Our History >>
The Housing Authority of Savannah was organized on January 10, 1938 as a public housing authority in accordance with the Georgia State Housing Authority’s Law of 1937, as established by the U.S. Housing Act of 1937. It began with a resolution adopted by the Savannah City Council on December 22, 1937. The resolution stated the need for a body to address the shortage of safe and sanitary housing in the city.
Mayor Robert M. Hitch appointed Herbert L. Kayton as Chairman and Fred Wessels, D.T. Simpson, W. Hugh Stephens and Joseph F. Griffin as Commissioners. Mr. Kayton shortly after resigned the Chairmanship, but continued to serve on the Board while Fred Wessels became Chairman.
The Board executed the first cooperation agreement with the City of Savannah on November 28, 1938. This agreement assures residents of the Housing Authority that they will receive police and fire protection, refuse collection and all services available to citizens of Savannah.
The first employee of the Authority was W. Horace Stillwell who served as Executive Director from November 30, 1938 until June 1, 1959.
HAS Mission >>
To effectively and efficiently address the housing needs of Savannah’s low income population while focusing on the educational, job training and economic self-sufficiency needs of the residents of public housing neighborhoods and the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be conducted concerning a Significant Amendment to the Housing Authority of Savannah’s Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2015. The amendment will be for the inclusion of plans for the disposition of the Francis Bartow Place real estate property, located at Augusta Avenue, Savannah, GA; and the removal of Horace Stillwell Towers and Yamacraw Village from the HAS Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program portfolio.
The amended Annual Plan, which includes an outline of the plans for the Bartow property, may be reviewed at the HAS Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton Street; Section 8 Office, 200 East Broad Street; all Housing Authority neighborhood management offices; or click on the following link: Amended PHA Plan. All interested parties are invited to present comments at the public hearing regarding the proposed amendment on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the HAS Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton Street.
East Savannah Gateway Community Design Meeting
On Thursday, February 12, 2014 the Housing Authority of Savannah and Hitch Village development team partner, Hunt Companies, hosted their third collaborative design meeting at the Savannah Baptist Center. The team presented updated plans of the redevelopment of Robert Hitch Village, the rehabilitation of Fred Wessels and Blackshear Homes, and the rezoning/P.U.D. request for the Fred Wessels and Blackshear area. The development team also received comments and answered questions from the community regarding the plans. The redevelopment of these communities are the central strategy of the Housing component of East Savannah Gateway Transformation Plan.
The meeting was free and open to the public and was attended by representatives from numerous Gateway partners and residents from the targeted communities.
Please click on the following link to view the Community Design Meeting presentation: Savannah — Wessels+Hitch Community Meeting Presentation_Feb 12 2015
Public Notice is hereby given that the Housing Authority of Savannah’s waiting lists for Public Housing are closed.
The Housing Authority of Savannah’s waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waiting List is currently closed.
The Housing Authority of Savannah is now accepting online applications from those age 62 or over for the “Rose of Sharon”, “The Veranda”, and "Sustainable Fellwood". Click here to begin your application: On-line application.
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