William Simmons Executive Director

I want to personally welcome you to the Syracuse Housing Authority, a dynamic force in the city of Syracuse, New York. We own or manage fifteen residential developments in the city, with more than 2,500 apartments. We provide not only a great place to make your home, but a great place to work and do business. We are a strong force working to reshape the city of Syracuse in a positive way and develop a better future for the people of Central New York.

When you look at the details, you will see that we are efficient in our goals: providing safe homes and communities; providing good options for the kind of apartment or house people can call home; caring for and developing neighborhoods that have community centers, parks, gardens, trees, and attractive buildings.

Most importantly, we are a community of people actively seeking to improve the lives of everyone we meet. We provide self-sufficiency programs and encourage individual growth among every age group and socio-economic class.

We are glad you have chosen to be part of our efforts and our vision.Bill Simmons,
Executive Director of Syracuse Housing Authority

Housing

Syracuse Housing Authority owns and manages 15 housing developments with over 2,500 apartments. Just over half the apartments are designated for the elderly or disabled with the remainder set aside for families.

The Syracuse Housing Authority operates the tenant based housing choice voucher program which provides subsidies to private landlords on behalf of more than 3,000 low income families.

Our Mission

SHA’s mission is to provide quality, safe and affordable housing, to create opportunities for residents’ self sufficiency and economic independence, and to empower individual potential in an environment where people want to live, work, and build communities.

Syracuse Housing Authority Board of Commissioners

The officials of SHA are known as commissioners or, collectively, as the board of commissioners. Commissioners are appointed in accordance with state housing law and generally serve in the same capacity as the directors of a corporation, establishing policies under which the SHA conducts business, ensuring that policies are followed by SHA staff and ensuring that the SHA is successful in its mission. The board is responsible for preserving and expanding the agency’s resources and assuring the agency’s continued viability. Formal actions of the SHA are taken through written resolutions, adopted by the board of commissioners and entered into the official records of the SHA.

The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners has seven members: five are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Syracuse and serve five-year terms; two are elected by the residents of SHA’s housing developments and serve two-year terms. The Authority Commissioners are not paid.

The Board upholds the Syracuse Housing Authority’s mission by establishing administrative policies in accordance with HUD rules and regulations, approving contracts and other obligations as well as appointing the Executive Director.

SHA is administered by a seven-member volunteer Board of Commissioners: Kate Holmes, Gladys J. Smith, Jerlene Harper, Bruce Conner, Christopher Montgomery, Walter Dixie, and Michael Collins.

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Bruce Connor

Chair

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Kate Holmes

Commissioner

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Gladys J. Smith

Commissioner

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Christopher Montgomery

Commissioner

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Walt Dixie

Commissioner

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Jerlene Harper

Commissioner

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Michael Collins

Commissioner

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