CANA Chair Howard Stoller called the meeting to order.
Minutes of the
Guest Speaker: Executive
Director Steve Longo,
Albany Housing Authority has offered
Additional funds may be available, and it is possible
that the AHA will provide this grant annually.
Mr. Longo explained the role of the AHA in administering the Section 8 housing
program. The program is no longer an
entitlement program and now gives priority to working families and individuals
with disabilities and special needs. Candidates
apply for assistance at the AHA and, when they are at the top of the waiting
list, submit documentation and are screened for consideration.
Those who have been arrested during the prior five years for offences
that include violence, drugs, or a history or pattern of criminal or disruptive
behavior are disqualified. Sex
offenders are also disqualified. The
waiting list in
the individuals find housing they are also screened by prospective landlords.
And the Albany Housing Authority inspects potential residences to ensure
they meet federal standards. Support
services available to landlords include training programs and a vacancy listing
are recertified on an annual basis and can lose their Section 8 vouchers if they
are arrested, reported to the police or AHA for nuisance violations, commit
fraud relevant to their Section 8 status, and/or do not keep the rental property
AHA is not a vehicle for warehousing the homeless and troubled.
It provides counselors and other resources to assist voucher-holders in
becoming self-sufficient within five years.
As the family's income increases, the portion of rent they pay goes up
and the difference is held in an escrow account.
Section 8 vouchers can be used to make mortgage payments, and through the
City's home purchase assistance programs,
Albany Housing Authority is working with several other agencies such as parole,
probation, and DSS to set up a resource center to share information about where
DSS and AHA voucher holders reside in order to avoid concentration in any one
location or neighborhood. At this
time AHA can provide information on the location of Section 8 housing within
neighborhoods, but the names and other identifying information are not public
AHA also is one of a consortium of agencies that share and provide resources to
the community such as day care, after school programs, and employment
counseling. Some services are
provided in AHA facilities, while others are provided through contracts with
Boys and Girls clubs, etc.
is presently a "no growth" mood in Congress as well as a request for
cutbacks, so it is unlikely that additional funds will be made available to
expand the program in the near future. The
agency has no authorization to rehab or acquire new housing.
presentation by the Albany County Department of Social Services relative to
their voucher housing program is being considered.
Albany Housing Authority is committed to getting and keeping neighborhood
associations vital and looks forward to sending representatives to
Arbor Hill Neighborhood Plan will be presented and discussed at the October CANA
meeting. The November meeting will
be held at the Sematech facility at the corner of
were reminded to subscribe to the
The suggestion was made that the NRC consider holding this and future
during a season other than late November.
The argument was made that the
conference is held, and then participants have difficulty following up
due to holiday
activities so soon afterward. The
Committee chair agreed to consider other dates for
Information about the status of a law suit initiated by the Center Square
Neighborhood Association against the City of
The meeting adjourned at