The mission of the Chatham County Housing Authority is to be committed to achieving excellence in providing safe, decent and affordable housing assistance while promoting self-sufficiency, upward mobility and home ownership opportunities to residents of Chatham County.
It is the policy of the Chatham County Housing Authority to provide equal housing opportunities for all qualified applicants and residents. In the selection of families and in the provision of services, there shall be no discrimination against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. This policy also prohibits retaliation.
This policy is in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Fair Housing Act of 1968m as amended by the Fair Housing Amendment Act of 1988, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and the North Carolina Human Rights Laws. Residents and housing applicants who wish to report housing discrimination may file a Discrimination Complaint by contacting:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Greensboro Field Office
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
1500 Pinecroft Road, Suite 401
Greensboro, North Carolina 27407-3838
The Chatham County Housing Authority is a public corporation, body politic to itself, created through enabling legislation at the Federal level by the 1937 Housing Act; at the State level through Chapter 157 of the General Statutes of North Carolina entitled “Housing Authorities and Projects”; and at the local level via a petition that was filed with the City of Clerk requesting approval to apply for a certificate of incorporation.
The Chatham County Housing Authority is a quasi-governmental agency (supported by the government but managed privately) governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners. The Board is comprised of active public servants within the Chatham County community who are appointed by the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. These concerned and dedicated citizens serve without pay. Residents of public housing also have the opportunity to serve as members of the Board and each Commissioner is appointed for a five-year term. The Executive Director of the Housing Authority acts as Secretary/Treasurer for the Board. The Chatham County Housing Authority uses no local tax revenue in its operations.
Since April 27, 1970, Chatham County Housing Authority has endeavored to increase its housing stock in order to better help those requiring housing assistance. Through this program, individuals and families receive a voucher, also referred to as subsidy that can be used in securing housing of their choice which meets Section 8 program requirements. CCHA is responsible for the day-to-day administration and management of the program, including selecting households, determining eligibility for the program, issuing Housing Choice Vouchers, inspecting housing units, and making rental payments to owners.
The Housing Authority, through its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program (Section 8), is currently providing housing assistance to approximately 460 households (410 – Regular Vouchers; 50 Special Needs Vouchers- Non-Elderly-Disabled), with a total population in excess of 982 persons. Chatham County Housing Authority also works with families in the rental subsidy program to develop a five-year plan to become self-sufficient through the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program.