmington", says WHA Chief Executive Officer, Michael J. Krause. “This award allows us to modernize an aging but otherwise viable property, replace deteriorating infrastructure, and build to modern code standards.”

About the Wilmington Housing Authority:
The Wilmington Housing Authority was established in 1937. The housing authority houses approximately 6,000 individuals. Prior projects initiated by WHA include 130 single family homes at Sunset South, 48 units of affordable family housing at The Pointe at Taylor Estates, 96 affordable apartments at Robert R. Taylor Senior Homes, and 48 townhomes at New Brooklyn Homes at Taylor Estates and the complete renovation of Creekwood South.


 

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**************PUBLIC HOUSING WAITING LIST IS CLOSING*************
AT HOUSTON MOORE

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF
WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

 

Effective August 29, 2013, the Wilmington Housing Authority will no longer be accepting applications for public housing residency.

 

 


 

WILMINGTON HOUSING AUTHORITY PREPARES TO OPEN SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM WAITING LIST FOR FIRST TIME IN OVER THREE YEARS

Wilmington, NC December 2, 2011

The Wilmington Housing Authority announces it will be accepting applications for its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program Waiting List for the first time in over three years.   Beginning Monday, December 5, 2011, applications will be available to those interested in applying to be placed on the Section 8 Waiting List.  Applications are available at numerous places throughout New Hanover County including WHA’s website at www.wha.net and its central offices.  For a complete list of where applications are available, please refer again to the WHA’s website. 

Applicants are reminded that no applications will be accepted at any Wilmington Housing Authority office.  All applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than December 24, 2011.  Applications will be selected by way of a lottery system.  As such, order of receipt has no bearing on whether an application will be selected for the waiting list.  The lottery will be held in early January 2012 at WHA’s central offices.   Applicants need not attend the lottery as they will be notified in writing whether or not they have been placed on the waiting list. 

Michael Krause, Chief Executive Officer of the Wilmington Housing Authority, says,  “We are excited to again open our Section 8 Waiting List so that we can continue to further our mission by providing more affordable housing options to families in need.  We have developed an application process that affords every interested applicant the opportunity to apply by mail only.  By randomly selecting the applications received for placement on the waiting lists, we are assured that the process is equitable.” 

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.


 

Wilmington Housing Authority Wins Nearly $250,000
Emergency Safety & Security Funds HUD Grant


The Wilmington, NC Housing Authority has been awarded $248,243 in competitive grant funds by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Wilmington, NC – September 23, 2010 -- 438 Wilmington families will enjoy increased security as a result of an award of competitive funds to the Wilmington Housing Authority.  Nearly a quarter of a million dollars will be spent to install video surveillance systems in the Houston Moore, Rankin Place Terrace, and Creekwood South neighborhoods.


Emergency Safety & Security Funds are eligible for use in combating rising crime rates and drug related criminal activity in public housing developments.  While the Housing Authority has a variety of systems in place to deter crime, such as a $158,000/year contract with the Wilmington Police Department for supplemental security services, the lack of a comprehensive video surveillance system in these neighborhoods has proven a significant obstacle in the efforts of both agencies.


Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says, “We were happy to assist the Housing Authority with its grant application and look forward to the installation of technology that is proven to both prevent crimes and help identify and capture those within our population who exhibit gross disregard for our laws and law enforcement officers.”  "In addition to serving as a deterrent of major crimes, these camera systems will help minimize nuisance crimes that may prevent residents from enjoying an otherwise peaceful neighborhood", says WHA Chief Executive Officer, Michael J. Krause. 


About the Wilmington Housing Authority:
The Wilmington Housing Authority was established in 1937.  In addition to providing housing for 977 families in apartments directly owned and managed by the Housing Authority, an additional 244 units of affordable rental units are provided through various partnerships.  As well, the Housing Authority is currently overseeing the construction of 63 affordable apartments and houses.  Additionally, the Authority administers 1,823 Housing Choice Vouchers to ensure affordability of privately owned and managed rental units.


Contact:


http://www.wha.net

 

 


 

"Wilmington Housing Authority Receives $13.0 Million Tax Credit Award "

The Wilmington, NC Housing Authority has been awarded $13,000,000 in federal low income housing tax credits by the North Carolina Housing and Finance Agency (NCHFA).


Wilmington, NC -- August 16, 2010 -- 138 Wilmington families will enjoy living in a newly renovated public housing community to be modernized with proceeds from a $13.0 million tax credit award. Sixty apartments have already received substantial interior renovations at the housing complex with funding provided through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The tax credit award represents the maximum award allowed and the largest single tax credit grant awarded in North Carolina this year.


Due to the present state of the Housing and Finance markets, the tax credit award is expected to net WHA approximately $9.1 million in construction funds. Gap financing will be provided by the Wilmington Housing Authority and an additional loan from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. Construction is expected to begin in 2011. The project will be accomplished in phases so as to minimally disrupt the community.


WHA Chairperson Debra Hays says, “Once again, the Wilmington Housing Authority has proven a formidable player when it comes to securing competitive funds for the citizens of Wilmington and New Hanover County.” "These funds will breathe new life into Creekwood South", says WHA Chief Executive Officer, Michael J. Krause. “This award allows us to modernize an aging but otherwise viable property, replace deteriorating infrastructure, and build to modern code standards.”


Creekwood South will include 2, 3, and 4-bedroom apartments that will be home to as many as 1,320 residents.


