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Rent for some going up

County’s housing authority following directive from HUD

September 10, 2010
Recipients of housing assistance may start paying higher fees, bringing rent into line with rates others pay. At Thursday morning meeting of the Warren County Housing Authority’s board of directors, Executive Director Georgetta Bishop explained the item will appear on the October meeting’s agenda. The increase would charge tenants fair market value, she said. Authority officials have not increased rent in four years, Bishop said, with the maximum of $410 for a one-bedroom unit at Conewango Towers remaining stagnant at that time. Tenants either pay that amount or 30 percent of income, she said, if that figure proves cheaper. “It will not affect a lot of people,” Bishop said, “but some people pay it.” That maximum would rise to $490, Bishop said. She compared it to other local listings such as $350 for an efficiency apartment, $400 for another apartment and $500 for a third. Board member Jolene Weaver said the condition of an apartment affects the rent. While one may go for $300, she said people may not want to live there. Bishop said she has tried to explain to officials at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development the authority’s properties have vacancies. In order to fill them, she said the board has tried to keep prices as low as possible. “HUD argues the services we offer set our housing apart,” Bishop said. “A lot of apartments in the community do not include utilities.” The board’s next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at Conewango Towers.

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