The Newburyport Housing Authority (NHA) was established in 1948 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and City of Newburyport to provide decent, safe, affordable housing opportunities for the residents of Newburyport. A political subdivision of the state, the Housing Authority is governed by a five member board of commissioners. Four members are appointed by the mayor and one member is appointed by the governor. All members serve five year terms. The Board sets the policy of the Housing Authority and employs an Executive Director to administer the operations of the agency. The NHA was chartered as a Federal Housing Authority in 1951.
The board also retains legal counsel and a fee accountant. All operations of the Housing Authority are subject review of private and public annual audits and management reviews from several regulatory agencies, mainly the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of housing and Community Development (DHCD)and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). There is also some private sector funding.