Oxford Housing Authority was organized in the late 1960s with the construction of the first multi-family housing complex in Oxford. The Mayor, Board of Aldermen and citizens of Oxford strongly support the Oxford Housing Authority and the families we so proudly serve.
The Authority has grown and now consists of 212 rental housing units. We have 128 units at C.B. Webb, Laurel Grove has 22 units, Willow Knoll has 12 units and Wayne Johnson has 50 rental units.
As the City's slogan states, Oxford really is A Nice Place to Live. Oxford is home to the University of Mississippi, which allows our citizens access to many cultural and educational opportunities. The City's school system is among the very best in the State of Mississippi with a Level 5 rating. The unemployment rate in Lafayette County has been the lowest in the State for many years. Having been named by numerous magazines and surveys as one of the top retirement sites in the nation, Oxford has many amenities, organizations and opportunities that enrich the lives of its residents.
Public housing was established to provide safe affordable rental housing for low-income families, elderly individuals and persons with disabilities. We have four complexes located within the city limits.
The HCV Program commonly referred to as Section 8 is financed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide rent subsidies in the form of housing assistance payments (HAP) to private landlords on behalf of low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities.
Oxford Housing Authority's Community Policing Program began in 1989 as a joint effort between the Authority and Oxford Police Department to rid our public housing communities of any problems. The Community Policing Program was so successful that the Oxford Police Department made the public housing police officers a division within the Department. Today, the Public Housing Division of the Oxford Police Department has three substations. The Oxford Police Department is regularly quoted as saying that our public housing communities are among the safest communities in the City of Oxford. Our Housing Police are very active in the community. They organize several different events for the children and elderly throughout the year.
We also have numerous other programs that are in place to assist the children in our community. We have tutoring on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for children between the ages of K-6th grade. We also have activities for children on Thursday in our conference room at C.B. Webb. Every year the Housing Officers deliver gift baskets to our elderly residents. The Housing Authority and our officers are committed to our community and our residents.