Friday, October 19, 2018

AGENCY HISTORY AND ORGANIZATION

 

The Housing Authority of Jefferson Parish (HAJP) was established on April 16, 1953, pursuant to a resolution of the Police Jury of Jefferson Parish.  The HAJP is chartered as a political subdivision under the laws of the State of Louisiana (LSA-R.S. 40:391).  The HAJP was created to administer funds, through the issuance of bonds HUD annual contributions contract, to promote decent, safe and sanitary housing for lower income families that cannot afford standard private housing.  The HAJP developed its first public housing in 1963 (Acre Road Housing Development).

 

The HAJP is governed by a nine (9) member Board of Commissioners.  Seven (7) of the members are appointed by the Jefferson Parish Council, one (1) member is appointed by the Parish Council President and one (1) member is appointed by the Board of Directors of the Marrero Tenants Organization.  Unless appointed to fill an unexpired term, the term of each member of the Board of Commissioners is five (5) years. 

 

The Chief Executive Officer of the HAJP is the Executive Director, who is appointed by the Board of Commissioners.   Some administrative functions, such as Accounting, General Counsel and Section 8 Program Management, are performed by outside Contractors.  .  With the exception of the Executive Director and Assistant Director, all employees of the HAJP are classified employees within the civil service system