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
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.