This primary function of any housing authority is to administer and maintain the assisted housing communities for which they are funded. However, in order to meet our responsibilities as a member of the Fayetteville-Cumberland County community we realize that our role must be expanded to include other services to our residents.
Resident or community services come in many forms. Some programs are temporary in nature, others have been a mainstay for many years. However, every program instituted by FMHA and/or sponsored or co-sponsored by FMHA or others must meet the requirements set forth by the Authority. Generally speaking, each program must address safety/security concerns, protect the resident’s privacy and peaceful enjoyment of their homes, be non-discriminatory and comply with all local, state, and federal requirements, laws and ordinances.
The Fayetteville Metropolitan Housing Authority concluded that education is a fundamental right of every citizen. We have systematically increased our efforts to provide opportunities to our residents to achieve their educational goals. We realize that in a lot of households the atmosphere is not conducive to learning. We also know that assistance with school assignments is not available to all our children. FMHA has provided funds for the operation for several homework centers in our larger communities. These centers are staffed by certified teachers and assistants who provide the assistance and guidance to the children of the communities.
FMHA also provides financial support to schools that serve the assisted housing communities in which they are located. These schools provide after school programs for children and their families and recognize outstanding participants with prizes and certificates provided by FMHA.
Other agencies, churches, civic clubs, institutions of higher education, and others provide various programs designed to improve the lives of public housing residents and members of the community at large. Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girls and Boys Clubs, Meals for the Homeless, and Mental Health programs are just a few of the activities made available by these partner organizations. The housing authority actively supports these efforts financially or by use of FMHA facilities.