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The Wilson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners honored CEO and President Kelly Vick for five years of service as the housing authority’s leader at the board’s December meeting.
Vick, 47, joined the Wilson Housing Authority in 2012 and served for a year as its director of development before being named president and CEO in 2013.
Board Chairman Thomas Eatmon presented Vick with a plaque for his years of service and discussed the accomplishments that have occurred at the housing authority under Vick’s leadership.
“We stepped out on faith when we hired Kelly to lead the housing authority,” Eatmon said. “During that time, that faith has been rewarded by his stable leadership and vision in moving the authority forward.”
Under Vick’s leadership, the authority has strengthened its finances, partnered with numerous community organizations to provide new opportunities for its residents, and most recently has received several state grants to build new affordable housing units to replace units that were abandoned after Hurricane Matthew.
Vick thanked the board for the plaque and quickly gave credit to the authority’s staff for making the Wilson Housing Authority a strong advocate for affordable housing and providing services to low-income Wilsonians.
“I am glad I got the opportunity to lead the organization,” Vick said. “It is always an honor to tell people what we are doing for the Wilson community and what we are doing to keep moving forward.”
Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose, who appoints the authority’s board members, said Vick’s leadership at the housing authority is one of many good things happening in Wilson.
“Just like downtown, there is a lot going on at the housing authority,” Rose said.
Established in 1953, the Wilson Housing Authority’s mission is to provide safe, decent and affordable housing to the Wilson community. It currently serves nearly 2,800 residents through both its conventional public housing programs and its partnership with private-sector housing providers through the federal Housing Choice Voucher program.
The Wilson Housing Authority employees nearly 40 people and has an annual budget of roughly $8 million. Its operations are overseen by its five-member board.