About UMHA

The mission of the Municipal; Housing Authority of the City of Utica, New York (UMHA) is to be a leader in the housing industry by providing safe, clean and affordable housing opportunities to low income persons while promoting self-sufficiency, upward mobility, and customer satisfaction. Established in 1937, the UMHA was one of the first housing authorities formed in the U.S. It employs a staff of 63.

The UMHA is a housing authority created pursuant to New York State Public Housing Law and the United States Housing Act of 1937. It is a public corporation affiliated with the City of Utica which receives direct funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to operate public housing as well as Housing Choice voucher programs.

With integrity, high ethical standards, and competence, the UMHA is committed to transparently provide, develop and offer low-income residents of the City of Utica:

  • Quality affordable housing opportunities;
  • Neighborhood revitalization, housing rehabilitation, and stabilization activities;
  • Partnerships with private and public entities to optimize resources through innovative programs;
  • Efficient and effective management of resources;
  • Education, literacy, social, career development and economic self-sufficiency programs.

The UMHA Board of Commissioners is composed of seven members. Five board members are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Utica and two are elected by the residents of the Housing Authority developments.

The UMHA is the major provider of subsidized housing in Utica and operates public housing units as well as a Housing Choice rental assistance program. The Housing Authority owns and operates 999 public housing and subsidized units and is the administrator of a Housing Choice rental assistance program. The UMHA has successfully administered home rehabilitation, public housing modernization, HUD ARRA grants, energy improvement, housing development, youth, human and community service, job training, and educational programs.

The UMHA has become one of the premier housing authorities and community development agencies in New York State. The UMHA has been designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a high performing housing authority. UMHA has demonstrated proof positive experience in public housing development and management that has been lauded by HUD and the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR).

Among the continuing successes of the UMHA are:

  • High occupancy rates of public housing developments;
  • Strong financial reserves and annual fund balances;
  • Fully functional resident services and case management department;
  • Successful completion of the HOPE VI rental and homeownership program;
  • Highly regarded Modernization Department that has leveraged over $16,000,000 in grants and financing to rehabilitate public housing units and install energy improvements;
  • Operational resident councils that provide input into housing authority practices and protect tenant rights;
  • Continued high scores on public housing assessment systems.

The UMHA employs best practices from leading property management companies to effectively manage the largest rental portfolio in Central New York. Our portfolio consists of a total of 999 units of six Asset Management Property (AMPs) and 12 properties. The following is a list of our properties: