Housing Authority of Paducah

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Housing Authority of Paducah

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Message from the Executive Director – Tommy Hollimon, Jr.

Welcome to the Housing Authority of Paducah!

The mission of the Housing Authority of Paducah is to assist qualified, responsible families and individuals, with safe, decent, and affordable housing opportunities as they strive to achieve or maintain self-sufficiency and improve the quality of their lives while treating the residents with dignity and respect. Although I am new to the Housing Authority of Paducah and the community, I am not new to public housing. I have worked in public housing for almost eleven years now and when coupled with the experience and knowledge of the team already in place, there is nothing we will not be able to achieve in the ever-changing climate of public housing.

The phrase comes to mind - “do more with less”. While this is an everyday challenge, the Housing Authority of Paducah will do just that.  We will strive to enhance the way of life for our residents with improved services that will help guide our residents in making important life decisions by setting and achieving goals.  Customer service and communication of changes to our residents will be a major focus for our agency in 2017 and I want you to know we value you as residents. 

Improved resident living and building conditions will be our top priority with funding we are awarded so that everyone’s home is “safe and sound”.  Our maintenance department is by far one of the best I have ever encountered and I can assure our residents that their needs will be met when it comes to the upkeep of the units, buildings and grounds.

Meeting our goals is possible because of the leadership and direction provided by our Board of Commissioners, the extraordinary contributions of our dedicated staff, and the public and private sector partnerships we have valued throughout our community.  We look forward to continuing our relationships with all of the Paducah (McCracken County) Community in the coming year and wish to thank you all for your support and commitment to affordable housing.

Again, welcome to the Housing Authority of Paducah. We look forward to helping you “Move in, Move up, and Move ahead!”

Tommy Hollimon, Jr.
Executive Director

About

The Housing Authority of Paducah was established on July 18, 1938 in accordance with the US Housing Act of 1937 and KRS 80. The Housing Authority of Paducah is committed to providing housing opportunities of all types to low and moderate income families. We administer 868 units of traditional subsidized rental units as well as offer homes for purchase at our Heritage Place site and other locations around the community. We also assist our residents by developing and offering programs to help them achieve self-sufficiency through education and employment. An on-site day care at the Elmwood community has been established to serve the child care needs of our residents. We have a strong elderly community and administer activity programs designed for our senior residents. Youth services and programs are available for our younger residents. The Housing Authority offers housing alternatives without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. We invite you to consider the Housing Authority of Paducah when making your housing choice.

History

The Housing Authority of Paducah, (hereinafter "HAP"), was established July 18, 1938 in accordance with the US Housing Act of 1937 and Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 80. The HAP has over 65 years experience administering public housing programs, and currently partners with local agencies to provide additional supportive programs such as daycare, adult literacy, and an After School Program, at no or low cost to our residents. These programs serve to enrich the lives of our resident families and encourage family members to pursue further education or job training. The agency obtained 501 (c) 3 non-profit status in 2004 to open further opportunities for programs and services which benefit the well-being of our residents.

The Housing Authority of Paducah has grown into one of the largest local providers of affordable housing and family services in McCracken County. The agency currently provides affordable housing for over 1,500 individuals and administers over twenty programs for family, children, and the elderly.

Heritage Place, a 74-unit townhouse community, was demolished in 2000 after months of intensive relocation and attrition of occupants. In a working partnership with the City of Paducah, it was decided that revitalization is most effectively achieved by building single-family homes as opposed to concentrated public housing units. Community Development in Paducah is currently managing a process of addressing the needs of deteriorating properties in the "lower town" area near Paducah's riverfront. HAP's Homeownership Plan begins the process of revitalization in the "upper town" district or the south/central part of the city. HAP and the City of Paducah recognize that homeownership is a key component for successful neighborhood revitalization.

Physical changes to HAP properties have been plentiful in the past few years. Central heat and air conditioning, and energy efficient light fixtures have just been the beginning of further improving the living conditions of our apartments. Improvements in security, building entrances and exteriors, and childcare are under way. The HAP is in the process of creating single-family housing and a host of other items meant to assist the low income and fixed income families that we serve.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Housing Authority of Paducah is to assist qualified, responsible families and individuals, with safe, decent, and affordable housing opportunities as they strive to achieve or maintain self-sufficiency and improve the quality of their lives while treating the residents with dignity and respect. The Housing Authority of Paducah is committed to operating in an efficient, ethical and professional manner. In its operations, the Housing Authority of Paducah is committed to revitalizing and maintaining neighborhoods and a strong urban core. The Housing Authority of Paducah will create, and maintain partnerships with its clients and appropriate community agencies to accomplish this mission.