Consolidated housing authorities.
If the governing body of each of two or more municipalities by resolution declares that there is a need for one housing authority for all of such municipalities to exercise in such municipalities the powers and other functions prescribed for a housing authority, a public body corporate and politic, to be known as a consolidated housing authority, with such corporate name as it selects, shall thereupon exist for all of such municipalities and exercise its powers and other functions within its area of operation, as defined in this section, including the power to undertake projects therein; and, thereupon, any housing authority created for any of such municipalities shall cease to exist except for the purpose of winding up its affairs and executing a deed of its real property to the consolidated housing authority. The creation of a consolidated housing authority and the finding of need therefor shall be subject to the same provisions and limitations of this article as are applicable to the creation of a regional housing authority and that all of the provisions of this article applicable to regional housing authorities and the commissioners thereof shall be applicable to consolidated housing authorities and the commissioners thereof. The area of operation or boundaries of a consolidated housing authority shall include all of the territory within the boundaries of each municipality joining in the creation of such authority, together with any additional territory included within the boundaries of a housing authority that has been created for such municipality; except, that such area of operation may be changed to include or exclude any municipality or municipalities, with its aforesaid additional territory, in the same manner and under the same provisions as provided in this article for changing the area of operation of a regional housing authority by including or excluding a contiguous county or counties. For all such purposes, the term "county" shall be construed as meaning "municipality," the term "governing body" in Section 24-1-107 shall be construed as meaning "mayor or other executive head of the municipality," and the terms "county housing authority" and "regional housing authority" shall be construed as meaning "housing authority of the city" and "consolidated housing authority," respectively, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context. Except as otherwise provided in this article, a consolidated housing authority and the commissioners thereof shall, within the area of operation of such consolidated housing authority, have the same functions, rights, powers, duties, privileges, immunities, and limitations as those provided for housing authorities created for municipalities, counties, or groups of counties and the commissioners of such housing authorities, in the same manner as though all the provisions of law applicable to housing authorities created for municipalities, counties, or groups of counties were applicable to consolidated housing authorities.
(Acts 1943, No. 541, p. 512, §8.)