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Warsaw Indiana: City Departments
Pam Kennedy, Executive Director
827 S. Union Street, Suite 230
Warsaw, IN 46580
Phone: (574) 269-7641
Fax: (574) 269-3389
12-22-2006 - WHA, HOW Elect Officers For 2007
For more information, people may call HOW Executive Director Pam Kennedy at 574-269-7641.
Pam Kennedy, director of the ...
Pam Kennedy, director of the Goshen/Warsaw Housing Authority, announced Tuesday that HUD is reducing voucher assistance for Goshen because of more than $500,000 in unaccounted money.
That was the warning from Pam Kennedy, executive director of the Goshen/Warsaw Housing Authority, who outlined the crisis scenario to board members of the Goshen Housing Authority Tuesday.
The housing authority staff was expected to begin informing about 29 families who were in the midst of seeking federal housing assistance - including some who have already paid a down payment on apartments that their chances for assistance is close to nil.
But that is only the first step.
The agency must identify and remove 100 more families over the next nine months, Kennedy
On top of that, the federal government is advising the agency to identify three more families per month for the next year to be removed from the program.
All of that is the result of a new federal effort to crackdown on agencies with large reserves built up over the past 10 years.
But Goshen's agency, which has been wracked with financial mismanagement in recent years, apparently was supposed to have about $714,000 in its reserves, according to Kennedy
, but only has a current balance of $151,836.
And the government wants its money back.
Payments to be reduced
said the agency learned two weeks ago from representatives of HUD
that the federal government is seeking the return of $571,050 and demands that it be achieved by reducing monthly payments to the agency, thus forcing the agency to reduce services by eliminating rental-assistance vouchers.
The agency is also facing another constraint since federal support of administrative costs for local agencies is based on the number of vouchers it administers.
As a result, Kennedy
anticipates the consortium will lose funding for up to two office workers - a cut she
says would make it impossible to oversee the program effectively.
If the agency is somehow able to come up with the money, it could stave off almost all of the mandates being handed down by HUD
"We know bits and pieces," Kennedy
The new federal directive that led to the crisis came in part because HUD
knew some local agencies had built up huge reserves, some of which exceeded $1 million, Kennedy
11-22-2006 - Syracuse OKs Housing Ordinance
First to address the council was Pamela Kennedy, executive director of Housing Opportunities of Warsaw.Ê She submitted to the council a resolution regarding the obtaining of a community block grant for Syracuse to be involved with what is known as the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program.ÊThis grant would allow Syracuse to apply for up $150,000 that would enable the town to meet the affordable housing and community development needs of low- and moderate-income persons.
According to Kennedy, Indiana has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation, and the purpose of such grants is to keep people in their homes.Ê The money awarded to individuals is based on income.
The council approved Kennedy's
Also present at the meeting were ...
Also present at the meeting were Warsaw Housing Authority Executive Director Pam Kennedy and WHA board member Kurt Carlson.
"It pretty much, hopefully, brings us to the point where Pam
and her staff can take full responsibility and authority over all the day-to-day operations relieving you folks of having to manage on a day-to-day basis, as you are now and have been for a while," Carlson said.
Assets, debts and bank accounts will remain separate, but will be administered and managed by Kennedy and her staff, while operating expenses will be divided among the Warsaw and Goshen agencies as well as Housing Opportunities of Warsaw Inc. (HOW), proportionally based on staff time.
HOW is a not-for profit housing development corporation led by WHA Executive Director Pam Kennedy.
Through conversation with Kennedy
and as there are no covenants, liens or other use requirements on the property, the board approved renting the unit on a first-come-first-served basis with rent set according to HUD-designated fair market rent for Elkhart County.
questioned the board on how they selected tenants and discovered they have no written policy on choosing tenants, so one will now be drafted.
An update to authorized signators on the agency's home ownership accounts at 1st Source Bank and Lake City Bank
to include the appropriate members of the board as well as Kennedy
was approved 7-1.