In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt and the U.S. Congress came to the realization that many people were struggling to put roofs over their heads that they could afford. The Great Depression and also the “Dust Bowl” era caused much of this problem, but it was also recognition of a little understood problem regarding homeless or barely-surviving people living in the United States. The Public Housing Act of 1937 established public housing for ordinary Americans and also included separate consideration for American Indians. Later the program was expanded to allow Section 8 housing so low-income individuals could live in areas of their choice.
MHA was created in 1940 to assist low-income residents. In 1941 the first residents began moving into the 184 units located at Spring Brook Courts. They consisted of a mix of low-income individuals and military personnel and their families. In 1971 MHA could build Spring Valley for housing elderly. As HUD loosened rules regarding elderly housing to include singles, MHA found that they could serve more individuals by also adding Hillside Heights in 1971 to their holdings. The three developments sit on a combined total of more than 40 acres of land. MHA currently serves a multi-ethnic population.
184 units - Family development (54 1-bedrooms, 87 2-bedrooms, 31 3-bedrooms, 12 4-bedrooms)
These units are laid out in a court format and consist of 1 and 2-story duplexes and row houses. There are 51 buildings: 6 3-plexes, 10 6-plexes, 7 8-plexes, 11 1-story duplexes and 14 2-story duplexes, administration building, maintenance building, and community center/laundry facilities. The main office is located at Spring Brooks Courts at 4141 11 Avenue A. All units carry individual street addresses. These addresses were assigned in 1998 to take away the stigma of having an address that included a Spring Brook designation. There is also a park area containing a basketball court, children’s playground, 2 pavilions (with picnic tables) and various benches scattered around.
182 units - Senior/singles development (130 efficiencies, 52 1-bedrooms)
These units are 1-story built on the hill area. There are 19 buildings: 9 4-plex bungalows, 9 row houses and an administration building containing offices, storage garage, laundry facilities and community room. All units carry individual apartment numbers. The Executive Director office and Section 8 are located here at 1150 41 Street.
120 units - Senior/singles development (77 efficiencies, 42 1-bedrooms, 1 2-bedrooms)
These units are located in a 9-story high-rise building located at 825 17 Street. All units carry individual apartment numbers. There is an office, which is manned a few days a week. The ground floor consists of community rooms, office and maintenance storage areas. There are also laundry facilities on the 3rd, 6th and 8th floors.
There are 22 individuals employed at MHA. The Executive Director and Section 8 employee are located at Spring Valley. Two Maintenance workers are located at Hillside Heights. The remaining employees are located at Spring Brook, split between the main office building and the maintenance/garage building.
A COP program was established in the early 1990’s between the MHA & the Moline Police Department. The first officers were the normal beat officers. It was later made into a 2-officer unit with an office located in Spring Brook at 1052 42 Street. The COP serves all 3 developments.
Fire Station 4 located two blocks away from Spring Brook/Spring Valley service those locations for fire and preliminary emt services. Fire Station 3 located on Coal Town Road provides ambulance and emt services for those locations. Hillside Heights is serviced by Fire Station 1 for all services.
MHA is close to or on the bus route to shopping, movie theater, restaurants, public library, schools and city services.
There are many activities available for residents if they choose to take part.
Welcome to the Moline Housing Authority website. The Moline Housing Authority provides affordable housing to low income households that qualify with HUD standards. As the MHA chairperson, I am proud to work with the Executive Director, John Afoun, and our outstanding staff. It is because of their commitment and talents that we are able to give people a safe, well-kept environment. Leslie Stange-Crotty, ChairpersonMore...