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The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) is committed to stabilizing and revitalizing neighborhoods, channeling available resources and information needed to provide Jackson residents with services in affordable housing, economic development, special needs, and community service programs. The Department administers a range of Federal funded programs providing opportunities for affordable home ownership, loans and grants for special needs housing programs, rental assistance, community facilities, and programs. The Department also provides loans for down payment and closing cost assistance, and assists in h
ome-ownership preparedness. 

Our funded programs include the:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • HOME Investment Partnership  Grant (HOME)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons With Aids Grant (HOPWA)
  • Lead Safe Jackson Housing Program

Our funded programs are designed to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate-income households.


OHCD manages federal grant money given to the City of Jackson from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by taking, selecting, and distributing funds to local service providers. The OHCD does not provide individuals money

Fair Housing

OHCD is dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination and promoting fair housing through the investigation of housing discrimination complaints and through education and outreach.

It is against the law to discriminate against a renter or home buyer based on that person's

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • National origin
  • Disability
  • Familial status (having children)
  • Age (older than 40) or
  • Veteran's status       

    OHCD is committed to delivering its services to Jackson Residents through fiscal responsibility, transparency, customer service, and efficiency.


Deputy Director
Vanessa Henderson
218 S. President Street; Second Floor
Jackson, MS 39202
Ph: 601-960-2155
Fax: 601-354-4555

Development Assistance Division: Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program & Housing Opportunities for Person with AIDS Grant (HOPWA) Program 
Linda Caldwell, Assistant Manager
Ph: 601-960-1865 
Fax: 601-354-4555  
HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
Valerie Tucker, Manager
Ph: 601-960-4238
Fax: 601-354-4555