Anthony E. Woods, CEO

Message from the Executive Director & CEO

The Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach (HACDB) is organized under Florida law to develop, acquire, lease and operate affordable housing for income eligible families: As such, the HACDB has a corporate commitment that promises we will treat all stakeholders and partners fairly, respectfully and with dignity, while conducting business with the highest ethical standards......."and" effect positive change in lives and communities citywide.

These core values reflect the service, trust, and progress we aspire to impact within HACDB and its managed / owned property and programs, while changing lives and communities for the better. I'm honored that the Board has entrusted me to carry out these values while leading the Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach.

On April 8, 1938, the City Commission of Daytona Beach created the Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach and five (5) board members were appointed. In September of that same year an office was established and an executive director was appointed. This was the inception of planning and development of affordable housing for the city. The local authority requested an earmarking of funds in the amount of a million dollars, half to be used for Pine Haven Project (Blacks) (later renamed Bethune Village) and half for Halifax Park Project (Whites).

Pine Haven and Halifax Park were both extended over the years and freed of its color barriers. In 2005 both sites were demolished utilizing a revitalization grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) referred to as HOPE VI. South Street Apartments (later renamed Martin Luther King, Jr. Apartments) was constructed in 1951 and was demolished in 2006 under HOPE VI as well. HOPE VI addresses physical and economic needs of housing and the community as a whole. Other affordable housing inventory built over the years includes Palmetto Park, 1959 and 1960; Caroline Village, 1965; Windsor Apartments, 1967; Maley Apartments, 1972; and Northwood Village and Walnut Oaks, 1985. Through HUD’s Capital Fund Program, we are continuously improving our housing stock. Funding has decreased in recent years for all PHA’s, making it is necessary that we seek alternative affordable housing funding sources.

It’s an exciting time at the Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach. The HACD recently closed out two successful HOPE VI Grants (Bethune Village (Pine Haven)/Halifax Park and MLK (South Street). The HOPE VI grants yielded, three newly constructed sites: Villages at Halifax, Lakeside Village, and Pine Haven (the original name has been restored). The HACDB partnered with Picerne Development Corporation to manage and oversee all operational aspects for these new sites.

The community and supportive services component of HOPE VI continues to transform the lives of residents for the better through educational opportunities, job skills and money management training, homeownership etc. Their efforts are to be applauded.

The HACDB will continue pursuing redevelopment endeavors and innovative programs to enhance the lives of our residents and neighboring communities.

Anthony E. Woods, Executive Director & CEO


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