Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb Public Housing Agency is being dissolved

The Green Hills Community Action Agency and Grundy County Public Housing Agency  will begin to administer the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8/HUD) in rural portions of Buchanan County.

The prior administrator, the ABCD (Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb) PHA (Public Housing Agency), is being dissolved. That entity also is in charge of the housing program in the other counties.

 The GCPH will become the point of contact for all current tenants and landlords. Landlords working with ABCD should now contact the community action agency when a tenant moves out, or if they have questions regarding the change.

Tenants should plan to contact Community Action to report changes to income or household members, or if they are planning a move.

The PHA will be responsible for applicable housing in Buchanan County that is outside of the St. Joseph city limits. It also serves Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy, Harrison, Linn, Livingston (outside the Chillicothe city limits), Mercer, Putnam and Sullivan counties in northern Missouri.

City Comptroller finds New York City Housing Authority is sitting on more than 2,000 vacant apartments.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer released an audit of the New York City Housing Authority at a news conference at the Raymond V. Ingersoll Houses in Brooklyn stating that the Housing Authority is sitting on more than 2,000 vacant apartments while 270,000 New Yorkers are on a waiting list for public housing.

The audit found that 1,366 apartments are empty for repairs while another 976 are between tenants.

82 housing authority apartments have been vacant for at least three years, 79 for seven to 10 years, and 80 apartments have been empty for more than 10 years. One apartment has been vacant since 1994.

Authority apartments taken off the market for repairs typically stay vacant for an average of 2,605 days, or more than seven years.

The audit also highlighted that some apartments remain vacant even after repairs are complete.

In one housing development, it found 58 apartments vacated for elevator repairs stayed empty for an average of 288 days after the elevator was fixed.

The housing authority says its vacancy rate is the lowest it’s been in years, currently at 1 percent.

The agency disputed the audit’s finding that the vacancies led to $8 million in lost rent.

The audit covered the period between July 2012 and April 2015.

The audit recommends the authority streamline repair operations and keep better records on vacant apartments.

Gainesville Housing Authority application process causes confusion

Gainesville Housing Authority opened its waiting list via an online only application.

However, the list filled up within 45 minutes of opening and the phones rang with confused applicants unable to complete their applications.

Apparently, the system was designed to discontinue applicants once it reached its target of 400 available positions on the waiting list.

“Unfortunately it’s just like when you’re online purchasing an airline ticket, and there’s four left, and you’re busy putting in all your information, but it might be other people also putting in that information and so once the system hits the four applicants, that’s who gets the ticket and the rest of us we have to try again,”  says Pam Davis, Executive director with Gainesville Housing Authority

It would be advisable for the housing authorities to provide a pop-up in future when no more applications are being accepted.

Another opportunity for 400 spots is expected in December.

Freeport Housing Authority celebrates 4th annual scholarship award

The 4th annual luncheon also honored recipients of the Dr. Peter Flynn scholarship program. The theme of the luncheon was “We Were Made to Thrive.” Activities included a keynote address from Bridget Trainor, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and scholarship presentations.The eight recipients each received $1,000 toward continuing their education. The scholarship was created in 2012, and named for outgoing interim Freeport School District Superintendent Dr. Peter Flynn in honor of his 50-year dedication to education.

Any graduating high school senior going on to college that is a Housing Authority resident was eligible to apply. If there is a low number of students that fit the criteria, the applications are opened up to all of Stephenson County. This year, only one recipient is a Freeport Housing Authority resident.

The event, which also functions as a fundraiser for the scholarship fund, raised more than $900 in a pre-event 50-50 raffle. This year the housing agency hopes to raise $15,000 to go toward next year’s scholarships and event costs through the raffle, a silent auction and corporate sponsors. In 2014, the luncheon raised about $10,000.

Congratulation to the 2015 Dr. Peter Flynn Scholarship Fund recipients:

1. Mirakel Dedmond – Highland Community College, Nursing

2. Patricia Garcia – Highland Community College, Nursing

3. Kyliah Hughes – Howard University, Pre-Med Bio Chemistry

4. Morgan Owens – Highland Community College, Elementary Education

5. Warren Pearson Jr. – Quincy University, Sports Management with a Business minor

6. Togianna Pempilton – Savannah State University, Social Work

7. Brandon Peterson – Highland Community College, Business

8. Asaphyon Sledge – Upper Iowa University, Sports Communication

Hawaii County closing Section 8 waiting list on July 10

On July 10, Hawaii County will stop taking applications for the federally subsidized rental assistance program commonly known as Section 8.

The current waiting list has more than 7,000 applicants.

The current waiting period is more than five years

The freeze does not apply to the Ainakea Senior Residences project in Kapaau.

The freeze applies to Housing Choice vouchers and project-based vouchers,

Robeson County Housing Authority to pay back $709,000

In June 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development began a investigation into the Robeson County Housing Authority.

This resulted in the suspension and eventual resignation of RCHA director Ron Oxendine, who left office in October, and the ordering of the RCHA to pay back money that had been misused.

Patrick Pait , the county attorney, has been in negotiations with HUD since January to reach a settlement.

The board, acting as the Robeson County Housing Authority, unanimously approved a resolution Monday night to pay back more than $709,000 over the course of 25 years to the Low Rent Public Housing Program.

The RCHA will back its first of 25 installments of $28,375.61 on July 1. The money cannot come from federal funds.

The board discussed the resolution in closed session, with only the vote coming during the public portion of its meeting.

Peoria Housing Authority won the Merit Award

Peoria Housing Authority is getting some national recognition for a self-sufficiency program it started.

PHA won the Merit Award for efforts in Housing and Community Development for their 3E program.

It helps people who have public housing get ready to go back to school, and in its first year, 25 people have started attending Illinois Central College to  have become Certified Nursing Assistants.

Four have passed their exams and three have gotten jobs as CNA’s.”

Housing Authority of the City of El Paso has a commercial

“They say home is where the heart is. And its true. At HACEP, we believe all people in need deserve a safe and affordable place they can call home. That’s why we’re breaking ground with a bold, new initiative to improve the quality of life for thousands of El Pasoans, while boosting our city’s economy, creating new jobs, and revitalizing our community.Our quest is to position El Paso as a national leader in public housing. HACEP, building home together.”

Alice Housing Authority awards college scholarship

Veronica Phenix and Ruben Najera Jr., two Alice High School seniors, were awarded $500 scholarships by the Alice Housing Authority Wednesday afternoon.

“We congratulate the students in their success,” said Irma Cuellar, Alice Housing Authority Executive Director.

Housing Authority City of Alice

125 Olmito St, Alice, TX 78332
(361) 664-3453

Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing Authority will be re-opening family unit waiting lists

Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing Authority will be re-opening four- and five-bedroom family unit waiting lists effective Monday.

Applications will be available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(The office will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch each day.)

Eligibility requirements and occupancy standards are available in the CMHA office at 178 W. 4th St., Chillicothe.

All other waiting lists remain open.