WARNER ROBINS — The Warner Robins and Houston County housing authorities may develop a nonprofit arm after a vote by their Board of Commissioners of Tuesday.
The board, which oversees both housing authorities, approved a resolution supporting the development of a nonprofit organization that could help raise money for public housing.
Sheryl Frazier, the housing authorities’ executive director, said the creation of a nonprofit would allow them to receive additional funding that is not regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. All the authorities’ funding currently comes from the federal government.
“It’s the wave of the future,” Commissioner Daron L. Lee said of creating a nonprofit. “The Housing Authority has to create an additional money strain to survive. ... It’s a necessary step to keep public housing.”
The nonprofit also could be used to build or purchase homes, rehabilitate them and sell them to low-income residents, Frazier said.
“We do homeownership training, and we encourage our residents to participate in homeownership training,” she said. “What we believe as an industry is people are supposed to move in, up and out.”
The nonprofit would be governed by a board of commissioners separate from the housing authorities’ board.
“I believe we would be helping the community quite a bit,” board Chairman Sammie L. Nelson said.
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