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Housing Authority Update: Best Practices

9/13/17 Council Meeting

PERTH AMBOY – Douglas G. Dzema, PHM Executive Director of Housing Authority gave a brief overview what the Housing Authority has achieved over the past year.

“Right now, we have over 1000 units in Perth Amboy that are monitored by HUD. We are tested annually and are a high performer. The poverty level in the City is 20%. For those under the age of 18, it is 25%. 30% for those on social security. 17% over the age of 65. There are 500 people on the waiting list. We’re looking to increase the turnover rate. We have been promoting self-sufficiency through furthering the education and employment opportunities of our residents. We have a mortgage program that can get up to 15 years of assistance. Over 100 participants had completed the self-sufficiency program. We’re only one of two HUD Certified Counseling Agencies. There are 365 Rental Housing Units under RAD (Rental Assistance Demonstration). We have awarded $75,000 in scholarships since 2007.”

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