The Housing Authority of The City of Charlotte was successfully established by the North Carolina Secretary of State in June 1939.
The U.S. Housing Act of 1937 created the Public and Indian housing program, which now provides housing that is affordable to over 1.3 million households nationwide. The aim of the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) is to ensure affordable, safe, decent housing; create opportunities for residents’ self-sufficiency and economic independence; and assure fiscal integrity by all program participants. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is responsible for administering and managing a range of programs authorized and funded by Congress under the basic provisions of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937.
In response, in December 1938, the pioneering Charlotte City Council recognized the need for a public housing authority in Charlotte. The Council believed that sanitary, safe housing, at rents, which persons of low income could afford, did not exist in the City of Charlotte or its surrounding areas. Mayor Ben E. Douglas appointed a group of five citizens to complete the application for incorporation of the Housing Authority of the City of Charlotte, and it was successfully established by the North Carolina Secretary of State in June 1939.