Housing authority earns perfect score for voucher program

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For a second consecutive year, the Wilson Housing Authority has achieved a perfect score for the operation of its Housing Choice Voucher program.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gave the housing authority a score of 100 for the 2018 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 third consecutive year that the Wilson Housing Authority has achieved the high-performer designation.

“Being recognized by HUD (the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) as a high performer for a third year in a row is a reflection of how hard our folks are working to make this program a success,” said Kelly Vick, the president and CEO of the Wilson Housing Authority.

Thomas Eatmon, Wilson Housing Authority board chairman, said the recognition is well deserved.

“The housing authority has been working hard for the citizens of Wilson, and this recognition of its housing voucher program is well earned,” he said.

The housing authority’s Housing Choice Voucher program is overseen by Valinda Belton, occupancy manager. The programs’ two case workers are Shakilya Battle and Gail Williams, and its inspector is Shawn Lucas.

The Wilson Housing Authority serves more than 1,200 families and individuals in Wilson County through its public housing and voucher programs.