A lot of these were built in the late 50s and 60s. We have put a lot of time and money into them to keep them livable. Over the years, there has been a lot of effort made to improve the quality of life for these folks, Harding said.
Although federal funding has decreased, Harding said that they try to maintain these properties as best as we can and that police officers have been assigned to the different areas to change the image of the neighborhoods as high crime areas.We are subsidized by the Federal government. Technically, they are supposed to fund us the difference between what we collect in rent and our expenses but in recent years because of cuts we have received only about 82 percent of the funding we are entitled to, he explained. We also receive a Modernization grant each year but that has gone down about 55 percent in the last 12 years.
Harding says the LHA, which is typically staffed by 14 office and maintenance employees, operates on a budget of $1.5 million to $2 million a year.
Harding is a 1962 graduate of Lebanon High School, a 1967 graduate of University of Tennessee-Knoxville and served two years in the United States Army. He is married to Brenda Harding and has two step-children and three grandchildren.
A search committee to hire a new Executive Director is being led by Chairman of the LHA Board Larry Hubbard, with the help of volunteers Liz Reese, Ronnie Kelly and Vice Chair Bill Durham.
Henry has run the housing authority very well and we hate to see him leave, Hubbard said. He will be missed. His leadership was very strong.
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