Recent HUD inspections of PHA properties included improved scores and ratings achieved with upward trends identified to meet HUD policies. Director Newman and board recognized efforts of all staff in this achievement.
PEORIA HOUSING AUTHORITY (PHA) FIVE YEAR CAPTAL FUND PROGRAM 2020 AGENCY ANNUAL PLAN
The PHA recently completed a series of public hearings to get input from citizens on their Five Year Capital Fund Program (FY 2020-2024) and Annual Plan. The United States Human Services and Urban Renewal Department (HUD) requires a 45-day public comment period starting August 21, and ending October 4, 2019. Copies of the plans for public review can be obtained at the Peoria Housing Authority, 100 Richard Pryor Place, Peoria, IL. There were five public meetings scheduled. The meeting attended by Cheryl Budzinski and myself was on September 9 at PHA office at Harrison Homes. The meeting was led by Melissa Hofstadter; Kandace Simpson, PHA Administrative Assistant was present.
Melissa gave an overview of the specific developments and goals for sites for 2020; the PHA receives approximately $1.5 million annually and has 2 years to obligate funds and 4 years to expend them.
Chairman Cannon opened the Oct 7 Monthly Meeting at 4:30 pm with Commissioners Renee Andrews and Kim Furness absent. There were four individuals who spoke during Community Comments.
Peoria Housing Authority (PHA) Board of Commissioners meeting was held on August 5 at Taft Homes, 245 Green St. at 4:30 pm with Commissioners Tekia Childs and Renee Andrews absent.
Chairman Cannon informed the audience that additional board members would be present next meeting. Meeting agenda was posted on PHA web site; no additional information or approved meeting minutes were posted at the time of this meeting. Many residents of Taft Homes were present, anticipating discussion of the future plans to renovate Taft Homes. Commissioner Cannon explained that the plans would be shared with residents at public meetings as soon as they were available. There were no public comments. Jackie Neuman, CEO, gave her report and shared copies of PHA quarterly newsletter. Monthly Board meetings will be held at various PHA sites for improved communication with residents.
The Regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners for PHA was held on July 1, 2019 at 4:30 PM. The meeting began without a quorum. Council Person Denise Moore was present and discussed formation of Fair Housing and Fair Employment Commission. No further business took place until Commissioner Alma Brown arrived 4:59 PM.
Jackie Newman, Chief Executive Officer, discussed changes for PHA property at Taft and plan that compliments city revitalization plan. Commissioner Helen King asked if residents would be included in planning at Taft; response was affirmative. Harrison Resource Center will hold Grand Opening July 15. Resolution to approve early start development agreement with BEAR development of Taft Homes through Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program was approved.
The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting was scheduled to begin at 4:30 pm on June 3, 2019 at 100 S. Richard Pryor Place, Peoria IL. There were three Commissioners present at this time. Due to lack of a quorum, the meeting did not begin until 5:25 pm.
In the interim wait, new employee introduction was made, two FSS graduates were introduced. In addition, two NICHA Scholarship Award recipients were presented; one recipient has completed her BSN in Nursing.
This observer questioned PHA Secretary regarding lack of availability of Board packet or approved prior meeting minutes for 2019 on PHA website. Response was that many documents had been submitted to be posted on website and not in her control. Meeting Agenda was posted on PHA website. Statement, “Our website is under construction, please check back”, continues to be posted.
The PHA Board of Commissioners regular meeting was held May 6, 2019 at the Frank Campbell Community Center, 312 S. Merriman, Peoria. The meeting started on time at 4:30 pm. All members were present.
A resident of Sterling Towers spoke during the Community Comments time; he was very complimentary to staff member who has assisted many of the residents and was concerned about changes in employee roles.
Hedy Elliot Gardner recognized memorial garden at Harrison Homes; thanked volunteers, maintenance staff for assistance in project. She also expressed concern regarding Trespass List sent from PHA Security and how list is updated. PHA Office can assist with how list is updated.
Appointment of Kadar Heffner as Commissioner and Treasurer was made. Minutes of the regular session of April 1, 2019 were approved.
Director Jackie Newman requested that regular monthly meetings be changed to PHA office, 100 S. Richard Pryor Place. PHA offices have been remodeled and have space for these meetings.
Director Newman reported PHA continues to focus on updating internal operations, policies and procedures to meet federal guidelines.
The Board of Commissioners meeting was held April 1, 2019 at 4:30 pm.
This Observer was unable to attend meeting due to set up of election equipment at polling place. Review of PHA website shows meeting Agenda available; no Board Packet was found nor prior approved minutes. Website continues to be in progress. Highlights of Agenda for this meeting: CEO Report, approval of intergovernmental agreement between PHA and Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) for management services, and 2018 Agency goals.
Next scheduled meeting of PHA is May 6, 2019 at 4:30 pm. At The Frank Campbell Community Center, 312 S. Merriman St., Peoria,
Peoria Housing Authority Board of Commissioners met promptly at 4:30 p.m. March 11 at 312 S. Merriman. Vice Chair Carl Cannon led the meeting. Also present were Commissioners Anne Fox, Tekia Childs, Helen King and Director Jackie Newman. Commissioner Alma Brown arrived at 4:36 p.m.
During public comment period, the question of when PHA website would be accessible was raised, as well as availability of agenda, board packets and prior meeting minutes. No agendas were available for public at this meeting. Response regarding website was that it should be up in five days.
As of March 27, website shows date of next Board of Commissioners meeting as April 1 and notes that website should be up soon. Peoria Journal Star reporter Steve Tarter was present at meeting and coverage of meeting was reported in newspaper.
Annual meeting of PHA Board of Commissioners was held February 4, 2019 at 3125 Merriman St., Peoria, IL. Meeting started on time at 4:30 PM and was chaired by Vice Chair, Carl Cannon. The Board addressed the required annual signing of commissioner documents: Conflict of Interest Statement and Confidentiality agreement. Forms were signed. Meeting was adjourned at 4:33 pm. Prior to adjourning the session, a motion was made and seconded to table meeting agenda until March meeting due to lack of quorum. Absent were Alma Brown and Ann Fox.
Regular meeting of Board of Commissioners followed Annual meeting and started at 4:34. Alma Brown, Secretary, arrived at 4:33 pm. Board packet and agenda was not on PHA website, but copies of agenda were available at the meeting. There were no public comments or media coverage. Jackie Newman, Executive Director was present and reported on HUD shutdown effects.
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