Housing authority earns perfect score for voucher program

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The Wilson Housing Authority has achieved a perfect score for the operation of its Housing Choice Voucher program in 2017.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gave the housing authority a score of 100 for the operation of its voucher program, which serves more than 650 families and individuals throughout Wilson County.

Achieving a score of 100 earns the Wilson Housing Authority the designation of high performer for the operation of its voucher program — commonly known as Section 8. This is the second consecutive year that the Wilson Housing Authority has achieved the high performer designation.

“Gaining this recognition is a testament to the hard work that the housing choice voucher staff has put in to running the program,” said Kelly Vick, housing authority president and CEO.

Housing authority board Chairman Thomas Eatmon echoed Vick’s comments. “Under Kelly’s leadership, the housing authority has been working hard for the citizens of Wilson and this recognition is well-earned.”

The housing authority’s Housing Choice Voucher program is led by Senior Housing Manager Valinda Belton. The program’s two case workers are Shakilya Whitley and Gail Williams and its inspector is Shawn Lucas.

The Wilson Housing Authority serves more than 1,300 families and individuals in Wilson County through its public housing and voucher programs.