Public Housing is a service available to needy individuals and families that provides
assisted housing in an effort to help those recipients to become financially independent.
The Housing Authority of the City of Decatur owns and operates public housing units
in a great downtown location. There are 98 units in Swanton Heights and 191 units
in Allen Wilson (80 of which are located in the Oliver House Building). This housing
has helped the City of Decatur meet its commitment to families of limited financial
means. Allen Wilson Terrace started serving families in 1941 and Swanton Heights
was first occupied in 1970. Thousands of families have benefited from these housing
resources since 1941 when Allen Wilson was first occupied. Judge Clarence Cooper
and former State Representative Georgia Maddox are just two of the successful products
of Decatur's public housing.
The Housing Authority consistently maintains its commitment to upgrading its properties
through the installation of air conditioning systems, upgrading stairwells, repairing
and replacing sidewalks and many other projects. Efforts to better meet the current
profile of families needing public housing are being undertaken, including reconfiguring
units to the most needed sizes.