Elkhart Housing Authority
1396 Benham Ave. Elkhart Indiana 46516
Board of Commissioners
HOW COMMISSIONERS ARE APPOINTED:
Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Elkhart. There are seven commissioners on the board, (one of which must be a recipient of housing assistance) and their terms are in accordance with state law. Commissioners may serve successive terms, if allowed by the Mayor.
HOW COMMISSIONERS GET THINGS DONE:
Commissioners have the duty to ensure fiduciary responsibility, pass resolutions and policies for the governance of the housing authority. Commissioners hire the Executive Director who is the chief executive officer of the Authority and is charged with the day to day management of the housing programs of the Authority, and who executes the policies adopted by the Commissioners. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Executive Director will keep Commissioners informed about current policies, regulations, and changes in policies which need to be made.
COMMISSIONERS STAY INFORMED:
The Executive Director will inform the Commissioners of change in regulation or policy at a federal or state level which need to be made. Commissioners review state laws, policies of the housing authority, HUD rules and regulations, federal regulation and law, know the differences between the roles of Commissioners and the Executive Director, and have a good working relationship with the Executive Director. Commissioners attend workshops, training and seminars to keep up to date on current issues concerning public housing authorities.
COMMISSIONERS MUST BE CONCERNED:
Commissioners must be concerned about the well being of the residents and the property of the authority. Commissioners talk with residents, visit the various housing communities, attend resident meetings, and work with social service agencies to provide services for the residents.