About the Wilmington Housing Authority:


The Wilmington Housing Authority was established in 1937. Prior projects initiated by WHA include 130 single family homes at Sunset South, 48 units of affordable family housing at The Pointe at Taylor Estates, 96 affordable apartments at Robert R. Taylor Senior Homes, and 48 townhomes at New Brooklyn Homes at Taylor Estates (currently under construction).


Contact:


http://www.wha.net

 


"Wilmington Developer of Affordable Housing Announces Groundbreaking Ceremony"


Housing and Economic Opportunities, Inc. (HEO), a Wilmington, NC based developer of affordable housing announces groundbreaking ceremony date for the New Brooklyn Homes at Robert R. Taylor Estates apartment community.  HEO is a non-profit subsidiary of the Wilmington Housing Authority.


Wilmington, NC – March 04, 2010 – Construction will soon commence on a $6.2 million affordable housing community, announced officials of Wilmington-based Housing and Economic Opportunities, Inc. (HEO).  
A groundbreaking ceremony for New Brooklyn Homes at Robert R. Taylor Estates is scheduled for
March 26, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the old Taylor Homes public housing site located in the 1400 block of North 4th Street.    Dignitaries from the federal, state and local governments have been invited to attend.  Mike Krause, President of Housing and Economic Opportunities and Chief Executive Officer of the Wilmington Housing Authority, said, “Breaking ground on this ambitious construction project in these economic times is a testament to the ability of HEO and WHA to advance the interests of affordable housing in our community.  New Brooklyn Homes at Robert R. Taylor Estates will generate scores of job opportunities for the next nine months and creates modern, affordable, and safe housing for those who suffer the most during times of economic difficulty.” 


New Brooklyn Homes at Robert R. Taylor Estates will include 48 apartments with two, three, and
four-bedrooms that will be home to as many as 240 low income residents.   The property will feature mature oak trees, plentiful parking, a community building, and architectural features that will be a natural extension of the Fourth Street corridor.  HEO hopes to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the apartments by incorporating innovative design, renewable solar energy, sub-surface water retention systems, and green building technologies.  Financing for New Brooklyn Homes at Robert R. Taylor Estates was made possible, in part, by the
City of Wilmington and the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA).


About Housing and Economic Opportunities, Inc.:


Housing and Economic Opportunities, Inc. was established by the Wilmington Housing Authority in 1998.  Prior HEO projects include 130 single family homes at Sunset South, 48 units of affordable family housing at The Pointe at Taylor Estates, and 96 affordable apartments at Robert R. Taylor Senior Homes.


Contact:


http://www.wha.net


 

“WILMINGTON HOUSING AUTHORITY AWARDED TWO GRANTS TOTALING $772,848”

$508,800  - YouthBuild Grant from the U. S. Department of Labor to assist young people, ages 16-24, with education and training.  The YouthBuild program will afford out-of-school youths an opportunity to obtain their diplomas or GEDs while providing occupational training in the construction industry.  In addition, the youths will acquire leadership skills, participate in community service, and renovate affordable housing within our communities.

$264,048 -  50 Section 8 Vouchers from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide rental assistance to non-elderly persons with disabilities. These vouchers are needed to house non-elderly disabled families that otherwise would have been housed if not for the preferences for, or restricted occupancy to, a development for elderly families only.  

We appreciate the opportunity these grants will afford the Authority and look forward to working closely with our community partners as we continue to pursue our mission of providing socio-economic opportunities and quality, affordable housing choices to the population we serve. 


Contact:


http://www.wha.net



"Wilmington Developer of Affordable Housing Receives $6.7 Million Tax Credit Award"

Housing and Economic Opportunities, Inc. (HEO), a Wilmington, NC based developer of affordable housing has been awarded $6,764,000 in federal low income housing tax credits by the North Carolina Housing and Finance Agency (NCHFA).  HEO is a non-profit subsidiary of the Wilmington Housing Authority.
Wilmington, NC -- August 07, 2009 -- 48 Wilmington families will enjoy living in a new public housing community to be built with proceeds from a $6.7 million tax credit award.  The new development, tentatively named Taylor West, is the final phase of replacement housing for the 276 unit
Robert R. Taylor public housing complex that once occupied the site in the 1400 block of North Fourth Street near downtown Wilmington.

Due to the present state of the Housing and Finance markets, the tax credit award is expected to net HEO approximately $5 million in construction funds.  Gap financing will be provided by the Wilmington Housing Authority, additional funding from NCHFA, and a $300,000 loan from the City of Wilmington.  Construction will begin in early 2010.

HEO Chairperson Deborah Hays says, “HEO’s ability to repeatedly win tax credit awards demonstrates our capacity to work hand-in-hand with the Wilmington Housing Authority in an effort to meet the affordable housing needs in New Hanover County.”  "No one does more to advance affordable housing interests in Wilmington than the WHA family of companies", says WHA Chief Executive Officer and HEO President, Michael J. Krause.  “This award allows us to increase the number of safe, decent, and affordable rental units in the region and modernize our aging portfolio of properties.”

Taylor West will include 2, 3, and 4-bedroom apartments that will be home to as many as 240 residents.   The property will feature mature oak trees, plentiful parking, a community building, and architectural features that will be a natural extension of the Fourth Street corridor. 

About Housing and Economic Opportunities, Inc.:

Housing and Economic Opportunities, Inc. was established by the Wilmington Housing Authority in 1998.  Prior HEO projects include 130 single family homes at Sunset South, 48 units of affordable family housing at The Pointe at Taylor Estates, and 96 affordable apartments at Robert R. Taylor Senior Homes.


Contact:


http://www.wha.net