To support the strength and diversity of the Decatur community by providing a wide
range of housing opportunities with a focus on affordable housing, promoting community
and economic development, and administering its programs in a creative, cooperative,
responsive, and effective manner.
The Decatur Housing Authority was established in 1938 with its primary focus being
on building housing for low income households. Over the years, the Housing Authority
has expanded its focus to include the revitalization of the Decatur community as
a whole through the renewal and redevelopment of substandard housing, as well as
improving facilities in the downtown area. The Authority is now expanding its efforts
to revitalize & redevelop into the newly designated Columbia Park area of East Decatur.
Today, the Authority's philosophy emphasizes not only providing much needed housing
for the lower income residents of our community, but also in providing our participants
with the necessary tools to build better lives for themselves through self-sufficiency.
The Authority has also examined the need for diversity in the Decatur community and
the inability of many of the people who work in our community to afford to live in
Decatur. In an effort to address the need for affordable housing opportunities within
the city limits of Decatur, we have formed partnerships in our community to build
several developments that provide some of this much needed affordable housing for
our teachers, police and fire personnel, and other employees in Decatur
We are proud of our past accomplishments! We are eager to expand our role within
this wonderful community and to help our residents realize their dreams of independence.
Through the partnerships we create with other service agencies, the City of Decatur
and with our entire community, the Housing Authority will move toward reaching our
goal of improving the lives of our participants and building an even better Decatur
Our programs are designed to meet the needs of renters, owners, and hopeful owners;
welfare recipients, young families, service workers, police and fire personnel, the
elderly, and many others.
With these goals in mind, the Authority plans, develops and implements programs that
are specifically designed to improve the lives of our families, promote our thriving
community and to foster economic development within our city. Additionally the Authority
offers programs directly to the residents of its affordable housing rental communities.
Board of Commissioners:
Mary S. Boyd, Chair
Jon Abercrombie, Vice Chair
Haywood Curry, Jr., Commissioner
Bill W. Markert, Commissioner
Melissa Heffner, Commissioner
Mohamed Mayow, Commissioner
Douglas S. Faust, Executive Director - Secretary/Treasurer