MSM Trustee Joy W. Fitzgerald Named President & CEO of Atlanta Housing Authority
On January 27, 2016, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) trustee Joy W. Fitzgerald, who has served as the interim head of the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) since 2013, was named the AHA's permanent president and CEO. Fitzgerald has made major strides while leading the AHA in past years, including helping to secure the $30 million HUD Choice Grant to help revitalize Atlanta's westside communities.
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About the AHA
The Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta, Georgia (AHA) is the largest housing authority in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation. AHA provides and facilitates affordable housing resources for nearly 22,000 low-income households comprised of approximately 50,000 people. These affordable housing resources include AHA-owned residential communities, AHA-sponsored mixed-income, mixed-finance residential communities, tenant-based vouchers, project based rental assistance, supportive housing arrangements and homeownership opportunities.
AHA has broad corporate powers including, but not limited to, the power to acquire, manage, own, operate, develop and revitalize affordable housing. AHA’s programs are funded and regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”). Using its Moving to Work flexibility, AHA has implemented a variety of innovations that benefit low-income families and expand housing choice.
AHA's approach to providing quality affordable housing and human development services is based on the belief that people can do better when given access to quality living environments and the tools they need to become self-sufficient.