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The Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa (THA) is governed by a voluntary Board of Commissioners, each of whom is appointed by the Mayor of the City of Tulsa. The board employs THA’s President/CEO, who, in turn, employs the remainder of THA’s staff of approximately 250 team members.
The executive office is responsible for the overall operations and performance of THA and is comprised of the president/chief executive officer, chief operating officer, general counsel and executive administrative assistant.
The rental assistance department (formerly known as Section 8) is responsible for families receiving rental assistance that allows them to select housing of their choice, whether it is an apartment, duplex or house, provided the owner of the unit is willing to accept the family under the voucher program guidelines. The voucher program enables families to move from state to state and maintain their rental assistance. The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is responsible for assisting families currently receiving rental assistance in making the transition from public assistance to becoming economically independent of all government subsidies. To ensure that housing is in safe, sanitary and decent condition, THA employs a team of inspectors. THA’s inspectors also cover public housing sites.
THA provides housing for low- and very low-income residents through the provision of public housing units. The affordable housing team is responsible for the management and maintenance operations of fourteen (14) public housing apartment communities in the Tulsa area. Functions include processing lease agreements, rent, work orders, eviction processing, housekeeping inspections, fire safety training and overall operations of the communities. To ensure that housing is in safe, sanitary and decent condition, THA employs a team of maintenance professionals, including custodians, electricians and plumbers.
The community development department is primarily responsible for all major capital improvement projects and all new development projects which include property acquisition, pre-development, due diligence, financing and development management with the ultimate goal of passing each new endeavor over to our in-house construction services department or a contractor. Our greatest endeavor is to ensure the provision of quality housing today and in the future.
To keep THA’s properties in safe, decent and sanitary condition, the construction service department contracts for all modernization work and administers annual contracts for routine and non-routine maintenance needs.
THA recognizes that the provision of housing is only part of the need facing low- and very low-income families who strive to become more self-sufficient. Community relations staff are present at all housing communities and offer a multitude of assistance ranging from fun activities for residents to employment assistance.
The finance and administration department is led by the chief financial officer, who is responsible for overseeing all budgets, funding requests and financial reporting, as well as supervising the accounting staff.
The human resources department is responsible for recruiting, hiring and maintaining adequate staff to support THA’s mission. These efforts include participation in job fairs, internal training opportunities and maintaining THA’s benefits and wellness plans. General service functions include supervision of the central copy room and internal mail services for all THA locations.
The security department is responsible for providing security at all of THA’s family and elderly communities. Security personnel also monitor the Drug Hotline which residents may call anonymously to report any suspected drug use or drug sales in their communities. The security department reports to the vice president of rental assistance.
The information technology department is responsible for the administration of THA’s network infrastructure, including wide area network communications to THA’s apartment communities. The department delivers services in alignment with client requirements, in part by creating and maintaining software applications for use by THA staff.
The communications department is responsible for providing timely updates and news related to THA and its projects. This department oversees all THA web and digital properties (including social media), publications, marketing and media relations.