Our mission is to provide a good place to live in a nice community.

The Housing Authority of the City of New Bern is a public housing authority managing affordable apartments in the New Bern, North Carolina, area. Our housing developments offer clean and healthy living environments for reasonable rents scaled by income. We also have a number of community empowerment and enrichment programs available. Discover for yourself how public housing can be an excellent stepping stone towards moving into your own home.

Established in 1933, construction of housing projects began in 1939. From 1940 through 1953, 579 apartments were built, with additional construction continuing well into the 1950s. In 1979, we added another inventory of housing units specifically for seniors. Currently, the Housing Authority consists of two developments: Trent Court and the New Bern Towers. Each community has its own charm and distinct qualities. We welcome you to visit our communities and consider making your home with us.



From the Interim Executive Director

Tharesa Chadwick Lee
Interim Executive Director


Providing shelter for the citizens of our great city is a privilege that we do not take likely.  Our goal is to provide excellent customer service by treating all our public housing residents with care, compassion, respect, and dignity.  We commit to the same with our partners and stakeholders as we move forward in providing quality housing.  The goal of providing, decent, safe, sanitary, and quality housing is always in front and we strive for excellence in this service.  “It is hard to argue that housing is not a fundamental human need. Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. The reason is simple: without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.” Matthew Desmond

Prior to her role as Interim Executive Director, Tharesa Lee served as Interim Executive Director at The Filling Station and facilitator of the executive search committee; she is the past People Lead Planner/CNI Outreach Manager with the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, a New Bern Housing Authority and City of New Bern partnership, where she facilitated several task forces, built community initiatives, connected needs to community resources. She was also the facilitator and creator of CNI Grassroots Leadership Academy in partnership with NC A&T Cooperative Extension Community Voices graduating 33 community members through collaborations, engagement and partnerships. Tharesa is a retired City of New Bern employee serving in several roles at the City including, but not limited to: Administrator/Executive Director of Neuse River Community Development Corporation, facilitating homeownership in the city. 

She has served the community in many ways, including, but not limited to: New Bern Redevelopment Commission Chair; United Way of NC Board Member, Chair; FEMA Emergency Solutions Grant; member of African American Signs Committee; Swiss Bear Economic Opportunity Chair; Arts to End Genocide board member; CARTS Board Member; Chamber of Commerce Board Member; and Coordinator of  #GivingTuesday global/local initiative. Tharesa is also a past 2016 Chamber of Commerce Chair; Chamber Nonprofit Council Chair; Chamber Minority Business Council Chair and Board Member; Past United Way of Coastal Carolina President; Past CARTS Chairman; Co-Founder Neuse-Trent Housing Alliance; Past Craven DSS Advisory Board Member; City of New Bern 300th Anniversary Co-chair Cultural committee; Past Craven Community College Scholarship Committee member; Revive 5 Economic Development Committee; Past NBAMPO Citizens Advisory Committee Chair; Past President of the statewide NC Housing Coalition, membership organization; NC Nonprofit Awareness Month Taskforce; Past University of Mount Olive Alumni Board of Directors. 

She is a graduate of Coastal Carolina Community College, AAS; BA, University of Mount Olive College; MA, Liberty University (specialization in Marriage and Family), Duke University Certificate in Nonprofit Management, NC Rural Center Institute of Economic Development, NC Rural Center Entrepreneurship Program, graduate of the Women in Politics Institute and the NC Institute of Political Leadership; Graduate of Craven Community College Small Business Center Entrepreneur Academy and Leadership Craven. She is also a Certified Housing Counselor and Certified Grassroots Facilitator. She has won many awards for her servant leadership style, namely, National Jefferson Award for Public Service, University of Mount Olive College Hall of Fame Award, Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award, City of New Bern Employee of the Year, MLK Outreach Committee Exemplary Leader, Chamber Nonprofit Council.

She is the Greater New Bern National Day of Prayer Coordinator for several years, her featured work includes Women & Their Finances; The ABC’s of Collaboration, Living Beyond Time and “A Place at the Table”.

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