The Town of Southampton Housing Authority’s (“TSHA”) mission is to develop mixed-income housing opportunities in keeping with the rural character of the hamlets and villages of the Town of Southampton. The goals and objectives of the Authority are to:
- Assist in providing greater housing opportunities for both rental and home ownership.
- Preserve and improve existing affordable housing.
- Pursue opportunities to develop additional mixed income housing.
- Provide safe, secure affordable rental housing and prepare residents for future home ownership.
- Educate the community on all facets of home ownership as an ambassador for first time homebuyers
Housing Choice Voucher Program
The housing choice voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.
Administrative Initiatives Southampton Housing Authority HCV Administrative Plan
Upon accepting contractual administrative authority over the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program from the Town of Southampton (the Public Housing Agency designed by HUD), the TSHA streamlined and enhanced procedures to increase efficiency while reducing spending. For example, our first objective was to reduce the number of staff for the HCV Program. Daily operations that were previously completed by seven employees when the program was administered by the Town are now accomplished with three dedicated staff members. In addition, the TSHA recently implemented electronic rent payments to landlords participating in the HCV Program, in order to streamline and expedite the receipt of rental payments. This initiative has translated into program cost savings as well as increased landlord satisfaction.