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The Housing Authority of the City of Canton was established in 1952 with the purpose of providing decent, safe, and sanitary housing at an affordable cost.Canton Housing Authority is located in the city of Canton approximately 30 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, and falls within the jurisdiction of Madison County.  The Canton Housing Authority (CHA) efficiently operates 150 low-income public housing units located between two (2) developments (Joe Prichard and Pat Doherty Homes) that are centrally located within the city limits.

The public housing authority (PHA)  is not a federal department or federal agency.  The public housing program is administered at the local level by PHAs authorized by State legislation and generally established by action of a town, city, county, regional area or state.

The agency is managed by an executive director, Stanford H. Beasley, and a five (5) member Board of Commissioners.