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Working with sequestration in the public housing program: Tip #8

Posted by NMA on Apr 24, 2013 11:29:03 AM

Cara GilletteAs we know, public housing funding for April is at a 73% proration level. HUD plans to issue a second funding to bring the April proration level up to 79%.

The business of owning and managing affordable housing in decent, safe, and sanitary condition and in good repair remains our mission. PHAs need to plan more strategically than ever before. So, as all businesses must ask in tough times: How can we maximize dollars and cut costs?

Tip #8: Look at entrepreneurial opportunities.

What about renting space to outside entities? Don't do this if a nonprofit is providing an essential function, like daycare, in your community room. But are there opportunities to use some spaces at your central office or at the properties? If you manage your stock well, what about acquiring or managing some properties in the private sector?

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NMA senior associate Cara Gillette trains, consults, and provides technical assistance nationwide in fair housing, public housing management, hearings, economic self-sufficiency, and governing boards. Prior to joining NMA, Ms. Gillette served at the San Diego Housing Commission, administering its public housing and Section 8 waiting lists, serving as hearing officer, managing public housing, and overseeing resident economic development programs. She has previously written for the NMA blog about blended occupancy projects.

If you find that you need staffing help during sequestration, NMA can assist your agency with recertifications (done remotely), quality control, outsourced hearing officer services (done remotely), HQS inspections, and more. Email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: Budget Cuts, Entrepreneurship, Sequestration

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