MAYFIELD HOUSING AUTHORITY
312 BROOKSIDE DRIVE, MAYFIELD, KY 42066
PHONE 270-247-6391• FAX 270-247-8978
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The Housing Authority of Mayfield was organized in March 1960 as a traditional city housing authority, totally dependent upon the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for programs and funding. HUD programs, at this time, discouraged housing authorities form operating non-HUD programs. The people of Mayfield and their civic leaders were content with this arrangement, even though state law allowed housing authorities to do more. In addition to the powers available to the Housing Authority of Mayfield, the Mayfield City Council granted the Housing Authority the City’s urban renewal powers in March 1960.
State law restricts the Housing Authority of Mayfield, as a city housing authority, to owning property within the corporate limits of the City of Mayfield, but allows the housing authority to operate subsidy programs outside the city. Not having full authority within its service area creates additional challenges and mixed expectations. The Housing Authority has approached the Graves County Board of Commissioners about entering into an intergovernmental agreement allowing the Housing Authority of Mayfield to relocate some of its public housing units into the county. The Graves County Board of Commissioners looks upon public housing as projects and completion with private landlords.
The relationship between HUD and local housing authorities remained the same until the mid-1980 when HUD began pushing housing authorities to provide services and programs outside those historically provided, such as resident service, social services, after school programs and anti-drug programs. Some funds were available to provide these programs through competitive HUD grants, but housing authorities were expected to fund these social programs with their operating funds and community support. In addition, funding for new units dried up, leaving communities with little or no new affordable housing units being constructed.
Major changes in HUD funding and programs began in the 1990’s, local housing authorities were being required to do more with less HUD money. In response to this situation Congress passed the QHWRA of 1998, informing housing authorities, HUD would no longer be their sole source for funds and housing programs, encouraging housing authorities to rethink their role in their community, work to form public, private and not for profit partnerships to provide affordable housing programs and sources of funds.
Changes in HUD’s relationship with housing authorities continued to evolve with the introduction of asset management. Asset management provided HUD with a mechanism to fund the public housing program in a manor resembling the multi-family programs operated by for-profit and not-for-profit developers. HUD’s asset management provided for funding the rental unit and the property on which it is located but restricted funding of the central office and the programs housing authorities are required to provide for public housing program participants. HUD has de-federalized the fees paid by public housing properties to the central office and is allowing other money earned by the central office to be considered non-federal.
Funding reductions for HUD programs continue to make program management difficult at best. Capital Fund is funded at about 50% of the formula with additional restrictions on eligible items. Operating fund is continues to be prorated at 80 to 85% while administrative requirement increase. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program housing assistance payment (HAP) provides enough funds to utilize 75-80% of the allocated vouchers whereas administrative funding is also pro-rated at 60%. Increased funding in the foreseeable future remains very likely.