Day joins Wilson Housing Authority board

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The Wilson Housing Authority welcomed a new commissioner to its governing body at its January board meeting.

Erin J. Day of Wilson was sworn in as one of the Wilson Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners’ five members, joining Board Chairman Thomas Eatmon, Kent Montgomery, Brenda Lewis and Annie Ward. She is replacing Judy Weatherington on the board.

Day is director of the Division of Coalition Support at Community Impact NC in Wilson and the co-director of the North Carolina Lock Your Meds Campaign. She has worked toward the prevention of substance use disorders for more than 10 years.

Day is specifically focused on preventing underage alcohol use and of-age over consumption and prescription drug misuse through environmental strategies and community-based processes. She has received Coalition Academy training through Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, is a trained recovery coach and has had training in racial equity and disparity issues through the Racial Equity Institute.

Wilson Housing Authority CEO and President Kelly Vick said Day brings valuable experience and insight to the board and noted she is well known and respected in the Wilson community.

“Erin brings a great breadth of experience of working to build partnerships in Wilson, which will be valuable to the Wilson Housing Authority as it continues to build relationships that help it pursue its goal of providing affordable housing opportunities to the community,” Vick said.

The Wilson Housing Authority employees nearly 40 people and has an annual budget of roughly $8 million. Its operations, which include running more than 700 public housing units and 660 vouchers for rental assistance to low-income families and individuals, are overseen by its five-member board.

Day is also a member of the Rotary Club of Wilson and serves on the board of directors for Mental Health America of Wilson County.

She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s in religion and philosophy from Barton College. She has lived in Wilson for 17 years. She and her husband Aaron have two children, Audrey and Axel.