Posted: Nov 1, 2012 5:29 PM by Andrew Ellison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Nov 1, 2012 7:18 PM
ARANSAS PASS - The Aransas Pass Housing Authority is under fire from the Department of Housing and Urban Development because of low scores on public housing assessments.
6 News obtained a letter from June detailing those scores. The letter was sent to the A.P.H.A Board of Commissioners from the H.U.D office in San Antonio. The letter says that the A.P.H.A has been classified as "troubled" for the last four years. It also says that on its most recent assessment, the Authority received an overall score of 42 out of 100. And it received a 5 out of 25 in the management category.
The letter goes on to say that the Authority has been on a corrective action plan for almost three years. It says they are suppoed to submit progress reports every month, but the San Antonio office for H.U.D has only gotten three the entire time they've been on the program.
Another problem the letter listed was occupancy rate. H.U.D says that housing authorities like Aransas need to be 98% full with tenants, but Aransas has hovered around just over 87%.
The letter says that H.U.D is worried about all these problems. The letter states, "It does not appear that serious efforts have been made to implement the corrective action plan". Then it goes on to say, "We must conclude that the current management of the authority does not have the capacity to properly administer the section 8 program".
A.P.H.A Board Chairman Alice Sloan says that kind of concern from H.U.D means that the Aransas office needs to work on more positive aspects like more training. She says they need to bring things back up to where they should be.
She added that she and Program Director Laura Simank came on-board after the program was classified as "troubled", and they've been trying to fix it ever since.
"Many of these issues that you're looking at in this letter have already been resolved and the board has been working diligently with the current staff to continue to resolve them," Sloan says.
Program Director Laura Simank showed us documents that detail progress being made on each of the goals in the corrective action plan from H.U.D, like ensuring reasonable rent and better quality assurance inspections.
Bottom line is they may have a steep hill to climb, but progress is being made.
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