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History

The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority was formed through the merger of the Lawrence Housing Authority, created in 1968, and The Douglas County Housing Authority, created in 1983. Although separate entities, both agencies previously functioned under the umbrella of the Lawrence Housing Authority.

With the formal merger, effective in 2001, the LDCHA was granted the powers to plan, construct, maintain, operate and manage low rent housing developments in Lawrence and Douglas County; to enter into contracts with local, state and federal governments for funds to construct, acquire, or provide housing and housing assistance for the low income, and to enter into public-private partnerships and joint ventures, including the creation of a not-for-profit organization, in order to secure funds and contracts for affordable housing development.

The LDCHA is responsible for the operations and management of 369 units of public housing built between 1972 and 1995, located in the city of Lawrence, and the administration of 591 Section 8 and 62 HOME assisted units, located throughout the county including the city of Lawrence. Currently the agency provides housing and housing assistance to 1,018 families.

The LDCHA is governed by a five-member commission, three appointed by the Mayor of Lawrence and two by the Chairman of the Douglas County Commission. Day-to-day operations are managed by an executive director who is responsible for the administration of seven departments: General Housing, Program and Property Management, Senior Housing, Maintenance, Capitol Improvements, Resident Services and Administration. The LDCHA currently employs 44 staff.