Members serve 5-year terms. There are 5 members, 1 appointed by the governor and 4 are chosen by ballot.
The Winchester Housing Authority (WHA) is authorized to manage the construction, financing, maintenance, and rental policies of low-cost housing for low-income families and the elderly. It reports to the state and federal governments concerning their respective programs. The WHA owns and operates 112 Ch. 689 public housing units for senior citizens and 9 units of chapter 705 state-aided housing for families, and it administers 143 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.