Collection (1955-1969) of minutes, agendas, notes, correspondence, reports, and newsletters related to the donor's activities as a board member of the Housing Authority of Greenville, North Carolina, and supporter of public housing.
Greenville Housing Authority History In 1937, the United States Congress passed the United States Housing Act to provide decent homes for low-income families. The Greenville Redevelopment Commission and City Council established the Housing Authority of the City of Greenville (HACG) in May of 1961. Its principal programs and its funding are through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HACG Board of Commissioners is a seven-member board appointed by the Greenville City Council. The HACG is a quasi-government agency and a state chartered corporation. One Commissioner is a HACG resident who represents the families, seniors, and disabled persons who reside in public housing. The Housing Authority provides rental assistance to over 1,500 low income households through its Housing Choice Voucher and Affordable Housing Programs.
In 1962, the GHA opened Kearney Park, the City's first low-income housing development which has 160 units. East Meadowbrook (65 units), West Meadowbrook (40 units) Moyewood (228 units), and Hopkins Park (111 units) followed closely and were all completed by early 1980.
Mission Statement The mission of the Housing Authority of the City of Greenville is to be a leader for affordable housing in the City of Greenville by serving as a housing safety net, promoting individual self-sufficiency, leveraging core housing competency to support HACG's mission, managing real estate and facilitating and participating in mixed income housing development.
The HACG is committed to providing quality lease and for-sale housing opportunities by educating, training and assisting families to become self sufficient. Additionally, we strive to support and empower individuals and families, promote independence through recognition of personal responsibility, encourage healthy behaviors while reducing social problems, provide services of value to taxpayers and strengthen the quality of life of residents of HACG and Housing Choice Voucher Program through workforce development and a network of supportive services.
The Greenville Housing Authority (GHA) Records contain Expenditures, Minutes and Reports concerning low-income housing. These materials consist of development documents, meeting minutes and agendas, budgets, financial reports, state laws related to the organization, correspondence and newspaper clippings. Also included is a report by the organization concerning projects N.C. 22-1 and N.C. 22-2 produced by Dudley and Shoe Architects (1965), and a site plan diagram for Project N.C. 22-2 from the same year. Also included are allegations and criticism of urban renewal (ca 1964); and memorandums related to A.E. Dubber, Executive Director, concerning racial controversies that were found in the Housing Projects N.C. 22-2 and N.C. 22-1(1965).
The majority of the Greenville Housing Authority Records donated by Joseph F. Steelman, one of the organization's commissioners, concerns low-income housing developments from 1955 through 1962, . The original estimate of low income housing units required for the project was 225 units, however, eventually more than 714 units would become available for low-income families. Personnel policies are also included (1966). There are also letters of protest from the local NAACP concerning housing projects and the termination of Warren G. Barnes, the only African-American on the project working as a Project Manager. Also included is a transcript of the Warren G. Barnes hearings and a letter to the Pitt County Branch of the NAACP from Chairman James E. Sutton.
Gift of Joseph F. Steelman
Encoded by Mark Custer, January 4, 2008
Processing completed March 14, 2017, by Leah Turner.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
For more information on the Housing Authority of Greenville see: Joseph F. Steelman PapersEast Carolina University, J.Y. Library, Greenville, NC USA
For more information on Public Housing see: Dudley & Shoe Architectural Records(#804)East Carolina University, J.Y. Library, Greenville, NC USA