A Brief History
The Housing Authority of the Township of Irvington (IHA) was originally incorporated in 1949, in order to develop, maintain, manage and provide decent, safe, affordable rental housing for eligible, low-income senior and family tenant households.
The IHA site was named “Camptown Gardens”, in honor of William Camp, one of the original settlers of the nearby city of Newark, NJ, whose family owned the land along the Elizabeth River in Irvington (then Camptown) in 1750, upon part of which IHA was subsequently developed, much later.
The site consists of 670 rental units, as well as administrative offices and resident facilities, located on a city block, in fourteen low–rise and high-rise buildings. IHA also administers more than 600 Section 8 Vouchers, including portables.
Board of Commissioners
Carmelo G. Garcia, MSIS, IM, CPM
A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Carmelo Garcia is a committed advocate of citizen rights and takes a collaborative approach to ensure all stakeholders are represented in the growth the state is seeing today. Living by the mantra “We Can, We Will, Watch Us” make a difference, he brings a goal-oriented and outcome-driven attitude to his work and thrives on building relationships with partners across the development spectrum.
Garcia received his Master of Science in Information Systems and Management from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken and his Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Seton Hall University in South Orange. He also has a Certification in Public Policy & Community Development from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, a Certification in Leadership and Management from Cornell University, and a Certification in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University.