Bath Housing Authority was established in 1969 by resolution of the City Council of Bath in order to address the shortage of safe affordable housing available to low income households. In 1984, an affiliated non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, Bath Housing Development Corporation, was founded with a shared mission and service area. Both entities serve the City of Bath and the area within ten miles including the entire towns of West Bath, Woolwich, Arrowsic, Georgetown and Phippsburg.
Bath Housing has a long history of connecting housing and healthcare. In late 1990’s, the organization ran The Nursing Center at Bath Housing. With pilot funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and private foundations, the Nursing Center was a collaboration with Midcoast Hospital, St. Joseph College, CHANS, and Bath Housing. The Center assisted Bath Housing’s aging residents in remaining as independent as possible within their community while providing an opportunity for nursing students to work in-home during all phases of their nurse training. A contracted RN preceptor supervised student work. While the program ended with the loss of federal funding after four years, Bath Housing has continued to build programmatic supports in collaboration with the medical community to facilitate aging in place for its residents.