Posted: 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Full statement released from Charlotte Housing Authority
The Charlotte Housing Authority received a copy of the letter of resignation from Commissioner Will Miller this morning after being contacted by WSOC TV for a comment on the letter. Commissioner Miller has served on the Board of Commissioners since 2007. The Charlotte Housing Authority thanks Commissioner Miller for his service on its Board.
"I wish to address some of the opinions expressed in Mr. Miller's letter," commented Geraldine Sumter, Chair of the Board of Commissioners.
The Charlotte Housing Authority continues to be a leader in providing housing to individuals who cannot otherwise attain conventional housing. This is demonstrated by outside third party audits, which are conducted every year. In addition, a recent program assessment by Quadel Consulting, a nationally recognized industry leader, found that our Public Housing Program and the Housing Choice Voucher Program are in compliance with HUD regulations and requirements. With approximately 99% of CHA's funding coming from or directed by HUD, it is important that CHA comply with HUD rules and regulations that specify how we administer these programs.
"We have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that program funds are used according to HUD rules and regulations to provide safe, quality housing for people living within the Charlotte Housing Authority's portfolio," said Chairwoman Sumter.
Since 1993, the Charlotte Housing Authority has increased affordable housing in the community from approximately 6,700 to over 11,000 opportunities. This includes our entire housing portfolio, Public Housing Program, Housing Choice Voucher program, and mixed income communities which have revitalized areas in Charlotte. 75% of the families that are new admissions are at 30% and below area median income which is $19,550 a year for a family of four.
Because we are more than an organization focused bricks and sticks, we also have a Family Self Sufficiency program that is moving families to work. This is accomplished with case managers who assist these families in job training and help to reduce the barriers that prevent them from going to work. CHA has begun to implement a work requirement for all able-bodied residents, excluding elderly and disabled, in an effort to help residents become self sufficient.
Through external partnerships, CHA continues to work to address the issues of homelessness and ending generational poverty. Some of the innovative community partnerships include:
"We will continue to explore developing partnerships despite the shrinking of available funding resources which we now face," said Chairwoman Sumter
CHA recently hired our new CEO/President A. Fulton Meachem, Jr. who will lead the agency strategically and continue to pursue opportunities in the community for partnerships.
"I believe that the Mayor and City Council have made able appointments to the Charlotte Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. These volunteers serve this Authority and the City of Charlotte because of their personal commitments to the well being of our residents and this community. I am unaware of any real or perceived personal conflicts of interest on the part of any member of the Authority. The Authority has policies governing the conduct of its staff and board which are consistent with city, state and federal requirements," commented Chairwoman Sumter. "Today we experience shrinking funds due to sequestration which places CHA at the will of HUD and the federal government. We are being funded at historically low levels that make maintaining and producing affordable housing opportunities even more challenging."
As a result of sequestration, both programs providing housing opportunities for approximately 22,000 people in Charlotte have experienced funding reductions. Our two major programs have been cut $2.1 million for HCV and $371,756 for Public Housing respectively.
We are proud of our accomplishments thus far and will continue to develop strategies to do more with less.