The Newburyport Housing Authority (NHA) was established in 1948 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Newburyport to provide decent, safe and affordable housing opportunities for the residents of Newburyport.
A political subdivision of the state, the Housing Authority is governed by a five member board of commissioners. Four members are appointed by the mayor and one member is appointed by the governor. All members serve five year terms. The Board sets the policy of the Housing Authority and employs an Executive Director to administer the operations of the agency. The NHA was chartered as a Federal Housing Authority in 1951. The Newburyport Housing Authority oversees both state and federal housing programs.
NHA also retains legal counsel and a fee accountant. All operations of the Housing Authority are subject to review of private and public annual audits as well as management reviews from several regulatory agencies. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are the two main regulatory agencies that oversee the operations of the authority.
NHA through Management Agreements also oversees and manages the day to day operations of the West Newbury Housing Authority portfolio as well as the Newburyport Affordable Housing Corporation's portfolio.
NHA also manages the properties for three Chp. 689 program group homes.