About the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick
The Mission of The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick (HACF) is to provide an array of housing options for our citizens by being committed to supporting strong stable communities.
What is the HACF?
The HACF is an autonomous, non-profit public corporation created to address the need for low-income housing. It is governed by a five member Board of Commissioners that is appointed by the Mayor of Frederick and confirmed by the Board of Aldermen. The Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick (HACF) is appointed by the Board and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer while serving on the Board of Commissioners.
Who manages the HACF?
The HACF is directed by Teresa Justice. She is responsible for the overall administration and management of the organization.
What are the HACF's major departments?
The HACF has three major departments: The Department of Physical Services, which is responsible for all maintenance and modernization; The Department of Finance, which is responsible for all administrative, accounting, and procurement functions; and the Department of Housing, which is responsible for overall housing operations.
How is the HACF funded?
The operations of HACF are supported by two main sources: rental units and a federal subsidy for the operation, maintenance and modernization of the HACF through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Individual programs within the HACF also accept private donations in order to better serve residents attempting to improve their education and increase their income.
What is the history of the HACF?
The HACF was created in 1937 to address the urgent need for improved housing in the area, especially for low-income residents. Mayor Lloyd C. Culler (1934-1943) of Frederick appointed a group of local citizens to make recommendations on how to improve low-income housing in Frederick City. Acting on those recommendations, the Board of Aldermen adopted a resolution to establish the local Housing Authority.
The Lincoln Apartments was the first development created by the HACF and was built in 1941. The development consists of 50 units and is located on Phebus Avenue.
In 1943, the Roger B. Taney Apartments were constructed between 6th and 7th Street along Bentz Street. This development was demolished in 2005 under the HOPEVI Grant.
The Carver Apartments were constructed in 1952 and consists of 60 units within six (6) buildings. The complex is located on the south end of Frederick across from Lincoln Elementary. The HACF's main office is adjacent to Carver Apartments.
The John Hanson Apartments were constructed in 1959 and consisted of 78 units within six (6) buildings. John Hanson Apartments were demolished in 2005 under the HOPEVI Grant.
The Lucas Village Community was constructed in 1972 and consists of 88 townhouses and 12 garden walk-up style units. Within the community is the Project ALIVE Office.
The Catoctin View Apartments were constructed in 1970 and are designated for elderly and disabled persons. The apartment complex includes a seven (7) story building containing 100 units.
The Catoctin Manor Apartments were completed in 2007 adjacent to the Catoctin View Apartments. Similarly, this apartment complex is designated for elderly and disabled individuals. It is a three (3) story building containing 23 units.
The Hillcrest/Catoctin Ridge Apartments were completed in 2007 and consists of 20 public housing rental units.
Currently, how many housing units does the HACF provide?
As of March 2013, the HACF has 358 rental units in its inventory. This includes 50 units in Lincoln, 60 units in Carver, 92 units in Lucas Village, 100 units in Catoctin View, 23 units in Catoctin Manor, 20 units in Hillcrest and 13 site units scattered throughout Frederick County.
In 2003, the HACF was able to secure funding for HOPE VI. This allowed for the demolition of the Roger B. Taney and John Hanson Apartments, resulting in the resettlement of all residents to private sector housing or relocation to other public housing units. 90% of former Roger B. Taney and John Hanson residents chose Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) to help with their resettlement within the community.
Currently, the HACF is working to develop a total of 253 housing units, including 157 rentals and 96 home-ownerships, under its HOPE VI program. It is an exciting opportunity to increase the number of affordable housing in Frederick city.