Ripley Housing Authority’s mission is to provide affordable safe housing and develop community services that promote self-sufficiency and independent living.
Establish services that promote a thriving community.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ripley Housing Authority (RHA) was officially founded by the City of Ripley Tennessee on August 31, 1960. RHA received their corporate charter from the state of TN on September 12, 1960.
At the time of our inception, Mayor C. Wilson Viar and the Board of Aldermen appointed a board of commissioners to govern RHA. The original commissioners were S.N. Anthony Sr., John Stewart, James R. Fitzhugh, George P. Brown, and James W. Porter (Chairman). As a commissioner’s term expires, the mayor would, and still does, appoint a replacement and/or reappoint a commissioner. The length of service a commissioner serves is 5 years.
On June 22, 1961, RHA received grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to construct its first two properties, Cresent Drive and Chapel Circle. These 2 properties, consisting of 76 apartments, were completed approximately 1 year later in 1962.
Over the next 25 years, RHA would receive additional grants from HUD to expand its portfolio to 265 apartments. In total, our apartments are situated on 5 properties throughout the city limits of Ripley. They include:
|Property Name||Apartments||Date Completed|
|Northcrest Street Addition||84||1971|
|Willow Creek Cove||40||1988|
In the early year’s tenant rents were set to meet the operating demands of housing authorities. It was not until the passage of The Housing Act of 1969 (known as the Brooke Amendment), that placed a ceiling of 25% of income on rents to be charged in public housing. With this Act, Congress established an “Operating Subsidy” to reimburse housing authorities for loss of revenue due to the ceiling placed on rent. Presently, the ceiling on rent is 30%.
In the mid 1990’s, HUD established the “Capital Fund Program” to address the aging properties of housing authorities across the county. This program appropriates funds annually to housing authorities; which allows them to renovate, modernize, and upgrade their properties. Currently, RHA has renovated 75% of our properties with a goal to reach 100% by 2019.