Amherst Housing Authority
Commission member Laura Quinn
During the routine approval of minutes Commission member Laura Quinn criticized the record keeping from the March 2nd meeting as "cryptic".
When asked to explain by outgoing Chair Paul Bobrowski she pointed out that her suggestion the Executive Director performance review be tied to her contract extension did not make it into the minutes.
The minutes were then amended to reflect her concerns, although not before audience member Alan Root complained they had been "sanitized."
Alan Root leaning in
The Amherst Housing Authority owns 191 units of housing in Amherst and manages another 36 units. But their main influence with providing affordable housing comes via a "voucher" program. The AHA oversees a federally funded Section 8 Rental program where they are authorized to issue up to 413 vouchers, which assists renters based on their income.
Housing Urban Development funding for that voucher program has returned from pre sequestation levels. In the upcoming fiscal year the AHA will receive $3,077,917 or enough to fund 390 vouchers, 23 less than their maximum.
Currently over 600 people/families are on the waiting list to receive a voucher.
Since the vouchers are based on a recipients income things can change from month to month. If the person loses their job then the amount of the voucher goes up thus making it hard to project overall costs.
Annual HUD funding is based on previous year's spending so if you have too much money left over your funding next year could go down, but if your average voucher goes up too much and the budget is overrun, they have to dip into reserves.