The mission of MHA is to “To create affordable, sustainable housing while improving the quality of life for families and encouraging independence”.
The Housing Authority of the City of Montgomery, often referred to as the Montgomery Housing Authority (MHA) was formed by a State of Alabama Charter on June 9, 1939. Rich in history, MHA like the City of Montgomery, has a storied past. Montgomery was the second city in the country to host government owned public housing communities. The first two public housing communities were commissioned by the Federal Works Administration and acquired by MHA in 1940. They would become MHA’s first two managed properties, William B. Paterson Court and Riverside Heights. Both properties underwent immediate expansion to meet affordable housing needs, while MHA’s first newly constructed public housing community was underway-Cleveland Court.
With the goal of not only developing affordable housing, but relieving the city of substandard housing, MHA razed a blighted section of distressed homes at Cleveland Avenue and Mill Street and developed in its place Cleveland Court (Home to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks 1951-1957). Together Paterson Court, Riverside Heights, and Cleveland Court became the first three public housing communities owned and operated by MHA. Victor Tulane Court and Trenholm Court came online a few years later in 1952 and 1954, respectively.
During the 1960’s-1980’s, MHA added to its stock of affordable housing developments; Smiley Court, Gibbs Village, Cedar Park, and Richardson Terrace. Of those four properties, three remain: Smiley Court, Gibbs Village (which is now Gibbs Village East and Gibbs Village West), and Richardson Terrace, which underwent an award winning renovation in 2011 and is known today simply as The Terrace.
In recent years, MHA has aggressively sought to renovate and redevelop its housing stock. The former Victor Tulane Court site has been redeveloped into two separate developments. Victor Tulane Gardens was completed in 2005. The Plaza at Centennial Hill, a mixed-income development opened in 2013. MHA currently has eight public housing properties; Paterson Court, Cleveland Court, Smiley Court, Gibbs Village East, Gibbs Village West, The Terrace, Victor Tulane Gardens, and The Plaza at Centennial Hill.