The Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown was created in 1949 by resolution of the Mayor and Council due to the need of low-rent housing for low-income families. A contract between the Authority and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development binds the Authority to rent only to lower income families.
The Housing Authority is a nonprofit organization operating under the laws of the State of Maryland to provide housing for low-income families within the City. Although the Housing Authority is a separate entity and not part of the city. Five local citizens, appointed by the Mayor, serve without pay as Commissioners to create policy and guidance to the professional staff that is led by the Executive Director who reports directly to the board. Each Commissioner serves a five-year term, one term expiring each year. The present Commissioners are:
Carolyn W. Brooks, Chairman
Richard McCleary, Vice Chairman
Denise Sisler, Resident Representative
George Hill, Board Member
Rosalind Martin, Board Member
Joanne Ballengee, Executive Director
The Housing Authority now manages 1,180 dwelling units in 11 communities and also subsidizes the rental of approximately 943 dwelling units in the private market under the Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Program, the Housing Voucher Program and 59 units under Veterans Affair Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers. The Authority also built, through national competition programs, two additional communities that we manage and plan to own when tax credit requirements expire. The Authority currently provides housing assistance for approximately 12% of the population of the City of Hagerstown.
The Hagerstown Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Housing Facility and does not discriminate on the basis of color, creed, religion, sex or handicap.