On April 29, 2015, Bristol Redevelopment & Housing Authority (BRHA) was among a handful of Virginia public housing authorities who were recognized for 75 years of service to their communities at the Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Agencies’ (VAHCDO’s) 2015 Annual Spring Conference. Dave Baldwin, BRHA executive director, made a brief presentation at the Conference’s General Session. Baldwin said that BRHA has done many positive things for Bristol during their 75-year history — removing blight, creating economic development opportunities, building apartment complexes and providing education and training opportunities. “However, the most fundamental thing we have done for our city for three-quarters of a century is provide A Place to Call Home for thousands of families who cannot compete in the private housing market.” Following his comments celebratory plaques were presented by Michael Wong, President of VAHCDO, and by Michael Hawkins, Director of Community Housing with the Virginia Housing Development Authority, an industry partner.
Founded in 1938, BRHA is the second-oldest PHA in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It provides safe, attractive, affordable housing for low-income families in the City of Bristol, Virginia, and the opportunity for families and individuals to achieve a higher standard of living. For additional information see our 2014 75th Anniversary Edition of our Annual Report.