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Kinston Housing Quarterly Newsletter-Spring 2022

Debra Johnson Appointed Resident Commissioner of KHA

Debra Johnson with two other people.

Pictured (L to R): Mayor Don Hardy, Debra Johnson-KHA Commissioner, Brooketah Banks, KHA Board Chairperson

Debra Johnson was appointed Resident Commissioner of the KHA Board by Mayor Don Hardy at the board meeting on April 21.  Commissioner Johnson has played in several gospel groups and choirs in Kinston. She is looking forward to giving back to her community as she serves as a KHA Commissioner. Welcome Debra Johnson!

Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Graduates

Three FSS Graduates.

Char-Keva Hodge (center), FSS Graduate

Char-Keva Hodge is KHA's first dual program graduate. Char-Keva plans to provide a better life for her son, to re-enroll in college to earn her degree, and to become a homeowner. She initially enrolled in the Public Housing FSS Program where she quickly began escrowing, and later joined the HCV FSS program. She was able to accomplish her goals in under 5 years and received her escrow from both programs.

Two FSS Graduates.

Jasmine Wade (right), FSS Graduate

Jasmine is not only a Public Housing FSS graduate, she's also a Homeowner. Jasmine is the mother of six children, works fulltime, and attends college part-time as a Criminal Justice major. Jasmine's long-term goals are to become self-employed and to enjoy taking vacations with her family.

Woman standing behind the Kinston Housing Authority Sign.

Donyelle Simmons, FSS Graduate

Donyelle Simmons is our most recent graduate of the HCV FSS program. During her time on the program, she gained reliable transportation and improved her credit score over 60 points. After graduating, she plans to transition to the Homeownership program so she can own her very first home.  


Join the FSS Program

Join the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Today!

KHA's Family Self-Sufficiency Program is a voluntary program for participants of the Public Housing and HCV (Section 8) programs. Its goal is to help families become financially and economically independent of welfare systems and government assistance.

Advantages Include:  Credit Counseling, Educational Goal Setting, Job Training, Homeownership Classes, Escrow Savings Accounts, and Community Resources for Employment, Education, Child Care, Etc.

Interested? Contact a FSS Coordinator today!

Public Housing: Tyree' Smith 252-523-1195 ext. 224

Section 8: Makeda Mateen 252-523-1195 ext. 226


The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon Monoxide Flyer.

Second Carbon Monoxide Flyer.


Lenoir County Re-Entry Council Community Resource Fair

Brandi Graham, Property Manager, represented KHA at the Community Resource Fair on April 14.

Lenoir Co Reentry Fair Entry.

Digital Resource ROVER

Digital Resource Rover Flyer.

Resident Reminders

Timely Rent Payments

Rent is DUE and payable the 1st of the month.

On the 6th day of the month, a $15 Late Fee is charged.

A Summons charge of $126 is applied to your rental balance 30 days after the Late Fee charge.

Once you have received 4 Summons Charges in a calendar year, (January 1 to December 31), you will be terminated from Public Housing


Statements, account notices, and important documents are sent to you throughout the month. Check your mailbox regularly to stay up-to-date!

Section 3

KHA is conducting an outreach effort to notify residents of potential employment opportunities with employers who may have training and employment positions available. If you wish to be considered for future openings, please stop by Central Office  (608 N. Queen St.) to pick up an application or call Tyree' Smith at  252-523-1195 ex.244

For Rent




Qualifications: Age 62 and older or disabled/handicapped

Rent is based on your income

Applications can be picked up at the locations listed below or the Kinston Housing Authority's Central Office, 608 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC 28501

Kinston Towers

 511 N. Queen Street             252-527-8926

Six Churches Plaza

107 Peyton Avenue               252-527-7984

Roland  L. Paylor Apartments

214 W. Washington Ave.    252-523-1601

Candle Safety

Candle safety flyer.

Upcoming Capital Improvements

Simon Bright: Demolition (80 Apts.), Electrical (40 Apts.), Roof Replacement

Mitchell Wooten: Roof Replacement

Jack Rountree: Roof Replacement

Kinston Towers, Six Churches, & Paylor: Repaving & Door Lock Replacement

Upcoming Holiday Closings

Kinston Housing Authority Offices will be closed on the following days:

Memorial Day:                    Monday, May 30

Juneteenth:                        Monday, June 20

Independence Day:             Monday, July 4


Contact Us

Kinston Housing Authority

608 N. Queen St.


Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 5:30pm

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