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Etowah Housing Authority

Etowah, Tennessee

Our Mission

The mission of Etowah Housing Authority is to promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity, and a suitable living environment free from discrimination.

What We Do

Etowah Housing Authority (EHA) was established in 1951 to offer adequate and affordable housing to serve residents of the City of Etowah and McMinn County in Tennessee. We administer 136 Public Housing units and 122 Section 8 Vouchers, providing housing for low-income individuals, families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. We are committed to providing valuable resident opportunities, including the Resident Advisory Board (RAB). Through strategic partnerships, we are able to provide additional resident services such as our Summer Feeding Program, made possible by our partnership with the YMCA, and various senior activities and opportunities provided through our partnership with the Senior Center.

Housing Programs

Section 8

Lindsey Womac, Section 8 Manager

EHA receives federal funds from HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) to administer 122 Section 8 Vouchers. The eligibility guidelines for the Section 8 program are determined by EHA. If you would like to check the status of our waitlist for Section 8, please call 423.263.2674 and select Option #4.

Public Housing

Emily Clark, Public Housing Manager

EHA administers 136 Public Housing Units and is recognized by HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) as a High Performer in Public Housing. Public Housing at EHA is income based, and the eligibility guidelines are set by HUD. If you would like to check the status of the waitlist for Public Housing, please call 423.263.2674 and select Option #4.


Ken Thornton, Maintenance Supervisor

Largent Sneed, Maintenance Staff

Vincent McDermott, Maintenance Staff

Maintenance services are available to Public Housing residents, Section 8 program participants should contact their landlord with maintenance concerns.

For maintenance emergencies during work hours, please call 423.263.2048, leave a detailed message, and the issue will be processed in a timely manner (non-emergency calls will be addressed the following business day).

For maintenance emergencies on weekends and after-hours on weekdays, please call 423.333.1028. If the emergency number is called, and it is a non-emergency, you will be charged according to our maintenance charge sheet.

Considered emergencies are:

  • Fire
  • Gas leak or smell of gas
  • Any issue with smoke detectors
  • Total heat loss below 50 degrees
  • No electricity
  • Water leak
    • Busted water lines
    • Overflowing commode
    • Leaking water heater

For Medical, Safety, or Life-Threatening Emergencies, please dial 911.

History of Etowah

The City of Etowah in McMinn County, Tennessee, was founded in the early 1900s when it was a bustling center for the mining and railroad industries. Etowah is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and has many local landmarks, including the historic L& N (Louisville & Nashville Railroad) Depot. Etowah is full of friendly residents and small-town charm and is a place where history and natural beauty meet to create a unique and memorable experience!

Map showing the location of Etowah in Tennessee.
Serving the City of Etowah & McMinn County

A Message From Our
Executive Director

We here at Etowah Housing Authority (EHA) seek to provide a great place to live, to give dignity and respect that everyone deserves, care and compassion to all, and a friendly face or voice when you interact with anyone from EHA. We want everyone to grow and succeed in their time here and make this a home for as long as you are with us at EHA. Thank you for letting us serve you.

Rolando Scapellato, Executive Director

Domestic Violence Protections

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) expands housing protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Changes under VAWA 2013 include extending protections to survivors of sexual assault; allowing survivors who remain in the unit to establish eligibility or find new housing when a lease is bifurcated; providing survivors with emergency transfers; and additional notification to applicants and tenants of housing rights under VAWA. While these changes substantially extend VAWA's coverage to include most affordable housing programs, they provide no protection to tenants in private market-rate housing but do apply to tenants with vouchers in private market-housing.

EHA will provide all protection under VAWA 2013 to program participants and family members of program participants who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking from being evicted or terminated from housing assistance based on acts of such violence against them.

Learn more about VAWA here.

No Smoking Policy

In compliance with HUD rulings, all EHA offices and public housing properties are smoke-free. Smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of any EHA building.

Map showing the location of Etowah in Tennessee.
Serving the City of Etowah & McMinn County