Who We Are
The Watertown Housing Authority is a New York State public housing authority, subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Housing Authorities were established to provide decent, safe and affordable rental housing for eligible low-income families, elderly and seniors, and persons with disabilities. Housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to high-rise apartments for the elderly and/or persons with disabilities. There are approximately 1.3 million households serviced through units across the country and managed by some 3,300 Housing Authorities (HAs).
The Watertown Housing Authority, established in 1948 by the Mayor of Watertown, NY, Henry A. Hudson, designated a five member Housing Authority Commission, which was vested with full powers, to consider housing needs, under New York State Public Housing Law, for the Watertown area. This was the start of the Watertown Housing Authority.
For decades, the Watertown Housing Authority has continued to grow and service families across the city. Today, WHA manages seven subsidized communities successfully built to support the ever growing population since 1952.