Incorporated in 1937, the Mobile Housing Authority (MHA) is chartered under the laws of the State of Alabama to provide and administer affordable housing programs for the citizens of Mobile. The Agency receives policy guidance and operational approval from its five-member governing Board of Commissioners. Commissioners are appointed to five-year terms by the Mayor of the City of Mobile. The majority of funding for the MHA is provided by the federal government though the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The Mobile Housing Authority, as a public agency, plays a major role in providing housing services to the citizens of Mobile. Through the traditional Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Programs, we currently provide housing or housing assistance to over 7,000 families. Many people think that this is where the story ends. However, the MHA does much more than provide a place to live. Through the years, the role of public housing authorities has changed. Now, as importantly as providing housing, we provide beneficial programs for residents of all ages to enable and encourage family self-sufficiency. We provide extracurricular youth activities, educational opportunities, career counseling and job opportunities. The goal of these programs is to raise the quality of life for our clients and enable them to reach financial independence.
The MHA has an ongoing modernization program that provides major renovations for our existing housing developments. In addition, the Agency builds and sells affordable single-family homes. This program is very popular and allows the participants, mostly first-time homebuyers, to realize the dream of becoming a homeowner.
The Mobile Housing Authority works in collaboration with the City of Mobile to administer the Community Development Block Grant program. Through this program MHA is involved in renovating community parks, rehabilitating privately-owned homes, and providing funding for various service agencies within the city.in renovating community parks, rehabilitating privately-owned homes, and providing funding for various service agencies within the city.
MHA employees are involved in administration, maintenance and social service activities. The MHA is fortunate to have a dedicated staff and an involved and knowledgeable Board of Commissioners. We are dedicated to providing superb customer service and we strive to uphold this standard in all areas of our operations.