In February of 1970, the Linn County Board of Commissioners created the Linn County Housing Authority. At the same time the Benton County Board of Commissioners created the Benton County Housing Authority. One staff ran both housing authorities. Then, in 1979, by joint resolution, the two Counties merged the housing authorities into one public agency.
The Linn-Benton Housing Authority was jointly created by Linn and Benton Counties to address the need for affordable housing in our community. It is an independent public corporation. The Housing Authority contracts with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer rental assistance programs at the local level.
The Housing Authority serves over 2,600 families in the two-county area, paying over $14 million annually in rental subsidies directly to area landowners, and employing approximately 30 local residents.