The Housing Authority is seeking offers to purchase the Crystal Towers apartment community and developing it to its highest and best use for the benefit of the City of Winston-Salem. The Crystal Towers Apartment Community is a two-hundred one (201) unit, eleven (11) story high-rise constructed in 1970 and located at 625 West Sixth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

Crystal Towers Request for Offers Document (254kb)

Mr. Alfred G. Adams is a member of our HAWS Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Adams is a retired attorney who has been very active in the revitalization of downtown Winston-Salem. Having earned both his undergraduate and his Juris Doctor degrees from Wake Forrest University (WFU), where he also served for a time as adjunct faculty, he is a valued member of the WFU community.

Today WFU is honoring Commissioner Adams by dedicating a portion of their homepage to sharing his story. Please take a look at the site to learn more about this valued member of our own HAWS family

We are notifying you about a change in the smoking policy at all of our Public Housing communities.

As of June 1, 2018, smoking will be prohibited in common areas, apartment units, and within the footprint of our community, including porches and balconies for all family communities. The High Rise buildings will have one designated smoking location in an outside location. This new policy applies to all residents, guests, employees and contractors.

HUD published a final rule for each Public Housing Agency administering low-income, conventional public housing to initiate a smoke-free policy. The effective date of the Rule is February 3, 2017, and it provides an 18-month implementation period.

For Immediate Release - Seeking Offers to Purchase Crystal Towers Site

August 15, 2018 (Winston-Salem, NC) – The Winston-Salem Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners voted yesterday to allow interested parties to submit purchase offers on the Crystal Towers apartment community. Crystal Towers, an 11-story high-rise located at 625 West Sixth Street in downtown Winston-Salem, was opened in 1970 and is home to approximately 200 residents. The Housing Authority’s Request for Offers will be published on its website,, and will be open from August 20, 2018 through October 15, 2018.

HAWS Residents (Public Housing Only) We are pleased to announce the launch of a new web-based information center for our residents. This web site will allow you to:
  • Review and update your information, such as e-mail and phone numbers, to ensure quality communication.
  • Review family member, income and assets details.
  • Review waiting list basic details and preferences
  • Submit work orders
Please click “register now” below to register for the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem’s RentCafé. All current residents will receive a letter with your information needed to register for this portal. Please wait until you receive this letter before you attempt the registration process.

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Please be advised that ALL Waiting Lists for Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs are closed until further notice. No applications, for either program, are being accepted at this time. Thank you.

The Housing Authority of Winston-Salem is updating the owner portal effective November 1, 2017. Owners will have access to monthly HAP statements, caseworker contact information, inspection schedules and reports, and 1099s. Please click “register now” below to register for the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem’s RentCafé. If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. NOTE: If you are a current landlord you will receive either a letter or email with your registration steps.

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