The Wyoming Housing Opportunities Association, Inc., was created in August 1993 for the purpose of accessing nonprofit set aside funding for the development of the Village Creek Townhomes project in Cheyenne. The Village Creek project was completed and occupancy began in the Spring of 1995. The need for WHOA as a nonprofit partner continued and later projects were planned and completed resulting in affordable housing creation in Laramie, Park and Big Horn Counties. The other projects in partnership or ownership by WHOA are Foxcrest Elderly, The Surrey Elderly, Golden Meadows and Patterson projects. In addition, a single -family housing development in Lovell was the organization's first attempt at a partnership in single family homeownership through new construction. WHOA also manages its rental properties in Cheyenne and Powell.
WHOA is governed by a volunteer non-compensated Board of Directors that is composed of members with professional and residential disciplines vital to achieving its stated mission. Throughout the fifteen years of its existence, WHOA has worked to create and implement planning for the development, construction and acquisition of affordable housing serving households at or below eighty percent of area median income by family size. WHOA's first project, Village Creek Townhomes in Cheyenne, a fifty-one unit development was designed to convert from rental to homeownership after fifteen years. Planning is underway to ensure that a successful conversion to income eligible households at below market prices takes place.
The Board of Directors has made single family homeownership and the conversion of Village Creek to homeownership the organization's priority in its current strategic plan.
The contribution and technical assistance by the leadership and staff of the Wyoming Community Development Authority has in the past and continues to play a major role in the successful development and completion of projects executed by WHOA.