The Public Housing Act of 1937 created The United States Housing Authority. Zanesville Metropolitan Housing Authority was established March 23, 1938. Date of Formal Acceptance for Coopermill Manor, 324 Units, was June 1, 1941. Date of Formal Acceptance of Maple Terrace, 100 Unit mid-rise was October 1, 1973. Date of Formal Acceptance of the Lease Housing Development, 200 Units, which includes Race Circle, Larzelere Ave., Todd Place, Redman Road, Adams Circle and Michael Drive was October 1, 1974. Date of Formal Acceptance of Bonifield Court, 50 Units was November 30, 1984.
Administrative offices are located in the J. Lincoln Knapp Center, 407 Pershing Road. This modern structure was dedicated in 1994, and named for the late Judge J. Lincoln Knapp, one of Zanesville Metropolitan Housing Authority's original commissioners.
The James D. Singer Activity Center at 831 Matthews Street, dedicated in 1996, houses a gymnasium and training facility. This facility is perhaps Zanesville Metropolitan Housing Authority's most used facility with recreational activities encompassing the entire community. The James D. Singer Center was named in honor of former and long sitting board of commissioners member for Zanesville Metropolitan Housing Authority James D. Singer.
Executive Director ZHMA
Steven G. Randles has been employed by ZMHA since 2005, and has served as Executive Director since October 2009. He has a diverse background in law, finance and management. Mr. Randles served as President of the Ohio Housing Authorities Conference from 2015 to 2017, and continues to be involved in many community activities.
James E. Workman Jr.
James E. Workman Jr. has served as commissioner for ZMHA since April 2011 as an appointee of the Muskingum County Probate Court. He has been Chair of the board since March 2023. Mr. Workman is semi-retired from the practice of law and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Zane State College, and Ohio University Zanesville.
Joyce Hill has been a member of ZMHA’s Board of Commissioners since her appointment by the Muskingum County Commissioners in October 2014. She has been Vice Chair of the board since March 2023. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, particularly regarding fair housing issues, from her career in public service. Now retired, Ms. Hill enjoys baking, traveling and grandparenthood.
C. James Wright
C. James Wright was first appointed to the ZMHA board by the Mayor of the City of Zanesville in January 1989, and has continuously served in that capacity since then. Mr. Wright was the owner/operator of a family business until his retirement. He continues to be actively involved with the Muskingum Valley Old Timers Association.
Gary L Long has served as a resident member of the ZMHA board since his appointment by the Mayor of the City of Zanesville in March 2014. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and retired from Ohio Ferro Alloy after 20 years of service. He then worked for many years as a public safety officer at Genesis Health Care System. He is now very involved in local community gardening efforts, especially the Brighton Grows Community Garden, as a Master Gardener.
John Wheeler was appointed as a ZMHA board member by the judges of the Muskingum County Common Pleas Court in February 2023. He is a certified public accountant and a partner in SEO CPA Group Ltd. John is a life-long Zanesville resident. He was an Eagle Scout and currently serves as a member of the Muskingum Valley Boy Scout Counsel.