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Housing Authority chief touts tenant communication

More progress is being seen in regard to the Dunkirk Housing Authority, courtesy of its new director.

Elizabeth Cardona, who took the helm of the agency after a summer of tumult, has moved quickly to quell concerns of residents regarding minor issues in the buildings to major concerns, including the lack of a picnic in July. Cardona has also boosted communication with those residents.

Starting this month, a newsletter is being distributed. It offers information on the events taking place at the Housing Authority and other items residents should be aware of in the High Rise, Lincoln Arms or Bell Towers.

In addition, a new meeting has been set up to address tenant-only concerns. The first meeting was on Thursday, Nov. 20.

“We can talk … as free as you want,” Cardona told those in attendance. “This is your meeting.”

Cardona also reported progress in the collection of rent. In October, $64,905 in rent was billed by the authority and $5,860 was still owed. She told the board that $2,271 not paid is tied to tenants going through an eviction process.

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